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Lobos Travel To Face No. 13 Arizona State
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/23/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 23, 2003

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UPCOMING GAMES: The University of New Mexico women's soccer team takes on No. 13 Arizona State (5-1-1) Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in week two of its month long road-trip. The Lobos are coming off their first win of the season, a 1-0 victory over Idaho Sunday, Sept. 21.

Facing the Sun Devils will be a tough challenge for the Lobos. ASU is a forceful offensive team, scoring 19 goals so far this season with 15 assists. The Lobos have managed only two goals and one assist. It will be especially difficult for the Lobos offense to score against the Sun Devil defense. They have allowed only five goals all season and opponents combined have fired 76 shots, almost one-fourth less than ASU. The game will also test the skills of junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters as Arizona State has attemped 56 shots on goal. Winters has faced 39 shots on goal this season.

Don't expect an easy win for ASU though. Winters will be able to hold her own. She has played all 679:43 minutes for the Lobos and allowed only six goals for an average of 0.79 per game. Winters has also made 39 saves on 97 shots.

New Mexico will return home Friday, Oct. 17, taking on Mountain West Conference foe Wyoming for Stuff the Stadium Night.

ARIZONA STATE SUNDEVILS (5-1-1): For the second straight match and for the fourth time in seven games, the 13th-ranked Arizona State women's soccer team shut out its opponent. This time it was Kentucky that fell victim to the Sun Devils, losing 4-0.

Sophomore midfielder Brittany Cooper, an Albuquerque native and Eldorado HS graduate, led the Sun Devils past the Wildcats with her two goals in six minutes. Cooper leads the team overall with five goals scored, three assists for 13 points on 19 shots.

Spending a majority of the time in the net for the Sun Devils is junior goalie Kelly Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald has played 578:29 minutes allowing only four goals and making 21 saves. She has a goals-against -average of 0.62 with a save percentage of .840.

Arizona State, ranked as high as No. 11 this season, is coached by Ray Leone. Among active head coaches, Leone is currently 26th all-time in winning percentage and 27th in total wins. Yet more impressive is among all coaches with 12 or less years head coaching experience, Leone is tied for second all-time with his 154.

Sundevils Quick Facts
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Conference: Pacific-10
Head Coach: Ray Leone (UNC-Charlotte '85)
Record at ASU: 22-15-3 (2 years)
Career Record: 154-73-16 (12 years)
Assistant Coaches: Mike Calise (Boston College '97); Sarah Crawford (Florida State '01)
Starters Returning/Lost: 11/0
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 18/3
2002 Record: 12-7-2
2002 Conference Record/Finish: 4-5-0/T6th
2002 NCAA Finish: (1-1) 2nd Round
UNM vs. ASU: 2-3-0
Last Time: L, 2-1 (9/1/02) at home
Last UNM Win: 3-1 (9/28/97)at Tempe
Web Site: www.thesundevils.com

LOBOS LAST TIME OUT - The University of New Mexico women's soccer team earned its first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over the Idaho Vandals.

The game-winning goal came in the 17th minuted of play off the foot of junior midfielder Rachael Addison. Addison scored her first goal of the season, striking from about 35 yards out. Vandals' goalkeeper Kim Carey deflected the shot, but not enough as the ball rolled into the goal.

"It is nice to finally get a win," said head coach Kit Vela. "We never gave up and played hard the entire game."

The Lobos defense was once again a dominating force. Idaho attempted only 13 shots on the game. The Vandals attempted three cornerkicks compared to the Lobos' two. Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters made six saves in the net for the Lobos.

Washington State got the better of New Mexico in the final minutes of the game Friday night, winning 1-0 at Lower Soccer Field.

The young Lobos fought hard the entire game against the mature and experienced Cougars. Washington State fired seven shots in the first half at junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters and the rest of the New Mexico defense. The Lobos held their ground and shut out Washington State in the first half.

In the second half, the Cougars came out firing again but the Lobo defense wouldn't rest. WSU senior midfielder Kim Morgan had a point-blank shot from 18 yards out just 17 minutes into the half. Winters managed to get her finger tips on the shot, pushing the ball up and deflecting it off the crossbar. UNM freshman defender Ashley Lowery cleared the ball from the backfield.

Cougars' forward Cailan McCutchan scored her first career goal and the game-winning goal in the 78th minute. McCutchan took the feed from WSU's Christie Spear who was waiting at the top of the box and shot it over Winters into the upper-left hand corner of the goal.

The Lobos increased their intensity but fell just short due to some incredible plays made by Cougars' goalkeeper Katie Hultin. Hultin leaped up over one of her own defenders and two Lobo forwards in the 89th minute to punch out a ball that was being served to the top of the box.

New Mexico is now 1-4-2 on the season.

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