Sept. 7, 2004
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UPCOMING: The University of New Mexico women's soccer team travels to Los Angeles, Calif. to compete in the Loyola Marymount Tournament against the Washington State Cougars on Friday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. (MDT) and the Loyola Marymount Lions on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. (MDT).
Washington State Cougars (1-1-0, 0-0-0 PAC 10)
Location: Pullman, Wash.
Conference: Pac 10
Head Coach: Matt Potter (West London)
Record at Washington State: 6-11-2 (1 year)
Starters Returning/Lost: 4/7
2003 Record: 6-11-2
2003 Conference Record: 2-5-2 (8th)
UNM vs. Washington State: 1-3
Top Goal Scorer Returning: Christie Spear (2 in 2003)
Top Assists Returning: Christie Spear (8 in 2003)
Top Goalie Returning: Katie Hultin (0.84 GAA)
Notes: Washington State is entering its match with New Mexico after holding No. 8 ranked Tennessee to a scoreless tie last Saturday. The last time UNM and Washington State met was in 2003 at Pullman, Wash. The Lobos lost to the Cougars 1-0.
Web Site: Washington State Athletic Department Website
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS (2-2-0, 0-0-0 WCC)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Conference: West Coast
Head Coach: Gregg Murphy (Chapman, `86)
Record at Loyola Marymount: 79-58-14 (8 years)
Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
2003 Record: 9-8-3
2003 Conference Record: 2-5 (7th)
UNM vs. Loyola Marymount: First Meeting
Top Goal Scorer Returning: Kelly Lewandowski, Lori Sims (4 in 2003)
Top Assists Returning: Tana Smothermon (4 in 2003)
Top Goalie Returning: Kelly Yukihiro (1.31 GAA)
Notes: LMU is coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss to Hawaii on Saturday at Loyola Marymount. The Lions return 18 letterwinners to the bench and seven starters. Soccer Buzz magazine ranked the 2004 LMU recruited class 19th best in the nation.
Web Site: LMU Athletic Department Website
LAST WEEK: UNM went undefeated in its first two home games of the season at the UNM Soccer Complex over the weekend. The Lobos defeated the Portland State Vikings 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 3 and the Texas Tech Red Raiders 5-0 on Saturday, Sept. 4.
The win on Friday against Portland State did not come easy for UNM as the team struggled to get it together in the first half of the game. The Vikings capitalized on New Mexico's shaky beginning with a goal at the 31st minute. With Portland State leading 1-0 at the end of the first half, the Lobos returned ready to battle.
In the second half, New Mexico took control of the game with two goals. Senior Coco D'Angelo scored UNM's first goal on a cross kick from
sophomore Kristine Sweat which she rocketed into the back of the net at the 59th minute. Sophomore Kaela Kelly stepped up for the game-winning goal with a header off a long pass from sophomore Samantha Sullivan at the 71st minute. The Lobos held the Vikings for the final 19 minutes of the game for the victory.
The game against Texas Tech was a different story for New Mexico. UNM controlled the tempo of the game the entire 90 minutes, scoring five goals on the Red Raiders for its second shutout of the season.
Freshman Jordan Johnson scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick at the 30th minute, giving the Lobos the upper hand right away. Sophomore Brittany Emerson followed Johnson's goal shortly after with one of her own at the 31st minute mark.
UNM continued its rally in the second half, scoring three more goals for the win over Texas Tech. Sophomore Alicia Lacovara, Johnson and Kelly scored the final goals for New Mexico.
UNM's 3-1 record is the team's best start since 1997 when the Lobos opened the year 4-0. That year's team went on to post a program best 15-5 record.
With the 5-0 shutout over Texas Tech, UNM has scored the most goals in one game this season since 9 in the 9-0 win at Troy State in 2002.
The Lobo offense is looking good, scoring 9 goals through 4 games. So far, UNM is out shooting its opponents 61-43. Last season, UNM scored its 9th goal in its season finale vs. BYU. It was New Mexico's 19th game of the 2003 season.
The victory over Texas Tech marked the biggest home win for New Mexico since 1994 when the Lobos defeated College of the Southwest 8-1 at UNM's Robertson Field.
MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters is in the running this week for MWC Defensive Player of the Week. Winters no doubt led the Lobos to their home victories over the weekend against Portland State and Texas Tech, posting a total of seven saves and capturing her second shutout of the season and 17th career shutout. Winters is well on her way to tying Melissa Liston's school record of 18 shutouts and could easily shatter that record this season.
Offensive Player of the Week nominees are freshman Jordan Johnson and sophomore Kaela Kelly. Johnson was impressive against Texas Tech, leading the Lobos with two goals. She leads the squad with three goals through four games this season. Following Johnson is sophomore Kaela Kelly who showed a strong leg in both games over the weekend. Kelly had the game-winning goal against Portland State and made one of the five goals for New Mexico against Texas Tech. She is UNM's second leading scorer with two goals through four games.
IN THE RANKINGS:
According to Soccer Buzz Magazine, the UNM women's soccer team is ranked No. 14 in the Central Region out of 68 teams.
The 5-0 shutout over Texas Tech is the second for the Lobos this season. 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.
UNM'S RECORD BOOK:
Winters is moving up the Lobo record book in shutouts and saves. She is currently in second place with 17 and needs one
more to tie with Liston (`96) for the all-time mark of 18. Winters is in third place in all-time saves at UNM with 228 and needs 104 to tie Hammock (`01) for the second spot at 332. Liston leads the way with 439 saves. Senior LeAnne Hendren has collected 7 assists in her career and ranks 8th all-time at UNM. She needs one more assist to tie Jayme Dieringer (`00) and Nicole Knutson (`97) for 6th place.
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.