Lobos On The Road For Two Conference Games
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/12/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 12, 2004

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What's Happening?

The University of New Mexico women's soccer team is on the road this weekend for two more Mountain West Conference games. The Lobos face UNLV on Friday, October 15 in Las Vegas, Nev. at 8 p.m.(MDT) and San Diego State in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, October 17 at 2 p.m.(MDT). New Mexico is 1-0 in MWC play after defeating Air Force 2-1 last weekend.

Scouting Report

UNLV REBELS (8-3-2, 1-1-0 MWC)

Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Dan Abdalla (UNLV, `97)
Record at UNLV: 42-33-6 (4 years)
Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
2003 Record: 9-9-3
2003 Conference Record: 2-4-0 (5th)
UNM vs. UNLV: 4-2
Top Goal Scorer Returning: Annii Magliulo (8 in 2003)
Top Assists Returning: Annii Magliluo (5 in 2003)
Top Goalie Returning: Jenna Huff (1.09 GAA in 2003)
Notes: UNLV is entering its third conference game this season against UNM after splitting a pair of matches over the weekend in Utah. The Rebels outlasted Utah 1-0 and fell to BYU 1-0. The last time UNLV defeated New Mexico was in 2001. The 2-1 win was decided in overtime. Last season the Lobos defeated the Rebels 1-0 in overtime at the UNM Soccer Complex. Lobo Kristine Sweat was the goal scorer for New Mexico off a penalty kick.
Web Site: www.unlvrebels.com


Location: San Diego, Calif.
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Dr. Michael Giuliano (Tennessee Temple, `81)
Record at SDSU: 0-0-0 (1st year) Career: 194-42-15 (11 seasons)
Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
2003 Record: 7-10-2
2003 Conference Record: 2-3-1 (4th)
UNM vs. SDSU: 3-5-2
Top Goal Scorer Returning: Courtney Burns (2 in 2003)
Top Assists Returning: Lisette Martinez (4 in 2003)
Top Goalie Returning: Sophia Perez (0.71 GAA this season)
Notes: San Diego State posts a winless record in conference competition so far this season. The Aztecs have tied in two MWC games against BYU and Utah. Forward Kim Castellanos is a key loss for SDSU as she scored six goals for the Aztecs in 2003. Other Key losses are Becky Prilaman who had five assists and goalkeeper Stephanie Pearson (1.36 GAA in 2003).
Web Site: www.goaztecs.com

New Mexico Defeats Air Force, 2-1

Sophomore Bridgette Sanchez

Sophomore Bridgette Sanchez's goal off a penalty kick in the second half was what the University of New Mexico women's soccer team needed to get the momentum going in its first conference game against Air Force last Sunday. Freshman Anna Neu added to the mix with a powerful shot over AFA's keeper at the 81st minute. The Lobos continued to hold on after the Falcons attempted to come back with a goal at the 86th minute and won their first Mountain West Conference match of the season, 2-1.

No Place Like Home

With only six home games on the 2004 schedule, New Mexico is making the most of its time on hometurf. The Lobos post a 3-1-0 record at home and have outscored their opponents 11-6 while at the UNM Soccer Complex.

From 1998-2003, UNM has compiled an overall home record of 18-25-6 (.429). In 2002, the Lobos featured a winning home record of 4-3-1. With two more home matches on the 2004 season, the Lobos look to capture a winning record at home for the second time in the last seven years.

Hooray For UNM Fans

The Lobo women's soccer team has the second best attendance average overall in the MWC with about 1,075 fans an outing. BYU leads the Mountain West with an average 1,219 per game.

For the past four years, New Mexico women's soccer has averaged over 1,000 fans a game at the UNM Soccer Complex.

Ties And Overtimes

In the 11 games the Lobos have competed in so far this season, not one has gone into overtime or resulted in a tie. Last season, the Lobos achieved the most overtime games in the history of the program with 8 OTs and also posted the most ties in UNM women's soccer with 4 (out of 19 games).

The only other season that is clean of any ties or overtime matches is the 1996 team (11-9, 4-2 WAC).

Then And Now

It's hard not to compare last season's team with the 2004 squad as the Lobos have made noteworthy improvements throughout this season.

• At this time in 2003, UNM was 1-6-3. The 2004 squad is already at five wins on the season, posting an updated record of 5-6-0.

• Last season, the Lobos did not win their conference opener as they lost to Wyoming 1-0. This season the Lobos won their first conference game of the season, defeating Air Force 2-1. In 2003, UNM fell to Air Force, 2-0.

• The 2004 Lobos opened their season with a win over Cincinnati (2-0, Aug. 27). The 2003 Lobos did not get their first win until seven games into the season.

• This year, UNM won its first two home games of the season which were the third and fourth games on the schedule. Last year, UNM didn't win its first home game until 14 games in.

Conference Play

In the three years that Kit Vela has been the head coach for the UNM women's soccer team, the Lobos have compiled a 7-8-3 record in regular season conference match-ups.

In MWC tournament competition, the Lobos have compiled a 3-3 record under coach Vela.

Neu Was Due

Freshman Anna Neu

Working as one of UNM's key starting midfielders, freshman Anna Neu was due any minute to score a goal for the young Lobos and the match against Air Force last Sunday was her time to do so. The Newhawka, Neb. native scored an outstanding goal from 15 yards out against Air Force, making it her first career and game-winning goal at UNM.

Neu has been a strong presence out on the field as the Lobo freshman has started in 10 of the 11 games this year.

Sophomore Bridgette Sanchez also scored her first career goal at UNM in the Air Force game. The Rio Rancho, N.M. product has made an appearance in all 11 games this season as another key midfielder.

Winters In The Record Books

With the win over Air Force, junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters broke the record for all-time wins at UNM with 20 victories to her name. Winters topped former Lobo and WUSA keeper Melissa Liston's win record of 19. Winters is one more shutout away from tying Liston at the top spot for all-time shutouts in the UNM record book at 18.

2004 MWC Tournament Info

The 2004 MWC Championships will be held in Provo, Utah at BYU's South Stadium November 3-6. For MWC soccer info, visit www.themwc.com.

Local Flavor

The 2004 University of New Mexico women's soccer team features 13 players from the state of New Mexico which is the most ever that any Lobo women's soccer team has fielded. The 1999 team comes the closest with 11 locals on the roster. This season eight players come from Albuquerque (Alanna Abeyta, Shannon Adragna, Erica Freese, Terryn Granados, Gina Martello, Samantha Sullivan, Kim Tebo and Amber Wetsch), two from Edgewood (Alicia Lacovara and Brigita Lacovara), one from Belen (LeAnne Hendren), one from Los Alamos (Kim Melton) and one from Rio Rancho (Bridgette Sanchez).

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