Oct. 4, 2005
After a week long break from competition, the University of New Mexico women's soccer team is back to begin its Mountain West Conference portion of the regular season as it travels to Utah this week for games against No. 12 BYU and defending MWC tournament champions Utah. The Lobos (3-3-3) will meet the Cougars (11-0-1) in Provo for a 7 p.m. match on Thursday, Oct. 6 and will then make their way to Salt Lake City for another 7 p.m. game against the Utes (7-5-0) on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Live stats for Thursday night's game against BYU can be accessed on the Cougar women's soccer web page by clicking Here. Gametracker will also be available for the game against Utah. Go to www.GoLobos.com and visit the women's soccer page. The Gametracker link will be located on the schedule/results page next to the Utah match.
The BYU Cougars are currently No. 1 in the conference with a near perfect 11-0-1 record.
Ranked No. 6 in the nation this week, the Cougars have defeated four other ranked competitors, including No. 22 Texas, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 9 Cal Berkeley and No. 21 Arizona.
BYU's only non-win so far this season was a scoreless tie against Eastern Washington at Provo, Utah. Earlier this season at the UNM Soccer Complex, New Mexico defeated Eastern Washington, 2-0, for its first season win.
Senior forward Jamie Rendich Beck leads BYU with six goals and five assists for a total 17 points. Freshman midfielder Jessica Aquino also carries six goals for 12 points.
The Cougars are 5-0-1 at home. Last season, BYU played New Mexico at Albuquerque and won 1-0 in overtime.
In the all-time series record with New Mexico, BYU leads 10-2-1. The last time the Lobos defeated Brigham Young was in 2001 with a 1-0 victory at BYU.
BYU finished 2004 with a 7-10-4 record and second in the MWC.
Utah is 7-5 on the season and is struggling with a three game losing streak as it enters this week's competition. The Utes' last three games have all resulted in shutouts with No. 9 Cal, No. 10 Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount all getting the 1-0 victory.
Before Utah faces New Mexico this Saturday, it will host TCU Thursday night.
The Utes are 4-1 at home. Their one loss at home was to No. 9 Cal who battled to the 1-0 victory after two overtimes.
Utah was picked to finish first in the MWC by the 2005 Preseason Coaches' Poll. Last season, the Utes won the MWC Tournament for the second straight year and made their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Utes are led by freshman forward Adele Letro who has five goals and two assists. Letro is in her second year with Utah after using her redshirt year as a true freshman in 2004.
Utah leads 6-3-1 in the all-time series with New Mexico. Last season, the Utes defeated UNM 2-1 at New Mexico.
In the Lobos' last weekend playing against non-conference opponents, New Mexico faced Nevada-Reno and Idaho.
The Lobos fell to Nevada 2-0 at Reno, Nev. after allowing the Wolf Pack score two goals in the first ten minutes of the first half. From there, New Mexico held Nevada, but was unable to answer back with goals of its own.
With hopes to end non-conference play on a strong note, New Mexico returned home to play University of Idaho with renewed confidence. The first half was a little shaky, but the Lobos persevered in the second half as junior forward Kristine Sweat found the open net during a corner kick opportunity, lifting New Mexico to 1-0 win and a final 3-3-3 non-conference record. Bridgette Sanchez and Kaela Kelly were both credited with the assist.
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.
Last season, UNM finished sixth in the conference ranks with a 1-5 record and was defeated in the opening match of the tournament vs. San Diego State.
Overall, New Mexico is 28-37-5 in the Mountain West Conference. Vela holds an 8-9-3 MWC record in her four years with New Mexico.
Senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters is one save away from grabbing her 300th career save. The Lakewood, Colo. native had 277 saves entering this season and has already added on 22 more through nine games.
Winters is third on the all-time saves list and is already the record holder for shutouts (21) and wins (23) at UNM.
SWEAT MAKES A MOVE INTO UNM RECORD BOOK
Junior forward Kristine Sweat currently leads the Lobos with 26 shots, boosting her career total to 85 and placing her ninth on the all-time UNM list.
Sweat is already on the single-season list for most shots in one season. In 2003, she collected 45 shots to put her eighth on the UNM top single-season performance list.
Sweat is also leading the team with nine shots on goal.
The 3-3-3 record is New Mexico's best record through nine games since 2002 when the Lobos went 5-4.
The most ties in a season was in 2003 when the Lobos had four. That season also had the most overtime games with eight.
This season, the Lobos have played in three overtime games with all of them resulting in ties.
New Mexico is outshooting its opponents 132 to 86.
Defense has been a strength this season for New Mexico. Lobos have been forced to make 22 saves compared to the 40 saves they have forced.
The starting line up for the Lobos has consisted of a talented mix of three seniors, six juniors and two sophomores.
Probable Starters: Goalkeeper-Senior Kristen Winters, Defenders- Senior Nicole Pitcock, Nicole McCarty and juniors Alanna Abeyta and Ashley Lowery, Midfielders- Juniors Eryn Paetz and Kaela Kelly and sophomores Terryn Granados and Katelyn Ley, Forwards- Juniors Bridgette Sanchez and Kristine Sweat.
After their road trip to Utah this weekend, the Lobos are back at home to play San Diego State and defending regular season conference champions UNLV. New Mexico faces SDSU on Friday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. and comes back to the UNM Soccer Complex on Sunday for a noon match against UNLV. For ticket information call 925-LOBO.
The Lobos are then back on the road one more time to face Wyoming and Air Force, Oct. 21-23. Last game of the season will be at home as New Mexico takes on TCU Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.