Sept. 14, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico women's soccer team put the exclamation point on their six-game home stand with a 5-0 win over the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights today. The Lobos conclude the six-game home stand without a blemish on their record and finish 3-0-3 in the friendly confines of the UNM Soccer Complex. With the win New Mexico improves to 3-1-3 on the season while Fairleigh Dickinson falls to 3-4-0.
"We played as a complete unit and the whole team played well together," said head coach Kit Vela, "We played 22 girls and to have the results we had was really good for us.. We showed our depth and I got to see some kids in game time situations."
"We need to keep learning as a team. Our record looks tremendous but it's really about what happens in conference play," said Vela, ". We have to get ready for conference and we can't take games lightly."
Sophomore Alexis Ball got the show started for the Lobos as she one-timed a Hannah Hand cross into the back of the net in the third minute of the game. The goal was Ball's first of the season and the eventual game winner. Ball is in a tie for third all-time at New Mexico for game winning goals with fice for her career.
A short four minutes later freshman Jennifer Williams picked up her third goal of the season off a Hand.
With the two assists Hand moves in to second place all-time for career assists with 16. The senior from Los Angeles, Calif. also netted her second goal of the season as she beat the Knights keeper one-on-one in the 57th minute. Rachel Fields was credited with her first career assist on the play.
Frustration set in for the Knights defense as they took down two Lobo players inside the 18-yard box. Freshmen Zaneta Wyne and Nicole Reed went 2-2 on penalty kicks in the 62nd and 78th minutes respectively. Both freshmen netted their second goals of the season.
The Lobo offense put five goals on the scoreboard for the first time since Sept. 4, 2004 in a 5-0 win over Texas Tech here in Albuquerque.
Not to be outshined by the offense the defense put up very impressive numbers as well. The Lobo defense frustrated the Knight offense all game with their aggressive pressure and didn't allow a shot until the 42:57 mark of the second half. The Knight offense was not allowed a shot in the entire first half and took a total of three for the match.
Senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna moved up the all-time list for shutouts into a tie for second place with 16. Adragna also picked up her third win of the season and 16th of her career.
The Lobos hit the road for a lengthy seven-match road trip. First up for New Mexico is the Women's College Cup hosted by UCLA. The Lobos serve as the home team when they play San Diego on Friday, Sept. 19, at 8:30 MDT and take on host UCLA on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2:30 p.m. MDT.