Sept. 21, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The University of New Mexico women's soccer team comes home after going 1-0-1 this past weekend to open up a five match homestand. The Lobos (7-0-2) will take on Northern Colorado Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT and Northern Arizona Friday at 7 p.m. The Lobos are riding a school record streak for most consecutive matches without a loss at nine.
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The Lobos kickoff conference play on Oct. 3 when they welcome TCU to the UNM Soccer Complex. New Mexico will wear pink jerseys in part of New Mexico's Think Pink Night to raise breast cancer awareness sponsored by UNM Hospitals.
HEAD COACH Kit Vela's WEEKLY ADDRESS"It's always good to be back home. Playing in front of our home crowd is always a special thing. The girls are going to continue to play hard and exciting as they have been. We've done a good job so far this season. We just need to stay focused for the next three weeks and go after each game one at a time."
"Northern Colorado is a good team. They have good players and they have established themselves in the Big Sky Conference. They've had some tight games. They are going to come down from Greenly and try to spoil our show at home."
"Northern Arizona is a tough team. Their style of play is tough to play against. They are competitive and they've got great players. It's a competitive match for us. I don't care where the game is played it's going to be a hard fought match. This is a great opportunity for us to prepare and get ready for conference."
LIVE STATS AND VIDEOAll Lobo women's soccer home matches will be streamed live through Lobo TV on www.GoLobos.com. Lobo women's soccer Sports Information Director Daniel Archuleta will provide play-by-play and former Lobo great Shannon Adragna will add color commentary. Live stats will be available through Gametracker on www.GoLobos.com for all women's soccer home matches. All neutral games for the UNM Nike Classic will be streamed through Lobot TV and will also feature Gametracker.
WEATHER REPORTWednesday's weather will call for isolated thunderstorms with a 30 percent chance of precipitation. The high will reach 58 degrees. On Friday the forecast will call for mostly sunny skies with a high of 72 degrees.
WILLIAMS WINS THIRD MWC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDSophomore Jennifer Williams has picked up her third Mountain West Conference Player of the Week award and her third in four weeks as announced by the conference office. Williams scored the game-winner that guided the Lobos to their first win in program history over Texas in Austin. Williams netted her seventh goal and fifth gamewinner of the season.
The announcement marks the first time in UNM history that one player has has received the award three times in a season. The Lobos have had four players of the week honors this season.
BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORYNew Mexico is currently 7-0-2 on the season which is the best in school history. With a 1-1 double overtime tie with Rice the Lobos set a school record for the most consecutive matches without a loss with eight. In the programs first year 1993, the Lobos went 5-0-0 to start the season. This is also the best start in head coach Kit Vela's career. Vela has been 3-2-0 to start the season three times (2004, 2006 and 2007). UNM is on win shy of reaching the eight win mark set the last four years.
ELITE COMPANYAs of Sept. 21 only 15 Division I programs remain undefeated and New Mexico is one of them. The Lobos are the only team in the MWC that are undefeated.
Undefeated teams left: NEW MEXICO (7-0-2), Maryland (7-0-0), Louisiana Tech (10-0-0), Stanford (9-0-0), North Carolina (7-0-1), Boston College (8-0-0), South Carolina (8-0-0), Mississippi State (8-0-0), Georgia (7-0-1), Arkansas (6-0-2), Canisius (6-0-1), Michigan State (6-0-2), Samford (5-0-1), Dayton (4-0-4), Chattanooga (5-0-0).
WILLIAMS NETS SEVENTH GOAL AND FIFTH GAMEWINNER OF THE SEASONSophomore Jennifer Williams is off to a tremendous start. In nine games the Moreno Valley Calif. native has scored seven goals and dished out four assists for a total of 18 points. Williams is also climbing the ranks of the UNM record book. The game-winner against Texas on Sept. 20 put her in a tie for second place all-time at UNM for game-winners in a season. Williams' 18 total points, puts her in a tie for seventh place all-time at UNM for points in a single season. Her 11 career goals and puts Williams in a tie for seventh place all-time at UNM for goals in a career. It was also Williams' sixth gamewinner of her career which puts her in a tie for third place all-time at UNM with current Lobo junior Alexis Ball.
CORNELL REMAINS UNDEFEATED IN FIRST YEAR IN GOALRedshirt freshman Kelli Cornell remains perfect on the season with a 7-0-2 record. The win put Cornell in a tie for seventh place all-time at UNM for wins in a single season. The San Clemente, Calif., native picked up her seventh shutout of the season and puts her in a tie for fourth place all-time at UNM for shutouts in a single season.
NATIONAL RECOGNITIONThe University of New Mexico women's soccer team has caught the attention of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Pacific Region. For the first time in school history the Lobos have earned a regional ranking and are currently ranked 10th in the poll released this Monday. New Mexico shares the 10th spot with USC (5-3-0) and San Diego State (5-3-2).
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST NORTHERN COLORADONew Mexico is 0-0-1 against Northern Colorado. The Lobos battled the Bears to a 0-0 double overtime draw on Sept. 12, 2003.
SCOUTING NORTHERN COLORADONorthern Colorado is currently 3-3-1 on the season. The Bears were last in action on Sept. 18 and lost 3-0 to Toledo. Northern Colorado is coached by Tim Barerra who is in his 11th year coaching the Bears. Barerra is currently 96-88-10 at Northern Colorado and is 160-132-13 over a 17-year tenure.
The Bears are led offensively by Sydney Vandervelde who has scored one goal and dished out one assist. In goal for the Bears is Kristen Salminen who has posted a record of 3-3-1 on the season and has only allowed five goals.
