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Lobo Women's Soccer Kicks Off Mountain West Conference Play With TCU On Think Pink Night
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/29/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 29, 2009

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico Lobo women's soccer team opens up Mountain West Conference play with TCU Saturday night. The Horned frogs are 7-3-0 on the season and are riding a two match winning streak. New Mexico (8-1-2) is 5-3-2 in MWC conference openers. Head Coach Kit Vela is 4-2-2 in conference openers while going 1-0 in the friendly confines of the UNM Soccer Complex.

The Lobos will do away with the Cherry and Silver uniforms Saturday and will wear pink Jersey's as part of Think Pink night at the UNM Soccer Complex. New Mexico will team up with UNM Hospital and the UNM Cancer Center to "Kick Cancer" during a doubleheader at the UNM Soccer Complex with the Lobo men's soccer team as they take on Cal State Northridge. The women's match is set for 5 p.m. MT with the men's game slated for 7 p.m. MT.

Giveaways include 1,000 pink water bottles and pink Howl Towels provided by UNM-H. The Lobos will also be giving away a pair of Lobo men's basketball single-game tickets. A silent auction of Lobo soccer gear will raise funds for the American Cancer Society, whose presence raises awareness for breast cancer research. The games are sponsored by UNM-H and UNMCC.

Tickets to Saturday's match will be $5 at the door. Fans can still purchase the Olympic Sports Pass for only $50. The Olympic Sports Pass grants fans entrance to Lobo women's and men's soccer, volleyball, swimming and diving, baseball and softball. For prices for the Olympic Sports pass please visit http://www.golobos.com/genrel/070108aae.html.

The Lobos continue conference play on Oct. 8-10 when they welcome Wyoming and Air Force to the UNM Soccer Complex.

HEAD COACH Kit Vela's WEEKLY ADDRESS

"We are excited. This is what we've trained all spring and summer for. I think we've done a very good job of preparing ourselves with the last 11 games and learn from all of those opportunities."

"Think Pink Night hits home for a team like ours. Breast cancer hits home for some of our players personally through their families and friends. I think the young women on our team are taken by the Think Pink Night and it's real emotional for them. I think it's a great opportunity for them to use soccer as an avenue to support cancer awareness."

"TCU is a good team. They are always a very hard-hitting team, very Texas like. We are excited to be playing them and to open conference play with them. Everybody is starting conference this week. Emotions are high throughout the conference. The first game is always important."

LIVE STATS AND VIDEO

All Lobo women's soccer home matches will be streamed live through Lobo TV on www.GoLobos.com. Lobo women's soccer Sports Information Director Daniel Archuleta will provide play-by-play and former Lobo great Shannon Adragna will add color commentary. Live stats will be available through Gametracker on www.GoLobos.com for all women's soccer home matches.

WEATHER REPORT

Saturday's forecast will call for mostly sunny skies with a zero percent chance of precipitation. The high will reach 73 degrees during the day.

WILLIAMS MOVING UP THE CAREER LADDER

Sophomore Jennifer Williams is off to a tremendous start. In 11 matches the Moreno Valley, Calif., native has scored eight goals and dished out five assists for a total of 21 points. Williams is also climbing the ranks of the UNM record book. The game-winner against Texas on Sept. 20 put her in a tie for second place all-time at UNM for game-winners in a season. Williams' 21 total points, puts her in a tie for fifth place all-time at UNM for points in a single season. Her 12 career goals and puts Williams in a tie for sixth place all-time at UNM for goals in a career. It was also Williams' sixth gamewinner of her career which puts her in a tie for third place all-time at UNM with current Lobo junior Alexis Ball.

SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST TCU

New Mexico holds a 5-3-1 all-time record against TCU and has lost two straight. Last season the Lobos lost 3-1 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Lobos last victory over the Horned Frogs was a 1-0 decision on Oct. 29, 2005.

SCOUTING TCU

TCU is currently 7-4-0 and is the MWC conference leader in total points scored (67) and goals with 24 thanks to nine goals over the weekend. The Horned Frogs are coached by Dan Abdalla (UNLV `97) who is in his fifth-year with TCU.

The Horned Frogs are lead offensively by 2008 MWC Freshman of the Year, Jordan Calhoun. Calhoun currently leads the MWC in points (22), assists (6) and is tied for second in goals (8) with New Mexico sophomore Jennifer Williams.

In net for TCU is true freshman Kira Michelson-Bartlett who has posted a record of 2-1-0 on the season in three starts. Michelson-Bartlett has allowed three goals on the season and has a 1.05 goals allowed average.

The Horned Frogs return 24 letterwinners with 10 starters from last years squad.

MOUNTAIN WEST STATISTICS

After a scoring nine goal over the weekend TCU has jumped in to the lead in almost every offensive statistical category. New Mexico has the Horned Frogs in its cross hairs and trails TCU in goals and total points. New Mexico has scored 21 goals on the season to TCU's 24 and New Mexico's 64 total points are only three behind the Horned Frogs.

Sophomore Jennifer Williams ranks second in the MWC in several categories. Williams is tied for second place for points (21), goals (8), and leads the conference in game-winners (5). She is ranked second in assists (5).

