Oct. 26, 2004
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team is on the road for its last regular season game this Saturday, October 30 at Laramie, Wyoming against Mountain West Conference competitor Wyoming. Game starts at 1 p.m. (MDT). The Lobos look to notch one more victory in the win column before entering the MWC Championships in Provo, Utah next week (Nov. 3-6).
Location: Laramie, Wyo.
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Anne Moore (North Carolina State, `93)
Record at Wyoming: 29-58-7 (5 years)
Starters Returning/Lost: 6/5
2003 Record: 10-9-0
2003 Conference Record: 4-2-0 (Tie 2nd)
UNM vs. Wyoming: 7-2-1
Top Goal Scorer Returning: Mercy Adetoye and Mari Gomes (each with 7 this season)
Top Assists Returning: Mercy Adetoye (5 this season)
Top Goalie Returning: Ashley Sheppard (1.29 GAA this season)
Notes: Like UNM, Wyoming is coming off a weekend of two MWC games against Utah and BYU. The Utes blanked the Cowgirls 2-0, but Wyoming recovered for its game against the Cougars and defeated them 3-2 in overtime. Last season at the MWC Tournament, the Lobos captured a huge win over Wyoming to advance to the semifinal match. UNM battled the Cowgirls to a 2-1 victory after 2 overtimes. New Mexico's Coco D'Angelo scored the game-winning goal.
Web Site: www.wyomingathletics.com
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team tried to polish off two more home wins last weekend, but fell just short as the Lobos were defeated by Utah 2-1 and BYU 1-0 in overtime. The matches marked the last two games the Lobos will play at the UNM Soccer Complex this season.
In the game against Utah, UNM freshman Anna Neu had the lone goal. Neu is now at two goals on the season.
The game against BYU was a true battle as the two teams faced off for 93 minutes. The match ended once BYU converted a penalty kick for the win. Goalkeeper Kristen Winters showed tremendous skills between the posts against the Cougars. She collected a season-high of seven saves during the game.
Down To The Wire
New Mexico has been keeping the pressure on its opponents throughout the season even in the games that resulted in losses. Out of the ten losses compiled over the season, six were decided by only one goal and two of those matches have gone into overtime.
Last week's games against Utah and BYU proved how much the Lobo squad has put more pressure on their opponents compared to last year's team.
In 2003, UNM lost to Utah 1-0 in overtime, but the game was clearly dominated by the Utes as they had 20 shots on the game compared to New Mexico's two. This time around, UNM led the game in shots against Utah 12-11 and had one goal. UNM also had 6 shots on goal. Far better than the one shot on goal it had against Utah last season.
The BYU game in 2003 was also lopsided compared to this season's match-up. Last year, the Cougars defeated UNM 5-1 and dominated with 29-7 shots. BYU also had 18 shots on goal compared to New Mexico's seven. This season both teams battled for 93 minutes and the only goal scored was off a BYU penalty kick in overtime. BYU led the game in shots by only a six shot margin (16-10) with nine being on goal compared to UNM's four.
Winters has played 1,328:48 minutes to date and has started in all 15 games so far this year. Right now, the UNM keeper boasts 52 saves on the 2004 season.
2004 MWC Tournament Information
The 2004 MWC Championships will be held in Provo, Utah at BYU's South Stadium November 3-6. For MWC soccer info, visit www.themwc.com.
MWC Tourney Finishes In Vela Years
This year's MWC Tournament will be the fourth time UNM has headed into the championships under the guidance of UNM head coach Kit Vela. Here is a rundown of tournament finishes in the years Vela has been head coach.
First Match - vs. Air Force L, 2-1
First Match -vs. Air Force W, 1-0
Semifinals- vs. Utah W, 1-0
Championships- vs. BYU l, 5-1
First Match- vs. Wyoming W, 2-1 (2OT)
Semifinals- vs. BYU L, 3-2
UNM Quick Hits
The end of the 2004 season is fast approaching. Here is a quick look at what the Lobos have done this year.
UNM opened its season with a win for the first time in four years after defeating Cincinnati 2-0.
New Mexico's 5-0 victory over Texas Tech (9/24) marked the biggest home win for New Mexico since 1994. It was also the highest scoring game for UNM since 2002.
The Lobos scored nine goals through six games this season. Last season's team didn't score its ninth goal until the 19th game.
The 2004 Lobo squad is one of the biggest ever at UNM with 31 players. It is also one of the youngest teams with nine freshman, 14 sophomores, six juniors and two seniors.
The 2004 roster features 13 players from the state of New Mexico which is the most ever that any Lobo women's soccer team has fielded. The 1999 team comes the closest with 11 locals on the roster.
Every New Mexico starting lineup this season has included at least seven underclassman.
New Mexico has three shutouts on the season. Since the arrival of Kit and Jorge Vela in 2001, New Mexico has averaged 6.3 shutouts a year. In the three years before the Vela's, UNM was only averaging 3.3 a year.
Goalkeeper Kristen Winters broke the record for most career wins after the victory over Air Force (10/10). She is one more shutout away from tying the all-time shutout record of 18 at UNM.