Oct. 6, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team (5-3-4) will travel by air and land for two conference matches this weekend Oct. 10-12. The Lobos will fly to Denver, Colo., and bus down to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Oct. 10 to take on the Air Force Falcons at 6 p.m. MDT. The Lobos will then travel up Interstate 25 to Laramie, Wyo., for a date with the Wyoming Cowgirls on Oct. 12 at 12 p.m. MDT.
This journey north wraps up a seven-match road trip for New Mexico. The Lobos will return to the friendly confines of UNM Soccer Stadium on Oct. 16, take on Utah at 7 p.m. The women's soccer team will team up with The ALS Association New Mexico Partner to "Kick ALS." During the match ALS staff will be auctioning off autographed team jerseys, soccer ball and other fundraising items to raise funds for The ALS Association New Mexico Partner.
HEAD COACH Kit Vela's WEEKLY ADDRESS"Conference is always fun. This is a very tough conference for travel but we are excited to be on the road again this weekend and we are anxious for the chance to redem ourselves. I think we just need to regroup a little bit. We need to reset our standards and set our goals again and go after Air Force on Friday."
"Air Force is a hardworking team. They are a blue-collar team and they are true cadets in the way they play. They're a tough team. I don't care what their record is or who they've beaten or who they've lost to, they are a very good team. We just have to be prepared to play for as long as it takes."
"Wyoming in Laramie is always a tough team. I'm sure they are going to be athletic. They have a new coach who brings in new dynamics. Playing at their place is always difficult."
LIVE VIDEO AND STATSThe Lobos match with the Wyoming Cowgirls will be available through Gametracker on www.GoLobos.com.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST AIR FORCENew Mexico has a slim advantage in the all-time series against Air Force and lead 8-7 and is 3-3 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Lobos last played the Falcons in Albuquerque, N.M., on Nov. 3, 2007 and came away with a 1-0 victory in double overtime.
SCOUTING AIR FORCEThe Falcons are 3-8-0 overall and are 2-5 at home. Air Force is lead offensively by Bridgett Murphy who has six goals on the season. Air Force has alternated its goalies with three keepers seeing action. Ashlee Curtis has seen the bulk of the action and is allowing 1.29 goals per game and has a 1-4-0 record.
SERIES INFOMATION AGAINST WYOMINGNew Mexico has a 8-4-2 series lead over the Cowgirls and holds a 3-2-1 advantage in Laramie, Wyo. The Lobos last played the Cowgirls on Oct. 12, 2007 and won 1-0.
TRACKING WYOMINGThe Cowgirls are 7-5-1 on the season and are 4-3 at home. The Cowgirls are lead offensively by Amanda Lanthrop who is second in the MWC with six goals and leads the MWC with eight assists. Minding the net for the Cowgirls is Jamie Scarcliff who is 7-5-1 on the season and has allowed 11 goals in 13 matches.
LEADERS OF THE PACKTwo true freshmen currently lead the Lobos with four goals scored. Jennifer Williams and Zaneta Wyne have both put four ball in the back of the net for the Lobos. With six matches left both are well on pace to pass fellow teammate sophomore Alexis Ball's 2007 total of six goals. Senior Hannah Hand currently leads the Lobos with seven assists. Ball and true freshman Roxie McFarland both have three assists, which is good for second on the team.
LOBOS SCORE MOST GOALS SINCE 2002 AGAINST CENTRAL ARKANSASNew Mexico women's soccer lit up the scored board on Sept. 28 against the Central Arkansas Bears at the 4th Annual High Altitude Tournament. In route to a tournament championship with a 2-0 mark, the Lobos recorded a season-high seven goals and tied a NAU Lumberjack Stadium record for goals scored in a single match. True freshman Zaneta Wyne and sophomore Kate Wyrick each had two goals while redshirt freshman Jordan Craig, sophomores Alexis Ball and Rachel Fields each netted one goal a piece.
NEW MEXICO RANKED SECOND IN ATTENDENCE IN MWCNew Mexico is currently ranked second in the MWC for home attendence. The UNM Soccer Complex is averaging 1,485 fans in the Lobos' six home matches. The biggest crowd of the season saw the Lobos tie the 24th-ranked Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers 1-1 on Sept. 12. In the Lobos six home matches the crowds have been over 2,000 fans twice and over 1,000 four times.
FINDING FIRSTSSeven of New Mexico's 10 goal scorers found the net for the first time in their young careers. True freshmen Jael Fanning, Jennifer Williams, Nicole Reed, Amanda Collins, Zaneta Wyne, redshirt freshman Jordan Craig and sophomore Rachel Fields each have ripped the ball into the back of the net. The first timers have accounted for 64 percent of New Mexico's scoring. Wyne and Williams each have four goals, which is tied for the team lead.
SOPHOMORE SENSATIONAlexis Ball had a dream freshman season as she lead the Lobo offense with six goals and one assist and is the only all-MWC selection from last year. Ball scored the game winning goal in four games last season which ranks her in a six way tie for sixth place all-time at UNM. Ball was also the MWC player of the week on Oct. 1, 2007 as well as the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week on Oct. 2, 2007. While she had a nose for the net, Ball was no different in the classroom. She received all-MWC Academic Honors. Ball will roam the midfield this year and has already scored a goal and notched an assist in an exhibition against New Mexico Highlands. Ball has started every game to this point and scored two goals this past weekend against Utah Valley Univeristy on Sept. 26 and against Central Arkansas on Sept. 28 and was named to the 4th Annual High Altitude Tournament all-tournament team.
ASSIST QUEENSenior Hannah Hand is rapidly moving up the UNM all-time assist record for a career. Since coming on in 2005 Hand has 17 assists that ranks her second all-time at UNM. The senior from Los Angeles Calif., recorded her latest assist against Utah Valley University on Sept. 26 when she found freshman Jael Fanning on a cross. Hand is six behind all-time leader Laurie Hegedorn.
LAST MATCHThe Lobos lost a 3-1 decision to TCU this past weekend. After going down 1-0. true freshman Nicole Reed netted her third goal of the season when she put away a penalty kick in the 34th minute. Reed is 2-2 on penalty kicks this season. The Lobo defense held the Horned Frogs to a little more than half their average shot production. TCU came into the match averaging 25 shots per match and were held to only 13. Senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna made 6 saves after facing 13 shtos.
COACH VELA NETS 50th CAREER VICTORYNew Mexico head women's soccer coach Kit Vela reached a milestone of 50 career wins against Drake on Friday, Sept. 5. The Lobos blanked the Bulldogs 1-0. Vela has become the only women's soccer coach at UNM to reach the 50 win mark. She has since picked up her 53rd win against Central Arkansas by a score of 7-0. Vela's record at UNM is 53-66-24 and has included three straight eight-win seasons. Vela has taken her team to the MWC tournament six out of seven years and have advanced to the MWC Championship game twice in 2002 and 2005. Vela has an overall MWC record of 15-22-9.
During her tenure at UNM, Vela has made remarkable strides in a short period. In 2005, Vela's squad was 2-0-1 against nationally-ranked opponents. Perhaps the biggest win of the season came when the Lobos defeated sixth ranked BYU in Provo 1-0. The Lobos would go on to defeat No. 22 Utah in the MWC tournament. In 2001, Vela's first year, the Lobos had their best conference finish with a mark of 3-2-1.
Vela's first victory came in dramatic fashion as the Lobos took down No. 12 Kentucky 1-0 on Sept. 30, 2001.