Sept. 14, 2005
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team starts it's road schedule this weekend as it travels to Tucson, Ariz. to compete in the Arizona Soccer Classic. The Lobos (2-1-2) are slated to play Cal State Fullerton (4-2-0) on Friday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. and classic host Arizona (3-1-1) on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m.
Winters named MWC Player of the Week: Senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters was named the Mountain West Conference Goalkeeper/Defensive Player of the Week by the league office. Winters started in both games played in the UNM Classic last weekend against Auburn and Syracuse.
In the scoreless tie against Auburn, Winters claimed her third shutout of the season and her 20th career after playing the full 110 minutes. Winters also captured her 22nd career win with the Lobos' 3-0 victory over Syracuse last Sunday. Winters holds the record for most career shutouts and wins at UNM.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON
The Titans are 4-2-0 on the season and 2-0 in neutral games. Their wins have come against San Jose State, 5-1, at Auburn, 2-1 (2OT), South Carolina, 1-0 and Gonzaga, 3-2. Their losses have come against MWC member San Diego State in their season opener in which they fell 2-0 and at No. 6 Santa Clara, 1-0.
Four players lead the Titans with two goals each so far this season, including senior midfielder Lisa Kosena who also leads the team with two assists giving her six points to lead the squad.
Through six games, the Titans have given up seven goals, but have scored 11 of their own and have outshot their opponents 93 to 44.
In 2004, Fullerton was the Big West Conference regular season champions after recording a 7-1-1 record in conference play.
New Mexico leads 2-1 in the all-time series history against Fullerton. The last meeting between the two teams came in 2003, a 2-0 Titan victory at UC Irvine.
Web Site: www.titansports.org
The Wildcats enter this weekend with a 3-1-1 record. Their three wins are over Missouri, 2-0, Princeton, 2-1 and Penn, 4-0. Their one loss was to Pepperdine, 3-1 and the scoreless tie was against Cal Poly.
Arizona is back at home this weekend after having four of their first five games on the road.
The Wildcats have been ranked nationally as high as 18 this season by the NSCAA.
Leading scorer with four goals is senior midfielder Mallory Miller. She also has one assist and a team high of 16 shots.
Arizona leads the all-time series history against New Mexico 3-2-1. The teams' last meeting came in 2001 with Arizona winning 3-0.
Web Site: www.arizonaathletics.com
LAST WEEK- LOBOS TIE ONE, WIN ONE
New Mexico hosted its last home tournament of the season last weekend in the UNM Classic. The Lobos went 1-0-1 after battling to a scoreless tie against defending SEC champion Auburn and defeating Big East Conference member Syracuse 3-0.
In the match against Syracuse, junior forward Kristine Sweat scored her first two goals of the season, each coming in both halves. Junior midfielder Kaela Kelly also contributed with a solo goal, making it her first of the season.
Sophomore midfielder Katelyn Ley had two assists in the game against Syracuse, boosting her to a team and career high of three assists on the season.
LOBOS OFF TO BEST START SINCE `97
With only one loss through five games, New Mexico is off to its best start of the season since 1997 when the Lobos won four straight before losing their fifth match of the year.
The Lobos had the benefit of playing at home in the first three weekends of the season. It was the first time in program history that New Mexico was at home three weekends in a row to start the year.
New Mexico is outshooting its opponents 89 to 50 so far this season...through all five games played this season, the Lobos have held the shooting advantage...junior forward Kristine Sweat (Concord, Calif.) leads the team with two goals and 19 shots...sophomore midfielder Katelyn Ley (Marine, Minn.) leads the team with a career high of three assists...junior midfielder Kaela Kelly (Hesperia, Calif.) follows with two assists and has one goal...local players forward Bridgette Sanchez (Rio Rancho, N.M.) and midfielder Terryn Granados (Albuquerque, N.M. both have one goal on the season...Sweat, Ley, Kelly, Sanchez and Granados have started in every game so far this season...newcomers to watch on the Lobos' offensive side are true freshmen Asha Richardson (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Hannah Hand (Los Angeles, Calif.)...so far both have brought an interesting dynamic to their forward positions...Richardson is a fast, athletic player who has seen playing time in all five games played...she has four shots to her name with one on goal...Hand is deceptively fast and a very skilled forward who has also seen playing time in all five games...she has four shots on goal.
DEFENSIVE QUICK HITS
The Lobos have only allowed one goal through five games...UNM is tied for first for the fewest goals allowed in the MWC so far this season...it is the fewest goals New Mexico has allowed in the first five games of the year since the program's debut in 1993 when the Lobos allowed the first goal of the season in the sixth game...UNM has four shutouts on the season, including two wins and two ties...last season, the Lobos had three shutouts out of 17 games played...starting in the back field this season have been mostly veteran players...senior defenders Nicole McCarty (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Nicole Pitcock (Tracy, Calif.) have spent most of their time covering the wings...at central defender, juniors Ashley Lowery (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Alanna Abeyta (Albuquerque, N.M.) have been collecting the minutes...starting goalkeeper has been senior Kristen Winters (Lakewood, Colo.)...the defense has also seen a mix of young talent come off the bench to help the New Mexico back line...sophomore Amber Wetsch (Albuquerque, N.M.) has contributed in three games so far this season...true freshmen Samantha Bevis (Lakewood, Colo.) and Krista Peterson (Fountain Valley, Calif.) have also showed great talent at the defender position.
In 2004, women's soccer home attendance hit it big. New Mexico was No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference and ranked eighth in the nation with an average home attendance of 1, 201.
For "Stuff the Stadium" Friday night against Auburn, 1,327 fans showed up to support their Lobos. Thank you Lobo fans for all your support!
Former players work for good cause: During last Sunday's game against Syracuse, former Lobo women's soccer players Michelle Longmire and Michelle Nowfel raised over $200 for the Red Cross and the Hurricane Katrina relief effort after raffling off an autographed UNM women's soccer jersey. Thank you to those that made a donation.
Eight players from the state of New Mexico are on this year's roster. Local players to watch this season are Rio Rancho High School grad Bridgette Sanchez, St. Pius grad Alanna Abeyta and La Cueva grads Terryn Granados and Amber Wetsch.
NEW MEXICO UP AGAINST RANKED TEAMS THIS WEEK
According to Soccer Buzz Magazine, Arizona is nationally ranked at No. 27 this week. In the West region, Arizona is No. 8 while Cal State Fullerton is No. 13.