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Incoming Freshmen Prepare for the Leap in to Division 1 Soccer
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/06/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 6, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Incoming women's soccer freshman Amanda Collins led her U-18 club soccer team, the Colorado Rush, to the US Youth Soccer National Championship on July 27. The Rush defeated the Dallas Sting 3-0 to capture the title. Collins a future midfielder for the Lobos has had a busy summer. She earned her fourth all-conference award and was named all-state following her senior year. The Aurora, Colo., native has used the experience to build towards her freshman season this fall at New Mexico.

"It was a long run," Collins said, "It was really hard. We had two-a-days before regionals and before nationals but it just felt right. Our team played so well."

Playing the entire summer through the heat and two-a-days eventually lead to a chance to play for a national championship.

"Nationals were a really great experience," said Collins, "We played some great teams. We were just so prepared we worked really hard all summer. It was the best summer that I've been a part of to this point. It felt incredible. My team and I have been dreaming about this since we started playing club soccer when we were little."

After winning the championship Collins, will have a week off and will report the New Mexico under the tutelage of head coach Kit Vela and her staff.

"I know coming into college I'm going to be competing against some really great athletes," said Collins. "It's going to be tough but it's going to be fun. I'm really excited to meet all the girls. I really like all the coaches and they seem like they are really tough. I just want to do my best to help the team and make it as successful as we can."

Additional Notes:
Incoming Lobo goalkeeper Kelli Cornell was featured in the O.C. Register on July 24. The article highlighted the southern Californian's desire to play soccer anywhere on the field. Her forte being in between the pipes in goal, however Cornell being the unselfish player that she is calmly told her coach, "I will play wherever."

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