Sept. 6, 2009
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Sophomore Jennifer Williams scored the gamewinner in the 18th minute as New Mexico defeated Oakland, 2-0 in the 9th Annual Mountain Classic hosted by Northern Arizona today. New Mexico improves to 5-0-0 on the season and is off to its best start since joining the Mountain West Conference in 1999. Oakland falls to 2-2-0 on the season.
"I was proud of the girls," said head coach Kit Vela. "They played with a lot of patience and composure. They are really maturing and growing up. The girls went after the win today and they did a great job executing the game plan."
On her only shot of the match Williams fired a ball from 30-yards out off a throw in from sophomore Nicole Reed that found the far post and the back of the net. Williams scored a career high fifth goal of the season and the ninth of her career. The gamewinner was Williams third of the season and fourth of her career which puts her in a tie for sixth place all-time at UNM for career gamewinners.
The assist was Reed's second of the season and her career. Sophomore Amanda Collins was credited with the second assist on the play. It was Collins' first of the season and fourth of her career.
Sophomore Zaneta Wyne picked up her second goal of the season off a free kick from 40 yards our by Junior Elizabeth Lambert. Wyne got a head on the ball near the near post and put it past the keeper to put the Lobos on top 2-0. The goal was Wyne's sixth of her career. Lambert picked up her first assist of the season and second of her career.
Redshirt freshman Kelli Cornell picked up her fifth win and her fourth shutout of the season. The San Clemente, Calif. native currently has a 0.40 goals allowed average and has only allowed two goals in five matches. She is currently tied for eighth place all-time for wins in a single season with five. Cornell's four shutouts this season put her in a tie for tenth place all-time for shutouts in a single season.
True freshman Sinead Fleming saw playing time for the first time in her career at outside back. Fleming is one of five true freshmen to see the playing field for the Lobos this season.
The Lobos return home to host the UNM Nike Classic Sept. 11-13. UNM will take on Cal State Northridge Friday at 7 p.m. MT and Tulsa Sunday at 1 p.m. MT. For more information visit www.GoLobos.com.