Sept. 14, 2004
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team returns to the UNM Soccer Complex to host the Fresno State Bulldogs Sunday, Sept. 19 at noon. Sunday is "Stuff the Stadium" day with all tickets going for $1.00.
The Lobos look to improve their home record this Sunday after coming off two tough losses at Los Angeles, Calif. last weekend. UNM is so far undefeated at the complex, beating Portland State 2-1 and Texas Tech 5-0 for its first two home matches of the season.
Fresno State Bulldogs (1-3-1, 0-0-0 WAC)
Location: Fresno, Calif.
Head Coach: Steve Springthorpe (Methodist College, `87)
Record at Fresno State: 0-0-0 (1st season with Fresno St.)
Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
2003 Record: 7-9-2
2003 Conference Record: 4-4-0 (6th)
UNM vs. Fresno State: 0-1
Top Goal Scorer Returning: Kortney Lewis (9)
Top Assists Returning: Barbara Davis (5)
Top Goalie Returning: Jeannette Paine (1.77 GAA)
Notes: Fresno State captured its first win of the season with a 5-0 shutout over Sacramento State on Sunday at Bulldog Stadium. Steve Springthorpe was named head coach for the Bulldogs on June 3, 2004. Before joining Fresno State, he was the assistant coach at the University of Florida for five years where he helped the Gators to a 87-28-5 record. The last time New Mexico played Fresno State was in 1996 at Fresno. The Lobos fell 1-0.
Web Site: Fresno State Athletic Department Website
CENTRAL REGION RANKINGS
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team is listed for the second consecutive week in the Central region rankings according to Soccer Buzz Magazine. The Lobos are at No. 15 in the region, dropping one spot from their previous No. 14 rank.
The No. 14 ranking last week was the first time under UNM head coach Kit Vela that the New Mexico women's soccer team had been ranked in its region. The last time UNM was ranked was in 1997 with a final season ranking of No. 6.
Utah is the only other Mountain West Conference school to be ranked in its region. The Utes (3-2-1) are No. 10 in the Western region.
On Sunday, Sept. 12, UNM faced tournament host Loyola Marymount. The Lobos kept the match tight against a strong LMU team, allowing one goal at the 38th minute.
In the second half, neither team found an opportunity to score and Loyola Marymount held off New Mexico for the remainder of the game for the win.
UNM sophomore defender Alanna Abeyta and sophomore midfielder Brittany Emerson were named on LMU's All-tournament team for their performances in both games.
Live scoring is now available this season for all UNM women's soccer home games. Look for the Gametracker link on the main page of golobos.com in the schedule box.
The Lobo offense has scored 9 goals through 6 games. Last season, UNM didn't score its ninth goal until the 19th game.
Leading scorer for New Mexico is freshman Jordan Johnson who has scored 3 goals. Sophomore Kaela Kelly follows with two. Senior Coco D'Angelo and sophomores Kristine Sweat, Alicia Lacovara and Brittany Emerson have one goal each.
Kristine Sweat leads the Lobos with 3 assists.
UNM is out shooting its opponents 71-64 and has forced its opponents to make 20 saves through 6 games.
New Mexico's defense allowed only nine shots from Loyola Marymount. In LMU's match against Northern Colorado in the tournament, the Lions unleashed a total of 25 shots and had four goals.
UNM has made 21 saves, 19 are credited to goalkeeper Kristen Winters.
The Lobos have captured two shutouts so far this season. Their first game of the season was a 2-0 shutout over the Cincinnati Bearcats and the second shutout came at home against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 5-0.
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.
New Mexico has produced several talented goalkeepers in Melissa Liston, Shelly Hammock and current UNM goalkeeper Kristen Winters. Liston was the first Lobo to play in the WUSA. Under the guidance of Jorge Vela, two Lobo goalkeepers have been named Mountain West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year (Hammock, 2001 and Winters, 2002). This season, Winters will look to receive the title again.
DEPTH ON THE BENCH
The Lobos certainly added more depth to their roster this season than in years past. UNM head coach Kit Vela bulked up the bench with plenty of young talent. The 2004 Lobo women's soccer team is one of the biggest ever at UNM with 31 players. Vela is also fielding one of the youngest teams in her career at New Mexico. The Lobos feature nine freshman, 14 sophomores, six juniors and two seniors. Vela is pleased with the depth she has seen from the young squad. Since the beginning of the season, 23 of the 31 players have made an appearance on the playing field.
STUFF THE STADIUM
Last season, New Mexico was third in the Mountain West Conference and was listed 11th in the nation for average home attendance with 1,201 per game.