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Women Kick Off Month-long Road Trip At Washington State, Idaho
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/17/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

September 17, 2003

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

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UPCOMING GAMES: The University of New Mexico women's soccer team kicks off their month-long road trip this weekend at Washington State. The Lobos face the Cougars Friday, September 19, at 3 p.m. P.D.T. followed by the Idaho Vandals on Sunday, September 21, at 11 a.m. P.D.T. New Mexico will return home Friday, October 17, taking on Mountain West Conference foe Wyoming for Stuff the Stadium Night.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (2-3): Washington State comes into this game pulling off a huge upset over No. 10 Duke on Sunday at the adidas Wake Forest Tournament. The Cougars, 2-3 overall have faced three nationally ranked teams this season.

Washington State is led by senior forward Rachael Rodrick, who has scored in each of the Cougars' last three games, including the game winners against Duke and Montana. Rodrick has one assist on top of her three goals for her team-leading seven points.

Spending the majority of the time in goal for the Cougars is sophomore Katie Hultin. Hultin is 1-1, playing in 405 minutes. She has made 18 saves and allowed on three goals for a 0.67 goals-against-average.

Cougar Quick Facts
Location: Pullman, Washington
Conference: Pacific-10
Head Coach: Matt Potter (W. London '93)
Record at WSU: First Year
Career Record: Same
Starters Returning/Lost: 9/2
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 20/4
2002 Record: 11-7-1
2002 Conference Record/Finish: 5-2-2/3rd
UNM vs. WSU: 1-2-0
Last Time: L, 2-1 OT (10/7/01) at home
Last UNM Win: 2-0 (1994)
Web Site: www.wsucougars.com

IDAHO VANDALS (2-2-3): Idaho returns to action Friday in Spokane, taking on Gonzaga before returning home for the first ever meeting between the Vandals and Lobos. Idaho's women's soccer team lost the battle for the Governor's Cup to Idaho State with a 1-1 tie in Pocatello, Idaho on Sunday after beating Boise State on Friday.

"New Mexico comes out of the dark for us because we have never played against them before," said Idaho head coach Arby Busey. "They come from a very good conference and should prove to be a very quality opponent."

The Vandals are led by senior Emily Nelson. She scored her 23rd career goal during Friday's (September 12) home soccer match to become the all-time leader in career goals at the University of Idaho, and she couldn't have planned it better if she tried. Nelson's goal was the game-winner for the Vandals and earned the team a 2-1 victory at home over cross-state rival Boise State. Nelson leads the team this season with six goals and one assist for 13 points on 22 shots.

Time in the goal has been split by senior Kim Carey (2-0-2) and sophomore Lindsay Smith (0-2-1). Carey has participated in four games and started three for Idaho, playing 400 minutes. She has allowed five goals while making 22 saves. Carey's GAA is 1.12 while her save percentage is .815. Smith has seen time in five games and started two for the Vandals, playing 290 minutes. She has allowed nine goals and made 20 saves. Smith earned a GAA of 2.79 and a .690 save percentage.

Vandals Quick Facts
Location: Moscow, Ida.
Conference: Big West
Head Coach: Arby Busey (Villanova '93)
Record at UI: 2-14-3
Career Record: 2-14-3
Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 15/6
2002 Record: 2-14-3
2002 Conference Record/Finish: 0-8-1/10th
UNM vs. UI: First Meeting
Web Site: www.uiathletics.com

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