Sept. 4, 2009
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Sophomore Nicole Reed put away a header in the 68th minute as the University of New Mexico Lobos downed the Iowa Hawkeyes, 1-0 today in the neutral game of the 9th Annual Mountain Classic hosted by Northern Arizona. New Mexico has earned its fourth straight victory and improved to 4-0-0 on the season. The Lobos are 4-0-0 for only the second time in school history to start the season. The win also ties the school record for most consecutive road wins with four. Iowa falls to 2-2-0 on the season.
"It was a good back and forth game," said head coach Kit Vela. "Iowa was a good physical team and probably one of the most physical teams we've played in a while. I'm really proud of our efforts. Our girls never stopped and they worked hard the whole game. We got a great goal from Nicole Reed off a set piece and I'm just really proud of our efforts."
The win was New Mexico's first against a Big-10 opponent. Before the win over Iowa the Lobos were 0-6-0 against Minnesota (0-3-0), Michigan State (0-1-0) and Purdue (0-2-0).
Reed scored on a set piece off a corner kick from sophomore Jennifer Williams. Reed was able to get her head on the ball and put it in the back of the net for the gamewinner. The goal was Reed's second on the season and the fifth of her career.
The Lobo defense held tough for the entire match and allowed 12 shots. The backline of senior Jess Quador, junior Elizabeth Lambert and sophomores Gianna Cavuoto and Roxie McFarland have yet to allow a goal when all four are on the field.
Redshirt freshman Kelli Cornell picked up the fourth win of her career and the third shutout. The San Clemente, Calif. native is now in sole possession of sixth place all-time at New Mexico for career shutouts. Cornell made four saves on the day as well.
The Lobos take on Oakland, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 12 p.m MT. For more information visit www.GoLobos.com