Sept. 8, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The New Mexico women's soccer team is 2-1-0 overall and 1-0 in the UNM Classic after a 1-0 victory over the Drake Bulldogs last Friday. The Lobos will now take on 2007 Western Athletic Conference Champion Hawai'i Tuesday at 7 p.m. MDT to conclude the Classic. The Warriors were also victorious over the Bulldogs, which sets up a battle between the tournaments two lone unbeaten teams.
Tuesday night is Luau Night at UNM Soccer Complex. Fans will be treated to Hawaiian music and Hawaiian themed contests including the ugliest Hawaiian t-shirt contest. Fans are also encouraged to wear a Hawaiian t-shirt.
New Mexico women's soccer will host the Nike Invitational from Friday, Sept. 12 thru Sunday Sept. 14. The weekend tournament will feature the 25th ranked Wisconsin Milwaukee Panthers and the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. The Lobos will square off against the nationally ranked Panthers on Friday at 5:30 p.m. MDT and will finish their six-game homestand against FDU on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. MDT.
HEAD COACH Kit Vela's WEEKLY ADDRESS"Hawai'i is a very good team. They are very crafty and very quick. We are really excited to play them tomorrow night and live up to the challenge. We will then face Wisconsin-Milwaukee who is very good and are ripping it up in their part of the country and then we will finish up with Fairleigh Dickinson. We are very excited to have three more home games before we hit the road."
"I think we have shown that we can get goals from a lot of different players. We've got a lot of very good players are very dangerous and who make the best of their opportunities. Hopefully tomorrow night we can put those opportunities away."
LIVE VIDEO AND STATSAll Lobo home matches will be broadcast live through All-Access at www.GoLobos.com. Media Relations assistant Daniel Archuleta will provide play-by-play and former Lobo women's soccer player Asha Richardson will provide analysis for the broadcast during all Lobo home matches.
Live stats will be kept through Gametracker, which is also available at www.golobos.com.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST HAWAI'INew Mexico is 1-1 all-time against Hawai'i. The two teams last faced off on Sept. 24, 2004 when Hawai'i escaped with a slim 1-0 victory in Missoula, Mont. The first meeting saw the Lobos cruise to a 3-1 victory here in Albuquerque, on Sept. 15, 1994.
New Mexico is 2-6-2 all-time against the WAC since joining the MWC.
SCOUTING HAWAI'IThe Rainbow Wahine are 1-2-0 on the season. Hawai'i beat Drake this last Sunday 4-3 in overtime. The Warriors return 17 letterwinners and nine starters from last years squad. Hawai'i finished 15-5-2- in the 2007 season and made it to the first round of the NCAA tournament.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST No. 25 WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEEThe Lobos are 1-0 all-time against the Panthers. The two teams last faced each other on Oct. 23, 1994 in Tucson, Ariz. The Lobos edged the Panthers 2-1 in the contest.
The Lobos lone victory over the Panthers is also the only win over the Horizon League of which Wisconsin-Milwaukee is in.
PREVIEWING No. 25 WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEEThe Panthers are 6-0-0 on the season and will be on the road for only the second time when they face the Lobos. UWM last saw action when they shutout Illinois State 1-0. The Panthers have been able to find the back of the net 17 times and are scoring 2.83 goals per game. Returning 17 letterwinners with seven starters the Panthers should make an exciting match up for the Lobos.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST FAIRLEIGH DICKINSONSunday's match will be the first time the two schools have faced each other.
New Mexico is 1-0 against the Northeast Conference with a 2-0 win over Long Island on Sept. 7, 2007.
SCOUTING FAIRLEIGH DICKINSONThe Knights are 3-2-0 so far this season and are coming off a 2-0 loss to Rider. Fairleigh Dickinson returns 14 letterwinners with seven starters. The Knights finished last season with a 7-11 record while tying for third in the Northeast Conference with a 5-4 record.
COACH VELA NETS 50th CAREER VICTORYNew Mexico head women's soccer coach Kit Vela earned a milestone 50th win against Drake last Friday. The Lobos blanked the Bulldogs 1-0. Vela has become the only women's soccer coach at UNM to reach the 50 win mark. Vela's record at UNM is 50-64-21 and has included three straight eight-win seasons. Vela has taken her team to the MWC tournament six out of seven years and have advanced to the MWC Championship game twice in 2002 and 2005. Vela has an overall MWC record of 15-21-9.
