Oct. 4, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's soccer opens conference play Friday at Wyoming starting at 4 p.m. The Lobos have a 6-4-1 overall mark and have won three of their last five matches. UNM faces the Cowgirls on the road in Laramie, Wyo., for the third consecutive year and will finish the road trip against TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Complete results and information about this weekend will be posted at www.GoLobos.com.
UNM Classic Recap: New Mexico women's soccer defeated St. Mary's, 3-1, last Friday night and tied Nevada in a scoreless battle at the UNM Classic. The Lobos enter this week with a 6-4-1 overall mark and open conference play on Oct. 6 at Wyoming. UNM has seven games remaining on the schedule before the Mountain West Conference Championship.
Lobo Overview: Senior Kristine Sweat leads the Lobos offensively with four goals and nine points. Last weekend, it was senior Bridgette Sanchez that came up with the game-winner against the Gaels. Sanchez has two goals this season and has been one of the key leaders on the squad. Defensively, seniors Alanna Abeyta and Ashley Lowery have played well in the backfield limiting shots taken by their opponents. Sophomore Shannon Adragna has started every match in the net and has a 0.71 goals against average.
Making A Difference: Seniors Kaela Kelly and Ashley Lowery have been making a difference on the field for the Lobos. Kelly has shown a nose for the ball and has made things happen. Her aggressive style of play and experience has given UNM guidance at the midfield position. Lowery is one of the top defensive backs in the conference and has found a way to shut down other teams. UNM has four shutouts, including a scoreless draw with Nevada on Oct. 1. Lowery, along with fellow senior Alanna Abeyta have held strong under pressure limiting shots and assisting sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Adragna.
Scouting Wyoming: The Cowgirls are 5-5-1 this year and have won four of their last five matches. Last weekend, Wyoming dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 21 Colorado on the road in Boulder, Colo. The Cowgirls are led by Christine Nagel and Comfort Adetoye. Nagel is one of only two Wyoming players to have two goals this year. Adetoye leads the team with three assists and has taken 28 shots. Defensively, the Cowgirls have relied on Ashley Sheppard in the net. Sheppard is 5-3-1 with an 0.88 goals against average.
Tracking The Horned Frogs: TCU has an overall mark of 5-5-1 and recently tied Boise State, 1-1, in Idaho. The Horned Frogs have lost three of their last four matches heading into conference play. Lizzy Karoly has been the offensive fire for TCU. Karoly has five goals, two assists and 12 points. She has started every match and will be a player to watch.
Series Information: Wyoming Cowgirls: New Mexico leads the all-time series with Wyoming, 8-4-1. The last Lobo victory came last year in the Mountain West Conference Tournament. UNM defeated the Cowgirls in the opening round, 1-0, on its way to the championship match. Despite winning the last meeting in Las Vegas, the Lobos have played on the road at Wyoming the last three season.
TCU Horned Frogs: The Lobos have won five of the six meetings with TCU. UNM beat the Horned Frogs in the regular-season finale in 2005, 1-0, in Albuquerque. Sunday will mark the second match in the Vela era between the two programs and the first time the game has been played in Texas.
Sanchez Shines For Lobos: New Mexico senior Bridgette Sanchez started both games for the Lobos over the weekend and scored the game-winner against St. Mary's. The goal was her second of the season and helped UNM improve to 6-4-0 on the year. Sanchez made the most of her opportunities scoring one goal on two shots in 48 minutes of action. The Rio Rancho, N.M., native, also played 78 minutes Sunday against Nevada.