Lobos Prepare For Last Two Non-Conference Games
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/21/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 21, 2005

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New Mexico's non-conference schedule is nearing the end as the University of New Mexico women's soccer team will play its last two non-conference games this weekend with one on the road and one at home. The Lobos (2-2-3) face Nevada (2-3-1) at Reno, Nev. on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. (MST) and University of Idaho (2-5-0) at the UNM Soccer Complex on Sunday, Sept. 25 at noon.

The Wolf Pack is 2-3-1 on the season. Their two wins were earned at home and were over Sacramento State, 3-0 and Eastern Washington, 4-0. The tie was also at home and it was against UC Riverside, 1-1. Their losses were to UNLV at Las Vegas, 5-0, UC Davis at Davis, 2-0 and Northern Arizona at Boise, Idaho, 3-1.

Leading scorers are junior midfielder/forward Naomi Hernandez and freshman forward Miranda Montejo with two goals each.

Head coach Terri Patraw is in her second season with Nevada.

The 2005 roster features nine returning starters, 15 returning letterwinners and nine newcomers.

Last season, the Pack had an overall 2-15-1 record and finished ninth in the Western Athletic Conference with a 0-8-0 record.

This will be the first meeting between Nevada and New Mexico.

Web site: www.nevadawolfpack.com

The Vandals are 2-5-0 on the season with its fifth loss coming last Sunday to Montana, 2-0.

Idaho is currently struggling through a three game losing streak as it enters the match with New Mexico this Sunday. It's last win before the three losses was a 2-1 victory over Northern Colorado on Sept. 9.

Current leading scorers are junior forward Jenny Springer and freshman forward/midfielder Sonja Baumgartner with two goals each. Both also lead the team with four assists. Junior forward Alison South leads with 11 shots.

The Vandals are coached by first year head coach Peter Showler, who was an assistant coach at Portland State two seasons prior to joining Idaho.

Last season, Idaho finished with a 3-14-0 record and placed tenth in the Big West Conference.

This year, Idaho moved to the Western Athletic Conference from the Big West.

The Lobos hold a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series against Idaho after defeating the Vandals 1-0 in 2003 at Idaho.

Web site: www.uiathletics.com

Both opponents this weekend are members of the Western Athletic Conference. New Mexico started off in the WAC before moving to the Mountain West Conference in 1999. In the UNM all-time conference records, the Lobos are 1-5-0 against WAC teams.

Junior midfielder Kellee Hafner came off the bench in the game against No. 22 Arizona and scored the tying goal that gave New Mexico a 1-1 tie against the ranked Wildcats.

Last weekend, New Mexico went on its first road trip of the season to compete in the University of Arizona Classic in Tucson, Ariz. While there, the Lobos played Cal State Fullerton and 22nd-ranked Arizona.

New Mexico fell to Fullerton, 2-0 for its second loss of the season. The Titans took advantage of a penalty kick opportunity to take the lead and then came back later in the half to score the second goal to finish the game.

In the game against Arizona, the Lobos allowed the Wildcats to get the early lead in the first half off a corner kick. The first half was evenly matched with Arizona taking seven shots over New Mexico's six. In the second half, Arizona held the shot advantage with four over New Mexico's one, but the one was all the Lobos' needed as it was junior midfielder Kellee Hafner's shot on goal that tied the game with less than eight minutes left in regulation. Freshman Asha Richardson was credited with the assist. Both teams put the lock down on any scoring chances during the two overtimes, leaving the score tied at 1-1 for the final.

The tie was New Mexico's third of the season and the Lobos' best effort against a ranked team since their 1-0 win over No. 12 Kentucky in 2001.

Junior midfielder Kellee Hafner couldn't have picked a more thrilling moment to score her second career goal. Although a tie can be somewhat anticlimactic, a tie against 22nd-ranked Arizona is something not to ignore. In the same tournament , No. 25 Utah was handed its first loss of the season by Arizona after falling 1-0 in overtime. Utah also fell to Cal State Fullerton 4-0. The Utes (6-2-0) have been on a roll since the season started and are No. 1 favorites in the preseason coaches' poll to finish first in the Mountain West Conference.

The Lobos' are still growing as a team, but the improvements made so far have been incredible. New Mexico has only allowed four goals through seven games. At the same time last season, the Lobos had already allowed 11 goals.

The Lobos are 2-2-3 on the season, their best record through seven games since 2002 when they were 4-3-0.

Despite its 2-0 loss against Cal State Fullerton on Friday, New Mexico was only outshot 11 to 10. In previous matches this season, Fullerton has been completely dominating its opponents in shots. Before meeting the Lobos, the Titans were outshooting their opponents 93 to 44. In their 4-0 win over Utah, the Titans outshot the Utes 28 to 7. The Lobos are outshooting their opponents 109 to 75.

As for Hafner: The game against Arizona was only Hafner's second appearance at midfield this season. The Katy, Texas native has been working through minor injuries, allowing her minimal playing time. Hafner came off the bench in the game against Arizona and came up big for New Mexico with the tying goal against a ranked team.

The Lobos have only allowed four goals through seven games and are outshooting their opponents 109 to 75.

New Mexico is outshooting its opponents 109 to 75 so far this season...out of seven games played this season, the Lobos have held the shooting advantage five times...junior forward Kristine Sweat (Concord, Calif.) leads the team with two goals and 23 shots...sophomore midfielder Katelyn Ley (Marine, Minn.) leads the team with a career high of three assists...junior midfielder Kaela Kelly (Hesperia, Calif.) follows with two assists and has one goal...local players forward Bridgette Sanchez (Rio Rancho, N.M.) and midfielder Terryn Granados (Albuquerque, N.M. both have one goal on the season...Sweat, Ley, Kelly, Sanchez and Granados have started in every game so far this season...junior midfielder Kellee Hafner has one goal to her name after playing in just two games...newcomers to watch on the Lobos' offensive side are true freshmen Asha Richardson (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Hannah Hand (Los Angeles, Calif.)...so far both have brought an interesting dynamic to their forward positions...Richardson is a fast, athletic player who has seen playing time in all seven games played...she has one assist and four shots with one on goal...Hand is deceptively fast and a very skilled forward who has seen playing time in six games...she has four shots on goal.

The Lobos have only allowed four goals through seven games...it is the fewest goals New Mexico has allowed in seven games since 1997 when the Lobos allowed three in seven games...UNM has four shutouts on the season, including two wins and two scoreless ties...last season, the Lobos had three shutouts out of 17 games played...starting in the back field this season have been mostly veteran players...senior defenders Nicole McCarty (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Nicole Pitcock (Tracy, Calif.) have spent most of their time covering the wings...at central defender, juniors Ashley Lowery (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Alanna Abeyta (Albuquerque, N.M.) have been collecting the minutes...starting goalkeeper has been senior Kristen Winters (Lakewood, Colo.)...the defense has also seen a mix of young talent come off the bench to help the New Mexico back line...sophomore Amber Wetsch (Albuquerque, N.M.) has contributed in five games so far this season...true freshmen Samantha Bevis (Lakewood, Colo.) and Krista Peterson (Fountain Valley, Calif.) have also showed great talent at the defender position.

Monday, August 17
7:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Fort Lewis (exhibition)
Friday, August 21
5:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Texas Tech
7:30 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Florida State
Sunday, August 23
10:30 AM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Florida State
1:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Texas Tech
Wednesday, August 26
6:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at New Mexico State