Sept. 21, 2004
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team hits the road this weekend as it travels to Missoula, Mont. to face two more non-conference teams. The Lobos play Hawai'i on Friday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. (MDT) and host Montana on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. (MDT).
Location: Honolulu, Hawai'i
Head Coach: Pinsoom Tenzing (Univ. of Punjab, `68)
Record at Hawai'i: 80-94-13 (10 years)
Starters Returning/Lost: 9/2
2003 Record: 13-5-2
2003 Conference Record: 7-1-0 (T1st)
UNM vs. Hawai'i: 1-0
Top Goal Scorer Returning: Natasha Kai (29 in 2003)
Top Assists Returning: Robyn deHay (8)
Top Goalie Returning: Mahie Atay (1.20 GAA)
Notes: Hawai'i shutout Portland State, 3-0, over the weekend, collecting its second straight home win of the season. Junior Natasha Kai continues to be a standout performer for the Rainbow Wahine. She leads the team with five goals so far this fall. Hawai'i is so far undefeated on the road.
Web Site: www.uhathletics.hawaii.edu
Location: Missoula, Mont.
Conference: Big Sky
Head Coach: Neil Sedgwick (Dalhousie, `92)
Record at Montana: 0-0 (1st year)
Starters Returning/Lost: 10/1
2003 Record: 8-11-2
2003 Conference Record: 3-3 (4th)
UNM vs. Montana: 0-2-0
Top Goal Scorer Returning: Lindsay Winans (5 in 2003)
Top Assists Returning: Nikki Bolstad and Tara Schwager (4 in 2003)
Top Goalie Returning: New goalkeeper Jamie Rizzuto
Notes: The Lobos are meeting the Grizzlies for the first time since 1995. Montana was unable to find a win over the weekend, losing 1-0 to Colorado College and 2-0 to Nebraska. Before signing on with the Grizzlies, new head coach Neil Sedgwick served as an assistant for three years with USC. During his time with USC, the women's soccer team went to three straight NCAA Tournaments and finished the 2001 season ranked No. 22 in the nation.
Web Site: www.montanagrizzlies.com
In the first half, the Bulldogs took an early lead with a goal from leading-scorer Cortney Sobrero, but the Lobos quickly answered back with a goal from freshman Katelyn Ley. At the 21st minute mark, Sobrero came back with her second goal, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.
In the final 13 minutes of the first half UNM's Kaela Kelly was issued a red card, leaving the Lobos one less player on the field for the remainder of the game. New Mexico managed to keep the match tight for the rest of the first half, but the second half proved to be too much as Fresno State scored two more of its four goals in the 43rd and 77th minutes of the game.
Senior Coco D'Angelo scored UNM's second goal in the 79th minute.
Senior forward LeAnne Hendren and juniors Nicole McCarty (defender) and Kristen Winters (goalkeeper) have been the usual veteran starters for UNM this season.
Depth On The Bench
The Lobos certainly added more depth to their roster this season than in years past. UNM head coach Kit Vela bulked up the bench with plenty of young talent. The 2004 Lobo women's soccer team is one of the biggest ever at UNM with 31 players. Vela is also fielding one of the youngest teams in her career at New Mexico. The Lobos feature nine freshman, 14 sophomores, six juniors and two seniors. Vela is pleased with the depth she has seen from the young squad. Since the beginning of the season, 23 of the 31 players have made an appearance on the playing field.
The 2004 University of New Mexico women's soccer team features 13 players from the state of New Mexico which is the most ever that any Lobo women's soccer team has fielded. The 1999 team comes the closest with 11 locals on the roster. This season eight players come from Albuquerque (Alanna Abeyta, Shannon Adragna, Erica Freese, Terryn Granados, Gina Martello, Samantha Sullivan, Kim Tebo and Amber Wetsch), two from Edgewood (Alicia Lacovara and Brigita Lacovara), one from Belen (LeAnne Hendren), one from Los Alamos (Kim Melton) and one from Rio Rancho (Bridgette Sanchez).
The Lobos are more active offensively this year than last season. New Mexico has already scored 11 goals and is posting 11 assists through seven games. Last year, the Lobos scored a total of nine goals and had six assists on the season.
The 2004 Lobos are averaging 1.57 goals a game compared to last year's team who only averaged 0.5 a match. The most goals UNM scored in one game this season was in the home match vs. Texas Tech. New Mexico scored a total of five goals for the win, the most ever in one game since 1997.
The offense is also taking more chances this season with shots. The Lobos are outshooting their opponents 85-74.
Since the arrival of Kit and Jorge Vela in 2001, New Mexico has averaged 6.3 shutouts a year. In the three years before the Vela's, UNM was only averaging 3.3 a year.
This season the Lobos have captured two shutouts. For their season opener UNM shutout Cincinnati 2-0, making it the first time in four years for New Mexico to win its season opener. The second shutout came at home with a 5-0 victory over Texas Tech, making it the biggest home win for the Lobos since 1994.
Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters is right on pace to tying Melissa Liston's all-time career shutout record of 18. Winters needs two more to share the top spot with Liston.
New Mexico has produced several talented goalkeepers in Melissa Liston, Shelly Hammock and current UNM goalkeeper Kristen Winters. Liston was the first Lobo to play in the WUSA. Under the guidance of Jorge Vela, two Lobo goalkeepers have been named Mountain West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year (Hammock, 2001 and Winters, 2002). This season, Winters will look to receive the title again.
MWC Around The Corner
The Mountain West Conference schedule is set to start Sunday, October 10. The Lobos are scheduled to host Air Force on Sunday at the UNM Soccer Complex at 11 a.m. (MDT).