April 17, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The University of New Mexico women's soccer team travels to Tucson, Ariz. to take on the Arizona Wildcats tomorrow and a combination of semi-professional players. The Lobos are 2-0-1 on the spring with wins over UC-Santa Barbara, Weber State and a tie with San Diego.
"Arizona is a tough team," said head coach Kit Vela. "It's always good to play a Pac-10 team. We want to play the highest-level teams in the spring to help us prepare for the fall. We are happy to be playing a good Arizona team."
"Anytime you play a semi-professional team you play athletes that are mature and that have been through the college ranks," coach Vela added. "These girls are still playing for the love of soccer. They're a little more savvy and have a little more sophistication."
Arizona finished the 2008 season 9-11-0 and 2-7-0 in a tough Pac-10 that yielded five 2008 NCAA Tournament teams. The Lobos will also face mixed group of semi professional players from Southern California.
ALUMNI MATCH SETThe past will return to meet the present, as the Lobos take on the alumni in the annual Alumni Spring Match, on Saturday April 25. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. MT. Former Lobo greats will return and don the cherry and silver once again against the current Lobo squad.
WEEKEND RECAPThe Lobos took an 18-hour bus drive to Temecula, Calif. and had strong showing against three top tier teams in the College Showcase. A depleted Lobo squad fought to a 1-1 tie with 2008 NCAA Tournament qualifier San Diego. The Lobos lost senior Jess Quador early in the first half and used a young mix of players to hold down the defensive back line. Junior Kate Wyrick picked up her first goal of the spring on a cross from junior Rachel Fields.
With only a few hours of rest, New Mexico was back on the pitch to take on 2008 NCAA Tournament qualifier UC-Santa Barbara. The Lobos blanked UCSB 2-0. Sophomore Zaneta Wyne scored the Lobos first goal on a nice touch ball that beat the keeper. Junior Alexis Ball roped a ball from 20 yards out that found the back of the net and put the Lobos up by two.
For their last contest of the showcase the Lobos took on Weber State and prevailed 4-2. Rachel Fields beat the Wildcat goalkeeper near post to put the Lobos up 1-0. Sophomore Jordan Craig used a burst of speed to blow past the Wildcat defense and netted her first goal of the season. Sophomore Jennifer Williams put the Lobos on top 3-2 with a 20 yard free kick that was on target. Junior Katie McKernan put the finishing touches on the match when she used a nice touch on the ball, past the goalkeeper and put the Lobos on top 4-2.