The fifth-seeded Lobos advance to MWC Championship game for the second time in program history (2002 & '05), both under fifth-year head coach Kit Vela.
UNM also appeared in the 1995 Western Athletic Conference Championship game, falling to host San Diego State 2-1.
New Mexico is the lowest seed ever to advance to the MWC Championship game. The Lobos were the No. 3 seed in their last Championship appearance in 2002, a 5-1 loss to top-seeded BYU. Utah won the MWC Tournament as the No. 4 seed last year.
Under Vela, UNM is 5-4 in MWC Tournament play with 4 shutout victories. New Mexico was 1-5 its first 5 conference tournament appearances (1-3 WAC, 0-2 MWC) and failed to qualify for the 1998 WAC Tournament.
New Mexico's 4-game winning streak is the longest under Kit Vela and the longest by any UNM team since the 1997 Lobos closed the regular season with 4-straight victories.
The Lobos are 2-0-1 against top-25 teams this year with all games being played on the road or a neutral site.
Prior to its win over No. 22 Utah tonight in Las Vegas, UNM tied No. 22 Arizona 1-1 on Sept. 18 in Tucson and defeated No. 6 BYU 1-0 in Provo on Oct. 6
The Lobos snapped a 3-game losing streak against Utah.
Their last win over the Utes was a 1-0 shutout in semifinals of 2002 MWC Tourney.
No. 22 Utah lost and was shutout for first time in 9 games (a 1-0 loss on Oct. 2 at Loyola Marymout).
The Utes' had not lost to a MWC opponent in 11 games and had won 14 of their last 16 (1 loss, 1 tie) against MWC teams dating back to Oct. 14, 2004.
Utah had won the last 2 MWC Tournament titles and 6-straight MWC Tournament games with its last loss coming against New Mexico in the 2002 semifinals.
New Mexico has not allowed a goal in three games and has a scorless streak of 278 minutes, 45 seconds. Air Force was the last team to score on UNM, finding the back of the net with 8:45 left in the second half of the Lobos' 2-1 road win.
The Lobos have allowed just 2 goals in their last 5 games
Since giving up a season-high 3 goals at Utah on Oct. 8, senior keeper Kristen Winters has allowed opponents to score only twice (excluding an own goal by UNM vs. SDSU) in her last 532:40 minutes (6 games) in goal
Winters' goals against average is a mere 0.34 in her last
The Lobos have allowed opponents to take just 29 shots in their last 4 games (7.3 avg.).
Utah fired 24 shots in its 3-0 first round win over Air Force, but could muster just 9 tonight against the UNM defense.