Sept. 2, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico women's soccer will host the UNM Classic from Friday, Sept. 5 thru Tuesday Sept. 9. The four-day tournament will feature the Drake Bulldogs and the 2007 Western Athletic Conference champion Hawai'i Warriors. The Lobos will take on Drake on Friday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Drake and Hawai'i will square off against each other Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1:30 p.m. In the Classic's finale the Lobos will host Hawai'i Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7:00 p.m.
The Lobos are coming off a 2-0 victory over the Baylor Bears and are looking to continue their winning ways.
HEAD COACH Kit Vela's WEEKLY ADDRESS"We are excited to have a few more home games as we start to round out our home stand. We are excited for this weekend and we are excited for Drake. They have a new head coach, who I think will bring a new energy to the team as well as excitement."
"We will also face Hawai'i who has been a NCAA tournament team for the last two years. We know them very well. They have a good coach and a good team. They are very quick and fast, everything you could want from a Hawaiian team."
"We will have two good games at great times. We will play Drake at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Hawai'i at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. That will allow us to have the same type of crowds that we have been having come out and rout for us."
LIVE VIDEO AND STATSThe UNM Classic will be broadcast live through All-Access at www.GoLobos.com. Media Relations assistant Chris Deal will provide play-by-play and former Lobo women's soccer player Asha Richardson will provide analysis for the broadcast during all Lobo home matches. The Drake vs. Hawai'i match will have live video through All-Access at GoLobos.com
Live stats will be kept through Gametracker, which is also available at www.golobos.com.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST DRAKEFriday's match between New Mexico and Drake will be the first meeting between the two universities.
New Mexico is 4-2-0 against the Missouri Valley Conference all-time.
TRACKING DRAKEThe Bulldogs are 0-2-0 on the season. Drake last saw action this past Friday, Aug. 29, when they were dropped 1-0 by South Dakota State. Drake returns 14 letterwinners and 7 starters. The Bulldogs finished 7-10-2 in the 2007 season.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST HAWAI'INew Mexico is 1-1 against Hawai'i. The two teams last faced off on Sept. 24, 2004 when Hawai'i escaped with a slim 1-0 victory in Missoula, Mont. The first meeting saw the Lobos cruise to a 3-1 victory here in Albuquerque, on Sept. 15, 1994.
New Mexico is 2-6-2 all-time against the WAC since joining the MWC.
SCOUTING HAWAI'IThe Warriors are 0-2-0 on the season. Hawai'i was dropped 2-1 by No. 23 Denver this past Monday, Sept. 1. The Warriors return 17 letterwinners and nine starters from last years squad. Hawai'i finished 15-5-2- in the 2007 season and made it to the first round of the NCAA tournament.
FANNING AND ADRAGNA EARN MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONSTrue freshman Jael Fanning netted the first goal of her collegiate career against Baylor on Aug 29. Fanning an Albuquerque native put the home team on top 1-0 on a Hannah Hand corner kick that grazed the head of Alexis Ball. Fanning was able find the back of the net off the deflection and scored the game winner for the Lobos. Fanning is one of four true freshmen who have earned starting positions for New Mexico.
Senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna picked up her first shutout of the season and her first win against Baylor on Aug. 29. Adragna is now in sole possession of third place all-time for career shutouts with 14 and moves into a three-way tie for third place all-time for career wins with 14.
YOUNG GUNSNew Mexico has found their offensive swagger in the form of three young and talented freshmen. Of the four goals the Lobos have scored in three matches, three have been scored by true freshmen. Midfielders Jael Fanning and Zaneta Wyne netted the first goals of their collegiate careers against Baylor on Aug. 29. in a 2-0 victory. Forward Jennifer Williams notched her first collegiate goal and the Lobos first goal of the season against Denver on Aug. 22.
OPPONENTS HIT WALLThe defensive back line of seniors Samantha Bevis and Krista Peterson, junior Jess Quador and sophomore Elizabeth Lambert have held opposing teams in check and have taken pressure off of senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna. In three matches the Lobos defense has only allowed nine shots on goal. The New Mexico back line has caused havoc and used their size and aggressiveness to keep opponents at bay.
COACH VELA GOES FOR 50th CAREER VICTORYNew Mexico head women's soccer coach Kit Vela is in her eighth year as the Lobos skipper and is looking for her 50th career victory. With her one more victory, coach Vela would be the first women's soccer coach at New Mexico to reach the 50 win mark. Vela's record at UNM is 49-64-21 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 15-21-9.
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.
YOUTH LEADERSHIPThe Lobos have youth and are not afraid to use it. Of the three matches that the Lobos have played eight freshmen have set foot on the soccer field. Four freshmen have impressed head coach Kit Vela enough to earn themselves starting positions. Forward Jennifer Williams, midfielders Jael Fanning, Amanda Collins and Nicole Reed have started at least one game for the Lobos, while forward Jordan Craig, midfielder Zaneta Wyne and defenders Gianna Cauvoto and Courtney Carpenter have seen considerable playing time early in the season.
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 continues to assist the offense from the midfield
ASSIST QUEENSenior Hannah Hand is rapidly moving up the UNM all-time assist record for a career. Since coming on in 2005 Hand has 12 assists that ranks her in a three-way tie for fourth place all-time at UNM. Hand is 11 behind all-time leader Laurie Hegedorn. Hand could be a major weapon for the Lobo offense this season.
LAST MATCHNew Mexico picked up their first win of the season as they blanked Baylor 2-0 Aug. 29 at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos picked up two goals from true freshmen Jael Fanning and Zaneta Wyne in the 18th and 78th minutes, respectively. Hannah Hand picked up her second assist on the season and moved in to a three-way tie for fourth place all-time at UNM for career assists. Alexis Ball was also credited for an assist on the Fanning goal. For Ball the assist was her second on the season. Krista Peterson and Amanda Collins picked up an assist each on the Wyne score.
Senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna picked up her first shutout of the season and her first win. Adragna is now in sole possession of third place all-time for career shutouts with 14 and moves into a three-way tie for third place all-time for career wins with 14.