Red Shirt Freshman Kelli Cornell leads the league in shutouts (7) and in goals allowed average (0.32) and is currently ranked third in save percentage (.818)

LAST MATCHES

New Mexico went 1-1-0 this past weekend. On Sept. 23 the Lobos dispatched of Northern Colorado 3-1. New Mexico got three goals from three players in the victory. Sophomore Jennifer Williams got things rolling in only the third minute as she put away a one timer from fellow sophomore Nicole Reed. Jael Fanning was also credited with and assist. Junior Elizabeth Lambert scored the first goal of her career in the 21st minute. Lambert blasted a ball from 25-yards that went far back post for the score. Williams and senior Jess Quador were credited with the assists. True freshman Shelbie Luna picked up the first goal of her career as well against Northern Colorado. Luna was in the right place at the right time as a Veronika Strnadova's shot bounced off the keepers hands and in the air. Luna was able to put a head on it and score the goal. Redshirt Freshman Kelli Cornell picked up her eight win of the season.

Northern Colorado Notes • The goal was Williams eighth of the season and gives her sole possession of sixth place all time at UNM for goals in a season ... her 21 points put Williams in a tie for fifth place all-time at UNM for points in a season ... • Cornell's win against Northern Colorado was her eighth of the season and moves her into a tie for fifth place all-time at UNM for wins in a season • Shelbie Luna is he second true freshman to score the first goal this season ... True freshman Stephanie Rowe scored against Cal State Northridge on Sept. 11. • Junior Elizabeth Lambert scored her first goal of her career and is the second defender to find the back of the net this season for the Lobos.

The Lobos 10 match unbeaten streak was halted by the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Sept. 25. The Lobos fell 2-1 in the last non-conference show down before conference play. Sophomore Zaneta Wyne picked up her third goal of the season off a cross from sophomore Jael Fanning. Senior Jess Quador was also credited with an assist. The Lumberjacks were able to find two second half goals to take the lead and the victory back to Flagstaff.

Northern Arizona Notes • Sophomore Zaneta Wyne picked up her third goal of the season and seventh of her career.

GOAL PRODUCTION

This season the Lobos have found the back of the net 21 times. Eleven different players have scored goals including, Jennifer Williams (8), Nicole Reed (2), Zaneta Wyne (3), Rachel Fields (1), Kate Wyrick (1), Jael Fanning (1), Jordan Craig (1), Elizabeth Lambert (1), Shelbie Luna (1), Stephanie Rowe (1) and Jess Quador (1). The Lobos have scored 21 goals and are out-scoring their opponents 21-6.

A TRADITION OF WINNING

Head coach Kit Vela is entering her ninth year at the helm of the women's soccer program. Since coming on in 2001 Vela has led the Lobos to the MWC Tournament seven out of eight years and has reached the championship match twice. In 2001 Vela was awarded the MWC Coach of the Year award.

Vela's squads have earned four consecutive winning seasons and are a force to be reckoned with in the MWC. Last season Vela earned her 50th career victory in a 1-0 decision over Drake on Sept. 5. Her first victory came in dramatic fashion as the Lobos stunned then No. 12 Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. on Sept. 30, 2001.

LOBOS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN MWC PRESEASON POLL

The University of New Mexico women's soccer team was picked to finish sixth this season by the conference head coaches. The Lobos were picked to finish sixth last year and ended the season in a tie for fourth place with UNLV. The top six teams at the end of the season get invited to the conference tournament which will be hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah.

SENIORS SHINE

Two seniors will wear the Cherry and Silver for the final time this season. Jess Quador and Veronika Strnadova are the two lone seniors on the Lobo roster. Quador came to UNM as a transfer from Colorado last season. She has become one of the on-field leaders on the backline and of the entire team.

Strnadova has shown the heart of a lion. She has faced adversity in the form of an knee injury before the 2008 season. After a successful surgery, Strnadova was able to make a full recovery and is at 100 percent for her senior season.

WILLIAMS DOES IT AGAIN

For the second season in a row sophomore Jennifer Williams has scored the Lobos first goal of the season. Williams took a ball from fellow sophomore Nicole Reed and used her speed to fly past the Idaho State backline. After forcing the ISU keeper off her line Williams put the ball in between the keeper and the near post for the score in the 12th minute.

Last season Williams, as a true freshman, took a cross from senior Hannah Hand and headed top shelf for the Lobos first goal of the 2008 season and the first of her very bright career.

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

New Mexico welcome's 11 incoming freshmen to the squad this fall. Hailing Southern California are goalkeeper Sydney George, defenders Sinead Fleming and Lauren Irwin, and midfielders Shelbie Luna and Channing Perea. From the Land of Enchantment are midfielders Kelly Angerosa, Ashley Espinoza and Rachel Montoya. From Colorado are midfielders Chandler Guetz and Stephanie Rowe. Out of Utah is utility player Melanie Ward.

The strong group of freshman all have the talent to see immediate playing time in coach Vela's system. Each new Lobo brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and prior acomplishments.

Thursday, August 14
7:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Intrasquad Scrimmage
Saturday, August 16
7:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at Arizona (Exhibition)
Friday, August 22
6:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at Texas Tech
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