UNM Women's Soccer Hosts No. 13 Texas Thursday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/05/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 5, 2006

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico women's soccer hosts the nationally-ranked Texas Longhorns Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in the 2006 home opener. The Lobos enter the match with a 3-1 overall mark and recently went undefeated in the UNLV adidas Classic last weekend. UNM faces UT (2-1) for the third time in school history with the Longhorns holding the 2-0 series advantage.

Thursday is "Stuff the Stadium Night" and all tickets can be purchased through the UNM ticket office at (505) 925-LOBO. For more information about Lobo soccer visit www.GoLobos.com.

Weekly Notes:

Sweat Named MWC Offensive Player of the Week: New Mexico women's soccer senior Kristine Sweat was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week as announced Tuesday by the league office. Sweat, from Concord, Calif., scored three goals in two games to help the Lobos go undefeated in the UNLV adidas Classic. Sweat had two game-winning goals over the weekend and helped UNM improve to 3-1overall. She scored the only two goals in the 2-0 win against Oakland and broke a scoreless tie in the match with UC-Irvine. She started both games at the forward position and had 11 shots with six on goal, resulting in three goals and six points. She also moved into a tie for fourth place on the UNM all-time career goals list with 13.

Corner Kicks: UNM made the most of their corner kick opportunities against UC-Irvine last weekend in the UNLV adidas Classic held in Las Vegas, Nev. The Lobos took three corner kicks in the match and scored on every one of them. Senior Bridgette Sanchez took two of the corner kicks setting up two scoring plays, while sophomore Krista Peterson had the corner on the final goal.

Sweat Moves On All-Time List: Kristine Sweat moved into a tie for fourth place on the all-time goals scored list with 13. Sweat scored three goals last weekend in the UNLV adidas Classic and pulled even with Dani Rangel, who played from 1993-1997. The all-time leader in goals scored is Laurie Hegedorn with 61. Hegedorn wore the Cherry and Silver from 1994-1997.

All-Time In September: UNM has a 39-52-10 all-time record in the month of September. The Lobos however are 22-14-7 at home in the month and have a 9-6-2 home mark under Kit Vela. The best September mark in school history was a 6-1 record during the 1997 season.

Coming Events: The Lobos host Purdue on Sun., Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held at the UNM Soccer Complex. The meeting will be the second between the two schools. The Boilermakers have the series advantage after defeating UNM on Aug. 29, 2004 in West Lafayette, Ind. Following Purdue, the Lobos will host UTEP on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. in Albuquerque.

Kelly Making a Difference: Senior Kaela Kelly has proven to be an outstanding leader through the first four games this season. She has helped orchestrate the offense to this point and scored the game-winning goal against Canisius College.

Offense Dominates UC-Irvine: UNM scored three second half goals to defeat UC-Irvine 3-0 on Sept. 4 in the UNLV adidas Classic. The Lobos shutout the Anteaters and moved to 3-1-0 on the year. Kristine Sweat scored the game-winner in the 62nd minute, while sophomore Asha Richardson and freshman Markee Nobriga added insurance goals for the Lobos. UNM won both games over the weekend and matched its best start since the 2004 season

Out-shooting Opponents: This season, UNM has outshot its opponents 52-14 and average 13 shots a game. The Lobo offense has taken 24 shots on goal and scored eight times. UNM has a .462 shots on goal percentage with three game-winners. The Lobos have taken 25 shots over the last two games compared to seven by their foes.

Sweat Leads UNM Over Grizzlies: New Mexico senior Kristine Sweat scored two goals to highlight a 2-1 victory over Oakland on Sept. 2 in the UNLV adidas Classic held in Las Vegas, Nev. UNM outshot the Grizzlies 17-3 in the match and improved to 2-1 with the victory. Juniors Amber Wetsch and Terryn Granados each had an assist in the match.

Lobos Off To Winning Start: UNM has a 3-1 record matching its best start since the 2004 season. The Lobos won two matches over the weekend against Oakland and UC-Irvine and return home for the opener against Texas this Thursday. The best start in school history was in 1993, when UNM started off 5-0 in the first season.

Lowery and Abeyta Lead Defense: Seniors Ashley Lowery and Alanna Abeyta have played every minute defensively for the Lobos. Defensively, they helped UNM collect two victories and shutout UC-Irvine over the weekend. They have orchestrated a strong defensive backfield that only allowed seven shots in two games. Their experience and determination has disrupted offenses and kept the ball out of the net. Their support has helped sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Adragna, who has only had to make four saves this year, have a goal against average of 0.73.

Adragna Finds Home in Net: Sophomore Shannon Adragna has played every minute in the net this year for UNM. In her first starting role in her career, she has accepted the challenge. She has a 0.73 goal against average in 371 minutes of action. She has collected four saves this year and had her first shutout of the season against UC-Irvine on Sept. 4.

Scouting Texas: Texas enters the week ranked No. 13 according to the Soccer America Poll released on Sept. 4. The Longhorns jump into the polls for the first time this season. Texas upset two nationally-ranked opponents last weekend in No. 3 Penn State (2-1) and No. 13 Illinois (1-0). Kelsey Carpenter has two of the three goals scored by UT this year. Carpenter leads the team with four points and has taken 13 shots. The Longhorns only loss came in the season opener at Auburn, 1-0.

Against the Big 12: The Lobos have a 5-11-1 all-time record against the Big 12 conference. The last meeting against a Big 12 foe was on Sept. 4, 2004 against Texas Tech. UNM easily handled the Red Raiders winning, 5-0. During the Vela Era UNM has played six matches against the Big 12 and has a mark of 2-4.

Freshmen Performance: Three of the newcomers have contributed this season for the Lobos. Markee Nobriga has played in every match and recently scored her first collegiate goal against UC-Irvine on Sept. 4 in Las Vegas. Nobriga scored on a header off a corner kick in the 84th minute. Paige Collett and Veronika Strnadova have both played in two games.

Physical Style of Play: UNM has 47 fouls this year compared to 27 by its opponents. The Lobos have established a physical style of play from the start committing 27 first period fouls.

Lobos Split During Opening Weekend: The UNM women's soccer team split a pair of games on 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.

Caroline Pardee All-Tournament: UNM had three players named to the Pardee Invitational All-Tournament team after their performances during both games. 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.

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 a heartbreaking double-overtime match. UNM has a 13-16-17 all-time overtime record.

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.

Monday, August 17
7:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Fort Lewis (exhibition)
Friday, August 21
5:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Texas Tech
7:30 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Florida State
Sunday, August 23
10:30 AM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Florida State
1:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Texas Tech
Wednesday, August 26
6:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at New Mexico State