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UNM Returns Home To Face Portland State And Texas Tech
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/31/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 31, 2004

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UPCOMING:The University of New Mexico women's soccer team returns to action on Friday, Sept. 3, when it hosts Portland State in its home-opener at 1 p.m. (MDT) at the UNM Soccer Complex. Following Friday's match, UNM will host Texas Tech University on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 1 p.m. (MDT).For Friday's game, admission is free and Saturday's game is normal admission ($2 youth, $4 adult, $3 seniors and students are free). Due to construction at the north entrance of the complex, all fans are asked to enter at the south gate of the soccer stadium. Portland State (0-1-0, 0-0-0 Big Sky) Location: Portland, Ore. Conference: Big Sky Head Coach: Tara Erickson (Washington, `95) Record at Portland State: 21-30-7 (3 years) Starters Returning/Lost: 10/1 2003 Record: 7-10-1 2003 Conference Record: 2-3-1 (5th) UNM vs. Portland State: 1-0 Top Goal Scorer Returning: Jamie Blakesley with 6 in 2003 Top Assists Returning: Julie Forrest with 5 in 2003 Top Goalie Returning: Nikki Brooks (1.73 GAA) Notes: Portland State is coming off a 2-0 loss against Boise State over the weekend. The Vikings play six games on the road before returning to home territory where they will host Washington. This season, Portland State fields 16 letterwinners and nine newcomers. New Mexico will be the Viking's second match of the season. Web Site: Portland State Athletic Department Website TEXAS TECH (1-1-0, 0-0-0 BIG 12) Location: Lubbock, Texas Conference: Big 12 Head Coach: Felix Oskam (North Texas, `81) Record at Texas Tech: 35-88-5 (7 years) Starters Returning/Lost: 8/4 2003 Record: 3-13-1 2003 Conference Record: 2-8 (11th) UNM vs. Texas Tech: 3-1-1 Top Goal Scorer Returning: Jennifer Vasquez with 4 in 2003 Top Assists Returning: Karen Stephens with 2 in 2003 Top Goalie Returning: Megan Knauss (2.74 GAA) Notes: Last time the Lobos defeated Texas Tech was in 2002. The Lobos edged out the Red Raiders 2-1. Texas Tech is entering its contest with UNM this season after splitting a pair of home matches. The Red Raiders defeated Oral Roberts 6-2 and went on to lose to TCU 2-0. Web Site: Texas Tech Athletic Department Website LAST WEEK: The Lobos got its season off to a great start, splitting a pair of challenging road games over the weekend at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind. UNM finished second in the tournament behind host Purdue. New Mexico defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 2-0 in its first game of the season. Freshman Jordan Johnson and sophomore Kristine Sweat scored goals for the Lobos while goalkeeper Kristen Winters had two saves. The two teams battled for 53 scoreless minutes to open the match before Johnson captured her first collegiate game-winning goal, a header off a kick from sophomore defender Eryn Paetz at the 53:52 mark. With under three minutes remaining in the second half, Sweat increased UNM's lead to 2-0 with her goal assisted by Katelyn Ley. Winters played the full 90 minutes and made saves on the only two shots on goals she faced. The Lobos had an 18-8 advantage in shots and 8-2 in shots on goal over Cincinnati. For its second game of the tournament, UNM faced the Purdue Boilermakers. New Mexico was competitive against a powerful Purdue team, which advanced to the Sweet 16 at the 2003 NCAA Tournament, as it limited the Boilermakers to one goal for the first 85 minutes of the game. Looking to tie it up, the Lobos took a few risks which allowed Purdue to break away with two more late goals. Despite the loss to Purdue, the New Mexico's offense and defense looked solid. Lobo offense matched the Boilermakers for most of the game with nine shots, including four on goal while Winters had two saves in the game and the Lobo defense had one team save. UNM players Brittany Emerson, Ashley Lowery and Winters were named to the all-tournament team. TEAM NOTES: • UNM opened its season with a win for the first time in four years. The Lobos won their 2000 season-opener against Southwest Texas State at the UNM Soccer Complex. New Mexico's last season-opening victory on the road was in 1997, a 3-1 win at Texas Tech. • The Lobo offense displayed obvious improvements from last year during the game against Cincinnati. In 2003, UNM did not score its second goal until the seventh game of the season. • New Mexico is off to its best start since opening the 2000 season with a 2-0 record. • UNM is 5-5-1 all-time in its home-openers. "D" IS FOR DEFENSE: With the 2-0 shutout over Cincinnati this past weekend, the Lobos look to keep the trend of shutouts going strong. Since the arrival of Kit and Jorge Vela in 2001, New Mexico has averaged 6.3 shutouts a year. In the three years before the Vela's, UNM was only averaging 3.3 a year.

Goalkeeper Kristen Winters has turned out to be one of the best for UNM.


New Mexico has produced several talented goalkeepers in Melissa Liston, Shelly Hammock and current UNM goalkeeper Kristen Winters. Liston was the first Lobo to play in the WUSA. Under the guidance of Jorge Vela, two Lobo goalkeepers have been named Mountain West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year (Hammock, 2001 and Winters, 2002). This season, Winters will look to receive the title again. UNM'S RECORD BOOK: Winters is moving up the Lobo record book in shutouts and saves. She is currently in second place with 16 and needs two more to tie with Liston (`96) for the all-time mark of 18. Winters is in third place in all-time saves at UNM with 221 and needs 111 to tie Hammock (`01) for the second spot at 332. Liston leads the way with 439

Senior LeAnne Hendren will look to move up the ranks in career assists.


saves. Senior LeAnne Hendren has collected 7 assists in her career and ranks 8th all-time at UNM. She needs one more assist to tie Jayme Dieringer (`00) and Nicole Knutson (`97) for 6th place.
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