Sept. 11, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Sophomore Jennifer Williams scored the game-winner in the sixth minute of the match to lead the Lobos to a 2-0 victory over Cal State Northridge in the UNM Nike Classic tonight. The Lobos are off to their best start in program history with a 6-0-0 record on the season. Not since the first year that women's soccer was played at UNM has a team done this well out of the gate. New Mexico also set a program record for the most consecutive wins in a season. The record was tied twice at five wins in 1993 and 1996. Cal State Northridge falls 3-4-0 on the season.
"I real happy for the girls," said head coach Kit Vela. "They have been working hard and it's nice to get a reward at the end of the day. Our job is not done however. It's great to set tradition and it's great to be 6-0 but and the end of the day we have to play hard everyday and get ready for conference play."
While Cal State Northridge seemed to be on the attack the Lobo defense held the Matadors to only nine shots in the match. The Lobo offensive fueled by youth and tenacity took 19 shots in the match with four on goal.
Williams picked up a through ball from Rachel Fields in only the sixth minute of the match and put away her sixth goal and fourth game-winner of the season. Williams game-winner puts her in a tie for fifth place all-time at UNM for game-winners in a season and a tie for sixth place all-time for career game-winners. The Moreno Valley Calif. native also put away her tenth career goal with ties her for eighth place all-time for career goals. The assist was Fields second on the season and third of her career.
True freshman Stephanie Rowe was only on the field for eight minutes before scoring the first goal of her collegiate career. Rowe took a ball from Nicole Reed that went over the top of Northridge backline. The ball found Rowe's foot and then found the back of the net in the 68th minute. The assist was Reeds third in the season and second in the last two matches.
Rowe is one of six true freshman to see the field for the Lobos this season and the first to find the back of the net.
Redshirt Kelli Cornell posted her sixth win of the season and fifth shutout. The San Clemente, Calif. native has not allowed a goal in the last 184 minutes. Cornell's five shutouts put her in a tie for fifth place all-time at New Mexico for shutouts in a season.
The Lobos will take on Tulsa on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Golden Hurricane fell to Kent State, 2-1 in the early game of the evening. For more information visit www.GoLobos.com.