Sept. 28, 2008
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-- TThe University of New Mexico women's soccer team shutout the Central Arkansas Bears 7-0 this afternoon at the 4th Annual High Altitude Tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Lobos set a new season-high with seven goals and scored the most goals in a single-game since 2002. Sophomore Kate Wyrick and true fresman Zaneta Wyne each scored twice to highlight the victory. New Mexico improves to 5-2-4 on the season. Central Arkansas falls to 1-5-0 on the season.
"We came up to altitude for specific altitude traning," said head coach Kit Vela. "We felt it a little in the first half but I think it was more mental than anything. I was happy that the girls came alive and some of our young players stepped up."
The Lobos got off to a great start by finding the back of the net in the first three minutes of the match. Sophomore Alexis Ball found fellow sophomore Rachel Fields on a cross to put the Lobos on top 1-0. The goal was Fields' first of the season and first of her career. Ball picked up her third assist on the season.
Ball would net her third goal of the season in the 24th minute to put the Lobos on top 2-0. Freshmen Amanda Collins and Jordan Craig were credited with the assists. Collins picked up her second assist on the season, while Craig picked up the first assist of her career.
The Lobos would go up 3-0 when sophomore Katie McKernan crossed the ball into the goal box and found a streaking Craig for the header into the back of the net in the 35th minute. The goal for Craig was the first of her career. Collins was credited with her second assist of the match.
In the second half, Wyrick put the Lobos up 4-0 when she put away a Roxie McFarland cross in the 68th minute. Wyrick netted her first goal of the season, while McFarland picked up her second assist on the season.
The Lobos went up 5-0 when Wyne scored off an Elizabeth Lambert through ball in the 72nd minute. The goal was Wyne's third of the season. Lambert recorded her first assist of the season.
Wyne picked up her second goal of the match in the 76th minute from McFarland to make the score 6-0. Wyne's second goal was scored a little over five minutes after her first.
In the 84th minute, Wyrick was fouled hard in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Wyrick was able to convert on the penalty and scored her second goal of the match and put the Lobos up 7-0.
New Mexico scored at least three goals in back-to-back games for the first time since Oct. 6-8, 2002 when they defeated Houston 4-0 and Northern Arizona 4-2.
The seven goals by New Mexico was the fourth most in school history. The record for most goals in a game is nine and the mark has been reached twice. Sunday marks the first time UNM has scored seven goals since the Lobos defeated Troy, 9-0, on Sept. 29, 2002. The seven goals were also a NAU Stadium record.
New Mexico's defense held the Bears to only 4 shots with 4 shots on goal. Due to injuries the Lobos used their fourth different back line this season. The combination of McFarland, sophomores Megan Bodenheimer and Lambert and senior Samantha Bevis stop virtually all Bear offensive charges.
Senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna was hardly challenged in the match. Adragna finished with 4 saves and picked up her fifth shutout of the season and the fifth win of the season.
New Mexico starts Mountain West Conference play in Fort Worth, Texas against TCU on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. MDT. For more information visit www. GoLobos.com.