Oct. 7, 2012
Reno, Nev. --- Natalie Jenks scored for the Lobos just 2:45 into the game, and UNM's stout defense made that hold up again as the Lobos tied a school record with their fifth straight shutout in a 1-0 road Mountain West victory over Nevada.
The win pushed UNM to 2-0-0 in the conference, and the six points is tied with San Diego State and Fresno State. The Bulldogs host the Lobos next Friday night at 8 p.m. Mountain Time.
The win was UNM's fifth in a row, all by shutout, and eighth in the last nine matches. The only blemish in that streak was a 3-2 loss at nationally ranked Florida, a game UNM led 2-1 before a lightning delay hit the Gainesville area. The five straight shutouts ties the school record, which was set all the way back in 1993, in the first five games of the program's history.
The team also set a record for longest consecutive shutout streak, which was 481:41, set in those first five games, and Cornell broke her own record with a current shutout streak of 492:06, which tops her old record of 473:29, set in 2009. Cornell recorded two saves in breaking the record.
UNM also has now gone 12-0-4 in its last 16 conference matches, a school record as well for longest conference undefeated streak. The Lobos also have won five straight regular season conference matches dating back to last year, and that ties the school record set in 2010.
It was Jenks who got UNM off to the right start, as she netted her second goal of the season just 2:45 in the contest. Stephanie Rowe, who had scored UNM's last three goals, set a shot towards the net that was redirected by Jenks' head for the goal. Originally, the goal was credited to Rowe, but video review and the two players confirmed the tally. It was Rowe's first assist of the season.
"We very excited to be one of the teams in a 3-way tie at the top," said head coach Kit Vela. "It goes to show how tight the conference is and what a battle it is every time out. We are looking forward to Fresno State on Friday, they are one of the leaders."
NOTES: Kelli Cornell continues to move up the charts. She extended her career records with her 45th win and 38th shutout, she is within one game played of the all-time minutes played record, and she started her 75th game of her career, tying for fourth place on the UNM list ... in the first six matches of the season, UNM had a 1.30 goals against average, and since then, UNM has had a 0.42 goals against average ... UNM has won four of the last five by a score of 1-0.