Oct. 23, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's soccer travels to Provo, Utah this week to play two Mountain West Conference matches. The Lobos face San Diego State Thursday in a neutral match that will be played at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. UNM concludes the weekend against No. 26 BYU on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The Lobos are 7-4-3 overall and 1-2-1 in the MWC.
The Thursday night battle between UNM and SDSU was originally scheduled for 4 p.m. PT at the Aztec Sports Deck on the SDSU campus but has been relocated. The relocation is due to the intense fires and conditions in the San Diego, Calif., area. The match will now be played at South Stadium on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah. Game time will be 6 or 7 p.m. MT.
The Lobos are coming off a scoreless draw with No. 27 Utah last Sunday. UNM hopes to continue its momentum this week against two familiar foes. The Lobos trail in both series with San Diego State, 7-4-4, and with BYU, 10-3-2. However, UNM defeated the Aztecs, 2-0, last year in the regular-season and tied SDSU in the MWC Championship. The Lobos tied BYU in the only match played between the two teams in 2006.
UNM takes on BYU for the 16th time Saturday in Provo, Utah. In the last meeting in Provo, the Lobos shutout BYU on their home turf 1-0. The victory was one of only two for New Mexico in Provo.
Lobo freshman Alexis Ball continues to impress this season and currently leads the team with six goals. The Albuquerque, N.M., native has scored six goals in the last eight games. Ball has received a lot of help from junior forward Hannah Hand. Hand is having a tremendous year after collecting seven assists and is tied for third in the all-time assists single-season records. UNM will test its talent against two tough opponents this week.
SDSU is 8-6-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference. The Aztecs are coming off two big wins over Wyoming and then No. 19 BYU. SDSU is off to its best start in the MWC since the 2002 season. BYU enters the week with a 12-2-2 mark and are 2-2-0 in league play. The Cougars will go on the road to face Wyoming Thursday before returning home to host the Lobos. Saturday night will be Senior Night for the BYU.
Complete recaps and stats for both games will be posted at www.GoLobos.com following every match.