Oct. 29, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's soccer team finished the 2006 regular-season tied for third in the Mountain West Conference and enter the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Lobos enter post-season play with an 8-6-4 overall record and went 2-2-3 in the MWC. UNM opens the conference tournament against San Diego State Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"Obviously for the program to finish third in the conference is outstanding," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "We battled through adversity this season and this is a tribute to the hard work put forth by this team. The slate is wiped clean because we start all over in the conference tournament and we are looking forward to the challenge. We are happy to be a part of the championship."
The Lobos advance to their sixth consecutive MWC Tournament and have reached the championship finals twice during the Vela era. Last year, UNM defeated Wyoming in the first round and eventually beat nationally-ranked Utah in an upset that propelled the Lobos to the championship match. In the finals, UNM battled UNLV for the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament but fell in a 1-0 overtime thriller.
Utah claimed its third outright and second consecutive regular-season Mountain West Conference women's soccer title with a 2-0 win over SDSU on Oct. 22. The victory over the Aztecs also earned the Utes (14-4-0 overall, 7-0-0 MWC) the No. 1 seed in this week's MWC Women's Soccer Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utes closed out the season defeating Wyoming 2-0 on Friday, Oct. 27.
BYU finished in second-place with a 13-2-3 overall and 4-1-2 league record. UNLV (8-10-1 overall, 3-4-0 MWC) and UNM (8-6-4, 2-2-3) tied for third place in the standings, but the Rebels will get the third seed after defeating the Lobos 1-0 (OT) earlier in the season. SDSU (6-11-2 overall, 2-3-2 MWC) and Wyoming (7-8-3, 2-3-2 MWC) shared the fifth spot in the standings, with the Aztecs claiming the fifth seed after defeating the Cowgirls 2-0 in the regular season.
The conference tournament will take place Nov. 1-4 at Ute Field on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. The opening match will see No. 3 UNLV vs. No. 6 Wyoming at 4:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The other Wednesday match will include No. 4 seed New Mexico vs. No. 5 seed San Diego State at 7 p.m. MT. No. 1 seed Utah and No. 2 seed BYU will have first-round byes and will play in the semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 and 4:30 p.m. MT, respectively.
The Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Championship match is slated for noon on Saturday, Nov. 4, with the winner receiving an automatic bid into the 2006 NCAA Women's College Cup.
The MWC Women's Soccer Championship semifinal rounds will be televised live at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on the Mountain Network. Saturday's championship game will be aired via tape delay nationally on CSTV Saturday, Nov. 4 at 9 p.m. MT.