Sept. 18, 2008
BY: Amanda Wiley
UNM Media Relations Assistant
Some people prefer to call it the "Land of Milk and Honey," or the "Golden State," and others call it paradise, but for 11 Lobo Women's Soccer players, they simply call it "Home."
The Lobos will begin a seven game stretch of away games this week when they travel to the UCLA Women's Cup in Westwood, California. With the motivation of playing two ranked teams in 25th ranked San Diego and 2nd ranked UCLA and reuniting with friends and family, these Californians are especially enthusiastic to travel to the land of sun, sky, and surf.
"I am really excited, my dad will get to see me play in a collegiate game, for the first time, in California," says freshman Zaneta Wyne.
Dads, Moms, friends, and former-coaches will be in the stands this weekend. With 11 Californians on the team, the Lobo Women's Soccer team will have the opportunity to play in front of large crowds.
"I think we might have a better crowd than San Diego or UCLA, just because we have a large fan base out there," says Head Coach Kit Vela.
Although senior Hannah Hand is excited about her visit home, her motivation rests on showing the West Coast what New Mexico soccer is about.
"It's a good opportunity to get the rest of us back home and show them what we got," said Hand.
Like Hand, senior Kaci Paetz, who says she can never get enough of California, is also ready to work, "Although the beach will be right next to us, it is going to be all business, we have a couple hard games that we are playing so we are definitely going there to do what we need to do, and that is win."
So what is it about the West Coast that has these Californians so excited to go home? Freshman Jennifer Williams says, "I think it's everything about California, just the environment, its not blue sky all the time, but I just love it, the atmosphere is amazing."