Oct. 25, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico-Air Force women's soccer match has been moved to Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. due to field conditions at the Cadet Soccer Stadium. The match between the Lobos and Falcons will play at Colorado College on Washburn Field. The Lobos and Falcons face off for the 14th time Saturday and have played four of the last six meetings in Colorado Springs, Colo. UNM enters the contest with a 7-6-4 overall record and 1-2-3 in conference play. The Lobos are currently sixth in the Mountain West Conference standings and will battle Air Force to secure the final spot in the tournament.
Seniors Bridgette Sanchez and Kristine Sweat have been the offensive threats for the Lobos. Both have four goals this season and have proved to be dangerous with the ball. Sanchez, who earned the MWC Offensive Player of the Week for her play against San Diego State and No. 16 BYU, scored the game-winner against the Aztecs and had an assist against the Cougars.
UNM has only allowed 14 goals this season and has held strong defensively. Sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Adragna has been steady in the net. She has 51 saves in 18 matches with a 0.78 goal against average.
Scouting Air Force: The Falcons are 3-11-4 this season and have lost four of their last five matches. Brittney Perkowski has been the offensive leader this season with two goals and one assist. Air Force has only scored nine goals in 18 matches and allows just over a goal a game. The Falcons will be looking for their first conference win since Oct. 31, 2003, when AF defeated UNM, 2-0 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
AF Series Information: The Falcons lead the all-time series 7-6-0 but UNM has won the last two matches. The Lobos beat Air Force, 2-1, last year in Colorado Springs, Colo. Seniors Alanna Abeyta and Kellee Hafner came through with the goals to seal the victory. The last win for the Falcons came on Oct. 31, 2003, when they shutout UNM. That was the last conference win for AF to this day.
Weekend Review: The Lobos went 1-0-1 last week against San Diego State and No. 16 BYU. UNM faced the Aztecs last Thursday afternoon and dominated. The Lobos beat SDSU, 2-0, in a match that will be features during the "Inside Soccer" program airing on the MTN Network. Saturday was Senior Day for UNM as they tied the Cougars, 1-1, in a double overtime draw.
Sanchez and Adragna Earn Weekly Honor: New Mexico senior forward Bridgette Sanchez and sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Adragna have been named Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Sanchez, a native of Rio Rancho, N.M., scored the game-winner in a 2-0 victory over San Diego State. Sanchez found the net in the 39th minute to help the Lobos win their first Mountain West Conference match of the season. Against the 16th-ranked Cougars, Sanchez added an assist to junior Terryn Granados. During the weekend, Sanchez had five shots, with a goal and an assist, totaling three points. This season, she has a team-leading 12 points with four assists and four goals.
Adragna, an Albuquerque, N.M., native, faced a total of 31 shots in two games, including 19 from the nationally-ranked Cougars, making 10 game-saving saves. Adragna finished the weekend with a 0.45 goals against average and a 1-0-1 record in conference action. She marked her fifth shutout of the year against the Aztecs as she fielded 12 shots and had four saves.
Lobo Overview: UNM is led by seniors Kristine Sweat and Bridgette Sanchez offensively. Sweat and Sanchez have both scored four goals and have been the main offensive threats. The defense has been one of many bright spots this fall. The Lobos have allowed 14 goals this season.
Quick Hitters: UNM snapped a five-game skid last week with a 2-0 victory over San Diego State. The Lobos dominated the match with the Aztecs with senior Bridgette Sanchez scoring the game-winner.
The Lobos have outshot their opponents, 236-178, this season. Sunday's 1-1 tie with No. 16 BYU was the seventh overtime match of the year for the Lobos. UNM has a 0-3-4 overtime record this season but have tied four of this last five matches in golden goal action.
Sophomore Shannon Adragna recorded her fifth shutout of the year against San Diego State. Adragna faced 12 shots from the Aztecs and made four saves.
Defensively the Lobos faced 31 shots over the last two games and only allowed one goal. UNM picked up its first Mountain West Conference victory of the year against San Diego State and tied No. 16 BYU. Seniors Alanna Abeyta and Ashley Lowery both played a major factor in last weekend's success.
The Lobos have only given up 14 goals this season in 17 games. UNM has found a way to shut down its opponent and has recorded six shutouts.
Sophomore Shannon Adragna is second in the Mountain West Conference with a 0.78 goals against average this year. Adragna, who is in her first starting role, has recorded 51 saves and has five shutouts.
The Lobos have only allowed 14 goals this year against a difficult schedule. UNM has played four ranked opponents in Texas, Purdue, Utah and BYU and still rank second in the conference.
The Lobos finished the week with a 6-6-3 overall mark and will take on San Diego State and BYU this week.
Mountain West Tournament: The 2006 Mountain West Conference Tournament opens next week and the field will be determined this weekend. Only six of the eight teams make the field in Salt Lake City, Utah. Heading into the weekend, UNM sits in sixth place with one match remaining on the schedule. The sixth spot is a battle between TCU and the Lobos. TCU faces San Diego State Saturday at noon, while UNM concludes with Air Force Friday at 4 p.m.
Adragna Steady In Goal: Shannon Adragna started both games in the net for New Mexico last week. This season, Adragna had a 0.78 goals against average (GAA) in 1,621 minutes of action. She collected 51 saves in 18 games, while facing a total of 178 shots.
Kit Vela Enters Sixth Season: UNM head coach Kit Vela enters her sixth season coaching the Lobos and returns a talented roster. Vela, who has been rebuilding the women's soccer program since arriving, looks to build upon her recent success. Last season, Vela guided the Lobos to an 8-7-4 overall record and reached the championship game of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
Out Shooting Opponents: This season, UNM has outshot its opponents 236-178 and average 13.9 shots a game. The Lobo offense has taken 103 shots on goal and scored 21 times. UNM has a .317 shots on goal percentage with six game-winners.
Sweat Moves On All-Time List: Kristine Sweat moved into fourth place on the all-time goals scored list with 14. The all-time leader in goals scored is Laurie Hegedorn with 61. Hegedorn wore the Cherry and Silver from 1994-1997.
UNM Picked Fifth In Preseason Poll: The Lobo women's soccer team was picked fifth in the MWC preseason coaches' poll as announced by the league office in August. UNM finished fifth in the final 2005 conference standings and returns every goal scorer from last season. BYU is projected as the league winner with Utah and San Diego State following in order. UNLV was projected to finish ahead of the Lobos with TCU, Wyoming and Air Force rounding out the poll.
Physical Style of Play: UNM has 196 fouls this year compared to 125 by its opponents. The Lobos have established a physical style of play from the start committing 93 first period fouls.
Seven Seniors: UNM has seven seniors returning in 2006, including last year's leading scorer Kristine Sweat. The Lobos are talented and look to capitalize on their experience. Seniors Ashley Lowery, Bridgette Sanchez, Alanna Abeyta, Eryn Paetz, Kellee Hafner and Kaela Kelly join sweat. Throughout their careers at UNM the program has continued to improve. They are currently the largest senior class in school history.
Lobo Newcomers: The Lobos welcome eight newcomers to the squad. This fall, Vela brings in seven freshmen and one transfer to add to an already talented roster. The 2006 class includes sophomore Mary-Kate Sliter, freshmen Chelsey Norton, Katie McKernan, Megan Bodenheimer, Paige Collett, Veronika Strnadova, Markee Nobriga and Ashley Phipps.