Nov. 4, 2009
PROVO, Utah--The fourth-seeded University of New Mexico women's soccer team defeated fifth seed Wyoming, 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament this afternoon at BYU's South Field. Sophomore Zaneta Wyne put away a header in the 46th minute to put the Lobos on top for good. The win marks the most wins in a single season for head coach Kit Vela. The Lobos improve to 13-4-3 on the season. Wyoming falls to 9-8-3 on the season. New Mexico advances to its fifth MWC Tournament semifinals in program history and will take on top seed BYU.
"The girls are excited to be here," said Vela. "They are real excited for the win and now we go after BYU. We had some nervous minutes but at halftime they said to themselves, have a little more fun and play our game. We are excited for the win and we take it as just another game. Now we get ready for BYU."
In Vela's second year at UNM she posted a record of 12-8-1 and made it to the championship match at the MWC Tournament.
The Lobos are now 3-0-0 against Wyoming in MWC Tournament play.
Wyne finished a series of headers from juniors Rachel Fields and Alexis Ball. Sophomore Jennifer Williams started the play with a corner kick that found Ball's head in the middle of the keeper's box. Ball redirected the corner over to Fields who headed it towards the goal. Wyne was in the right place at the right time and was able to head the ball into the net for the game-winner. The goal was a single-season high fifth and the ninth of her career. Fields and ball both picked up their third assists of the season.
The defensive backline held tight the entire match and only allowed seven total shots with three on goal. The combination of senior Jess Quador, junior Elizabeth Lambert and sophomores Gianna Cavuoto and Roxie McFarland held the Wyoming offense at bay and away from keeper Kelli Cornell. True freshman Sinead Fleming added some valuable minutes at outside back for the Lobos.
Cornell added one more shutout to her school record for shutouts in a season. The freshman from San Clemente, Calif., has 13 shutouts on the season and is now tied for fourth place all-time at UNM for shutouts in a career.