Aug. 9, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team was picked fifth in the 2006 Mountain West Conference preseason poll released Wednesday by the conference office. The Lobos are coming off one of the best seasons in school history and return seven seniors. UNM head coach Kit Vela has high expectations heading into the new year and understands they have a lot to prove.
"We are going to take this as a challenge," said Vela. "This is a very competitive conference. The Mountain West Conference is one of the top seven conference in the country for a reason and we know we can compete. We finished fifth last year and we knew we were going to be close to the same position in this poll. Our attitude is that we need to prove them differently."
BYU collected a total of 46 points to capture the top spot in the poll. Utah, which won the last year's MWC regular-season title, received three first-place votes and took second place in the poll with 44 points. San Diego State was picked to finish third with 35 points, while also tallying one first-place vote. Last year's tournament champion, UNLV, was picked fourth (32 points), while New Mexico was fifth (25 points), TCU was sixth (19 points), Wyoming was seventh (16 points), and Air Force was eighth (7 points).
UNM opened fall camp Wednesday and will continue to prepare for the season opener on August 25 against Canisius College at 5 p.m. in Akron, Ohio. The Lobos face a difficult schedule in 2006, while hosting eight home matches at the UNM Soccer Complex. For complete coverage of UNM women's soccer visit www.golobos.com.
Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll
Pl. Team (1st place votes) Points
1. BYU (4), 46
2. Utah (3), 44
3. San Diego State (1), 35
4. UNLV, 32
5. New Mexico, 25
6. TCU, 19
7. Wyoming, 16
8. Air Force, 7