During her tenure at UNM, Vela has made remarkable strides in a short period. In 2005, Vela's squad was 2-0-1 against nationally-ranked opponents. Perhaps the biggest win of the season came when the Lobos defeated sixth ranked BYU in Provo 1-0. The Lobos would go on to defeat No. 22 Utah in the MWC tournament. In 2001, Vela's first year, the Lobos had their best conference finish with a mark of 3-2-1.
Vela's first victory came in dramatic fashion as the Lobos took down No. 12 Kentucky 1-0 on Sept. 30, 2001.
REED EARNS MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEKTrue freshman Nicole Reed has been awarded the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honor. Reed, a true freshman from Whittier, Calif., scored the game-winning goal in New Mexico's 1-0 win over Drake on Sept. 5. The La Serna high school product received a cross at the top of the box from fellow freshman Jael Fanning and sent a one timer past the outstretched arms of the Drake goalkeeper. Reed, who was filling in for an injured Kaci Paetz, made the most of her time as she fired off two shots including the game-winner.
Reed is the first Lobo since Oct. 1, 2007 and only the 16th player since 2001 to earn MWC player of the week honors. The last time UNM wont the award, freshmen Alexis Ball and sophomore Kiani Wong swept the honors for New Mexico for their performances against Arizona State and Northern Arizona.
YOUNG GUNSTrue freshman Nicole Reed has given the freshmen class another feather in their cap as she became the fourth true freshmen to net a goal for the Lobos. Reed put a one timer in the back of the net off a Jael Fanning cross to the top of the box. Of the Lobos five goals scored this season, four have been scored by true freshman. Jennifer Williams, Zaneta Wyne and Jael Fanning have netted the other three goals by freshmen.
OPPONENTS HIT WALLThe defensive back line of seniors Samantha Bevis and Krista Peterson, junior Jess Quador and sophomore Elizabeth Lambert have held opposing teams in check and have taken pressure off of senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna. In four matches the Lobos defense has only allowed 16 shots on goal. The New Mexico back line has caused havoc and used their size and aggressiveness to keep opponents at bay.
YOUTH LEADERSHIPThe Lobos have youth and are not afraid to use it. Of the three matches that the Lobos have played eight freshmen have set foot on the soccer field. Four freshmen have impressed head coach Kit Vela enough to earn themselves starting positions. Forward Jennifer Williams, midfielders Jael Fanning, Amanda Collins and Nicole Reed have started at least one game for the Lobos, while forward Jordan Craig, midfielder Zaneta Wyne and defenders Gianna Cauvoto and Courtney Carpenter have seen considerable playing time early in the season.
SOPHOMORE SENSATIONAlexis Ball had a dream freshman season as she lead the Lobo offense with six goals and one assist and is the only all-MWC selection from last year. Ball scored the game winning goal in four games last season which ranks her in a six way tie for sixth place all-time at UNM. Ball was also the MWC player of the week on Oct. 1, 2007 as well as the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week on Oct. 2, 2007. While she had a nose for the net, Ball was no different in the classroom. She received all-MWC Academic Honors. Ball will roam the midfield this year and has already scored a goal and notched an assist in an exhibition against New Mexico Highlands. Ball has started every game to this point and continues to assist the offense from the midfield
ASSIST QUEENSenior Hannah Hand is rapidly moving up the UNM all-time assist record for a career. Since coming on in 2005 Hand has 12 assists that ranks her in a three-way tie for fourth place all-time at UNM. Hand is 11 behind all-time leader Laurie Hegedorn. Hand could be a major weapon for the Lobo offense this season.
LAST MATCHTrue freshmen Nicole Reed lead the way for the Lobos as New Mexico blanked Drake 1-0 on Sept. 5 in the UNM Classic. Reed netted the first goal of her collegiate career off a cross to the top of the box from fellow true freshmen Jael Fanning.
The defense held tough for the second straight game. A new back line of senior Samantha Bevis, junior Jess Quador and sophomores Megan Bodenheimer and Elizabeth Lambert held Drake to only seven shots with four shots directed at keeper Shannon Adragna. The senior goalkeeper picked up her second consecutive shutout and win of the season. With the win Adragna moved in the third place all-time for career victories with 15. Her four saves moved her into fourth place all-time for saves with 130.