Northern Colorado returns six starters and 14 letterwinners from last years squad.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST NORTHERN ARIZONAThe Lobos have a commanding 6-1-1 record and is 3-0-1 in Albuquerque against the Lumberjacks. The Lobos tied the Lumberjacks 1-1 in double overtime last season. The last time New Mexico defeated NAU was Sept. 9, 2007 in a 1-0 victory. The Lumberjacks last defeated the Lobos, 4-1 on Nov. 4, 2001 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ARIZONANorthern Arizona is currently 4-4-1 on season. The Lumberjacks are ridding a three match winning streak downing after Embry-Riddle, 3-1, New Mexico State, 3-1 and Murray State, 4-0. NAU has out-scored it's opponents 10-2 over that span. The Lumberjacks are coached by Andre Luciano who is in his 10th year. Luciano currently has a 63-82-17 record at NAU.
The Lumberjacks are led offensively by Lauren Zallis who has scored four goals on the season.
In between the pipes for the Lumberjacks is Tori Rocke who has the most minutes and most matches played between three keepers. Rocke has allowed nine goals in 450 minutes of action and currently has a 1.80 goals allowed average. Rocke has a 2-3-0 record in goal for the Lumberjacks.
The Lumberjacks went 4-1-2 in Big Sky Conference play last season and earned a trip to the NCAA Women's College Cup. NAU returns nine starters and 16 letterwinners from last season.
LEADERS OF THE PACKSophomore Jennifer Williams and redshirt freshman Kelli Cornell currently lead the Mountain West Conference in several categories. Williams is the top gun in total points (18), tied for goals (7), game-winners (5) and is ranked second in assists (4). Cornell leads the league in save percentage (.889) shutouts (7) and in goals allowed average (0.32).
LAST MATCHESNew Mexico went 1-0-1 on the weekend in the state of Texas. On Friday, Sept. 18 the Lobos fought with Rice for 110 minutes before the match was called a 1-1 draw. Sophomore Jael Fanning picked up a rebound off the cross bar and put it past the Owl keeper to put the Lobos on top 1-0. New Mexico gave up the equalizer goal in the 88th minute. In the second overtime period sophomore Jordan Craig had New Mexico's best shot at victory. Craig made a good move into the box but her shot went just wide.
The Lobos set a school record for the most consecutive matches without a loss at eight.
On Sunday, Sept. 20 the Lobos picked their first win in program history over Texas in Austin. Sophomore Jennifer Williams netted her fifth gamewinner and seventh goal of the season in the 1-0 win over the Longhorns. Williams took a through ball from senior Jess Quador and redirected it to the back post and put the Lobos on top for good.
Redshirt freshman Kelli Cornell is now 7-0-2 and picked up her seventh shutout of the season. Cornell faced eight shots and made two key saves.
GOAL PRODUCTIONThis season the Lobos have found the back of the net 17 times. Seven different players have scored goals including, Jennifer Williams (7), Nicole Reed (2), Zaneta Wyne (2), Rachel Fields (1), Kate Wyrick (1), Jael Fanning (1), Jordan Craig (1) and Jess Quador (1). The Lobos have scored 15 goals and are out-scoring their opponents 17-3.
A TRADITION OF WINNINGHead coach Kit Vela is entering her ninth year at the helm of the women's soccer program. Since coming on in 2001 Vela has led the Lobos to the MWC Tournament seven out of eight years and has reached the championship match twice. In 2001 Vela was awarded the MWC Coach of the Year award.
Vela's squads have earned four consecutive winning seasons and are a force to be reckoned with in the MWC. Last season Vela earned her 50th career victory in a 1-0 decision over Drake on Sept. 5. Her first victory came in dramatic fashion as the Lobos stunned then No. 12 Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. on Sept. 30, 2001.
LOBOS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN MWC PRESEASON POLLThe University of New Mexico women's soccer team was picked to finish sixth this season by the conference head coaches. The Lobos were picked to finish sixth last year and ended the season in a tie for fourth place with UNLV. The top six teams at the end of the season get invited to the conference tournament which will be hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah.
SENIORS SHINETwo seniors will wear the Cherry and Silver for the final time this season. Jess Quador and Veronika Strnadova are the two lone seniors on the Lobo roster. Quador came to UNM as a transfer from Colorado last season. She has become one of the on-field leaders on the backline and of the entire team.
Strnadova has shown the heart of a lion. She has faced adversity in the form of an knee injury before the 2008 season. After a successful surgery, Strnadova was able to make a full recovery and is at 100 percent for her senior season.
WILLIAMS DOES IT AGAINFor the second season in a row sophomore Jennifer Williams has scored the Lobos first goal of the season. Williams took a ball from fellow sophomore Nicole Reed and used her speed to fly past the Idaho State backline. After forcing the ISU keeper off her line Williams put the ball in between the keeper and the near post for the score in the 12th minute.
Last season Williams, as a true freshman, took a cross from senior Hannah Hand and headed top shelf for the Lobos first goal of the 2008 season and the first of her very bright career.
BUILDING FOR THE FUTURENew Mexico welcome's 11 incoming freshmen to the squad this fall. Hailing Southern California are goalkeeper Sydney George, defenders Sinead Fleming and Lauren Irwin, and midfielders Shelbie Luna and Channing Perea. From the Land of Enchantment are midfielders Kelly Angerosa, Ashley Espinoza and Rachel Montoya. From Colorado are midfielders Chandler Guetz and Stephanie Rowe. Out of Utah is utility player Melanie Ward.
The strong group of freshman all have the talent to see immediate playing time in coach Vela's system. Each new Lobo brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and prior acomplishments.