Oct. 19, 2005
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team is on the road one last time for its regular season as it travels up north for Mountain West Conference games against the University of Wyoming and the U.S. Air Force Academy. The Lobos (4-5-4, 1-2-1 MWC) are slated to face Wyoming (5-6-3, 1-3 MWC) on Friday, Oct. 21 at Laramie, Wyo. at 3 p.m. and will then head down to Colorado Springs, Colo. for a noon match against Air Force (4-12-1, 0-4 MWC) on Sunday, Oct. 23.
The following weekend, the Lobos are at home to play TCU in their last regular season match Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The game against the Horned Frogs is also "Senior Night" for Lobo seniors Nicole McCarty, Nicole Pitcock and Kristen Winters as it will be their last regular season game of their collegiate careers.
The Cowgirls sit under New Mexico in sixth place in the MWC with a 1-3 conference record and are 5-6-3 overall.
New Mexico holds a 7-3-1 advantage in the all-time series with Wyoming. Last season, the Cowgirls took full advantage of being at home as they defeated the Lobos 5-1.
Wyoming is working through a three-game losing streak as it enters competition with New Mexico this Friday. The Cowgirls did open conference play with a win just like the Lobos by defeating San Diego State, 1-0. Their losses have come against UNLV (1-0), Utah (2-0) and most recently BYU (2-0).
Leading scorer for Wyoming is Mercy Adetoye with six goals on the season. She is also tied for most shots on the team with 44. Tamika Wilson also has 44 shots and leads with two game-winnng goals.
Wyoming is 4-2 at home this season.
SCOUTING AIR FORCE
The Falcons are at the bottom of the conference ranks with an 0-4 record in league competition and are 4-12-1 overall.
Air Force is trying to shake out of a five-game losing streak. Like Wyoming, its last two losses over the weekend were to BYU (6-0) and Utah (3-0). The Falcons have also lost to UNLV (2-0) and San Diego State (3-1).
Air Force holds a 7-5 advantage in the all-time series with New Mexico. The Lobos had the last win in 2004, defeating the Falcons 2-1 at home.
With five goals on the season, Brittney Perkowski is AFA's leading scorer. She has also taken the most shots with 39 and 17 on goal.
LOBOS ON THE ROAD
New Mexico is 1-2-1 on the road this season. The Lobos are 3-1 overall in games played at Wyoming and at Air Force they are 1-3.
Last weekend the Lobos played to a 1-1 tie with San Diego State and fell 2-0 to UNLV at the UNM Soccer Complex.
In the game against SDSU, junior forward Kristine Sweat was the first goal scorer of the night, collecting her sixth season goal. The Aztecs were able to get the equalizer off a Lobos' own goal that was scored during a scramble to clear a ball off a San Diego State free kick. Senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters was soon after penalized with a red card for hand ball outside of the box and was forced to retire for the remainder of the game. The match went into two 10 minute overtimes, but neither team could find the game winner.
Freshman redshirt goalkeeper Shannon Adragna started in her first college game in the Lobos' match against UNLV. With the red card given to Winters in the last game, the veteran keeper had to sit out one contest for the first time in three years and this season. UNLV scored its goals in each half and was able to hold off UNM to get its sixth straight shutout overall, which is currently the longest streak in the nation. The Rebels also set a new MWC record with their fourth straight shutout in conference play.
With four ties this year, New Mexico has tied the record for most ties in a single season. In 2003, the Lobos finished with four ties. Here is a breakdown of each game that resulted in a tie this season:
Aug. 26 Opening game against Montana at New Mexico (0-0, 2OT):
New Mexico and Montana looked evenly matched throughout the game with the Lobos outshooting the Grizzlies 16 to 14 with five being on goal compared to Montana's three. Corner kicks had New Mexico leading 2 to 1. The Lobos outshot Montana in each half, but had no shots in either overtime.
Sept. 9 Game against Auburn at New Mexico (0-0, 2OT):
An impressive performance by the Lobos against a team like Auburn who are the defending SEC champions. New Mexico outshot Auburn 13 to 8. Both teams had even looks at the goal with Auburn producing five shots on goal compared to New Mexico's four. UNM's defense played outstanding against a fast and very athletic Auburn offense.
Sept. 18 Game against No. 22 Arizona at Arizona (1-1, 2OT):
Junior midfielder Kellee Hafner came through with the big tying goal against the ranked Wildcats late in the second half. Arizona scored its goal off a corner kick in the first half. UNM's defense kept the game close, only allowing Arizona to take 14 shots total and only five on goal. The Lobo offense also kept up the intensity, taking 10 shots with four on goal.
Oct. 14 Game against San Diego State at New Mexico (1-1, 2OT):
Probably the only tie this season that should have been a win for New Mexico. UNM was leading at the half and thought it could continue on the momentum into the second half, but San Diego State came out hard taking 12 shots compared to New Mexico's five. In the first half, the Aztecs only had two shots compared to New Mexico's six. Unfortunately, it was an own goal that put SDSU even with New Mexico.
Close call: Oct. 8 Game against Utah at Utah (L, 3-2):
It was a valiant effort by the Lobos as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Utes in the middle of the second half. New Mexico certainly gave the defending MWC tournament champions quite a scare with the awesome comeback, but the Utes found a way to a third goal. The game was fairly even with Utah only outshooting the Lobos 9 to 7 and New Mexico had five on goal compared to Utah's four.
Junior forward Kristine Sweat (Concord, Calif.) has emerged as New Mexico's main goal scorer this season. With six goals to her name so far this year, Sweat has already surpassed the total amount of goals she scored in the last two years combined (4).
Sweat has scored in at least one game every weekend since the game against Idaho on Sept. 25, including the game-winning goal against No. 6 BYU.
CONFERENCE QUICK HITS
The Lobos made the transition from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West Conference in 1999.
New Mexico's best MWC record came in head coach Kit Vela's first two years with the Lobos. In 2001 and 2002, New Mexico finished conference play with a 3-2-1 record.
In 2002, New Mexico had its best showing at the conference tournament, advancing all the way to the championship game. The Lobos lost to BYU in the final game, 5-1.
After six years in the MWC, New Mexico is 28-37-5. Vela holds an 8-9-3 MWC record in her four years with New Mexico.
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
The 2005 Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Championship will be played at Peter Johann Memorial Field on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 2-5, 2005. The winner of the conference tournament receives the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. For more information on the MWC go to the MWC Web site.