Aug. 20, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.---The University of New Mexico women's soccer team defeated Montana 7-0 in Friday night's season opener. Seven Lobos combined for seven goals in front of a crowd of 1,206 at the UNM Soccer Complex. Jennifer Williams led the offensive charge for New Mexico with a goal, two assists and two shots on goal in only 36 minutes of action.
New Mexico led the match in all categories, holding the Grizzlies to only one shot in 90 minutes. The Lobos took 15 shots in the game, with a total of 10 shots on goal and four assists. UNM put 23 players on the pitch with freshman Liz Nare earning her first action for the Lobos with a start at defender.
"I think a positive from this is that I was able to get a lot of players on the field," said Lobo head coach Kit Vela. "There were a lot of freshmen who came on who had nervous jitters and some sophomores who redshirted last year and had never played in a real game. It was great, some players really found some rhythm."
The Lobos started off strong with senior Kate Wyrick scoring the first goal of the game just 10 minutes into the game. Less than eight minutes later, fellow senior Rachel Fields found the back of the net after receiving a cross from Williams and shot past the Montana keeper Julianna Jack. Zaneta Wyne and Roxie McFarland scored for New Mexico in the first half of play as the Lobos took a 4-0 lead into the break.
During halftime fans witnessed a Lobo family moment as they watched junior Kerrin Stephan accept a marriage proposal from long-time boyfriend Kris Bakhos. Excitement filled the stadium as Stephan nodded in shock when Bakhos kneeled on the grass, presenting the ring, and her New Mexico teammates cheered them on. And yes, he went to Jared.
Momentum followed the Lobos into the second half as Natalie Jenks scored at 52:51 after receiving another well-placed cross from Williams at the top of the goalie box. Ninety seconds later Williams followed suit securing the sixth goal of the game after lobbing the ball over the Montana keeper's head. The final goal of the night came from Jordan Craig off of a long kick from Kelli Cornell.
The Lobos are 1-0-0 on the season and will return to action against Nebraska at Noon on Sunday, Aug. 22 at the UNM Soccer Complex.