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Lobos Face Oakland and UC-Irvine In UNLV adidas Classic
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/31/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 31, 2006

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend to participate in the UNLV adidas Classic. The Lobos are scheduled to face Oakland Sat., Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. UNM will conclude the event Monday with an 11 a.m. match against UC-Irvine. Complete results will be posted at www.GoLobos.com.

Weekly Notes:

Lobos Split During Opening Weekend:

The UNM women's soccer team split a pair of games last weekend in the sixth annual Caroline Pardee Invitational held in Akron, Ohio. The Lobos opened the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Canisius College to advance to the championship match against Akron. UNM out-shot Akron in the title match but dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision in double-overtime. The Lobos finished the weekend with an overall record of 1-1-0.

UNLV adidas Classic:

The Lobos travel to Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend to compete in the UNLV adidas Classic. UNM is scheduled to face Oakland (1-1-0) at 1 p.m. on Sept. 2 and UC-Irvine (0-2-0) on Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. This season the Lobos will participate in four regular-season tournaments.

Schedule Preview:

The Lobos open their home schedule on Sept. 7 against Texas at the UNM Soccer Complex. It will be the third all-time meeting between the Longhorns and Lobos. UT leads the series 2-0-0. Following the Longhorns, UNM will face Purdue on Sept. 10 and UTEP on Sept. 17 all in Albuquerque.

Lobos Honored:

UNM had three players named to the Pardee Invitational All-Tournament team after their performances during both games last weekend. Seniors Kaela Kelly and Eryn Paetz received the award, along with sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Adragna. Kelly had the game-winning goal against Canisius College, while Paetz contributed an assist. Adragna started both games in the net for UNM and collected three saves.

Lobo Noteables:

UNM has out-shot its opponents in every game this season. The Lobos have taken 27 shots in two games, while their opponents have only taken seven.

Overtime Battles:

UNM had its first overtime match of the season on Aug. 27 against Akron in the championship game of the Caroline Pardee Invitational. Akron defeated the Lobos 1-0 in double-overtime. UNM has a 13-16-17 all-time overtime record.

All-Time In Las Vegas:

This weekend marks the eighth time in school history that UNM has played in Las Vegas. The Lobos have a 2-5-0 overall mark in Las Vegas with the only two victories coming against Utah and UNLV. The last time UNM played in Las Vegas was last November in the MWC Tournament. The Lobos defeated Utah on their way to the title game against the Rebels.

Seven Seniors:

UNM has seven seniors returning in 2006, including last year's leading scorer Kristine Sweat. The Lobos are talented and look to capitalize on their experience. Seniors Ashley Lowery, Bridgette Sanchez, Alanna Abeyta, Eryn Paetz, Kellee Hafner and Kaela Kelly join sweat. Throughout their careers at UNM the program has continued to improve. They are currently the largest senior class in school history.

High Expectations:

The UNM women's soccer team returns a wealth of talent for the 2006 season. Last season, the Lobos reached the MWC Tournament championship game and were one win away from the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Over the last three years UNM has steadily improved. The eight wins from last season matched the win total from the 2003 and 2004 seasons combined.

Home Schedule:

UNM will host 10 home events this year, including the UNM Classic. UNM will host national prominent programs such as Texas, Purdue and UTEP as well as conference foes Utah, BYU and San Diego State. All of the home games will be played at the UNM Soccer Complex.

Lobo Newcomers:

The Lobos welcome eight newcomers to the squad. This fall, Vela brings in seven freshmen and one transfer to add to an already talented roster. The 2006 class includes sophomore Mary-Kate Sliter, freshmen Chelsey Norton, Katie McKernan, Megan Bodenheimer, Paige Collett, Veronika Strnadova, Markee Nobriga and Ashley Phipps.

Kit Vela Enters Sixth Season:

UNM head coach Kit Vela enters her sixth season coaching the Lobos and returns a talented roster. Vela, who has been rebuilding the women's soccer program since arriving, looks to build upon her recent success. Last season, Vela guided the Lobos to an 8-7-4 overall record and reached the championship game of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

UNM Picked Fifth In Preseason Poll:

The Lobo women's soccer team was picked fifth in the MWC preseason coaches' poll as announced by the league office in August. UNM finished fifth in the final 2005 conference standings and returns every goal scorer from last season. BYU is projected as the league winner with Utah and San Diego State following in order. UNLV was projected to finish ahead of the Lobos with TCU, Wyoming and Air Force rounding out the poll.

UNM Faces Tough Schedule In 2006:

The Lobos will play 18 games this season against one of the nation's toughest schedules. UNM faces six NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, including three conference schools in BYU, Utah and UNLV. The Lobos host eight home events this season, with the 2006 home opener set for Sept. 7 against Texas.

Offensive Weapons:

UNM welcomes back numerous offensive threats, including leading scorer Kristine Sweat. Sweat scored six goals last season and dominated on the offensive side of the ball. Senior Bridgette Sanchez was one of five Lobos to score two goals last season and they all return.

Preseason Training:

The Lobos opened preseason camp on August 9 with two-a-day workouts. UNM continued to prepare for the season opener, while participating in multiple drills as the team developed. The Lobos defeated Fort Lewis College 3-0 on August 17 in the only exhibition match of the year. UNM had its final preseason workout on August 23 before leaving for Akron.

UNM Classic:

The 2006 UNM Classic will be held on Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 at the UNM Soccer Complex. The four-team event features the Lobos taking on St. Mary's College on Friday night and the wolf pack of Nevada Sunday afternoon. For more information about the UNM Classic visit www.GoLobos.com.

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