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Women Wrap Up Regular Season In Colorado Springs
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/28/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 28, 2003

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UPCOMING GAMES: The University of New Mexico women's soccer team ends its regular season play this weekend. On Friday, they wrap up Mountain West Conference competition at Air Force with a 3 p.m. kickoff. On Sunday, the Lobos take one last game to prepare for the conference tournament when they face Michigan State at 11 a.m. in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Going into this weekends competition, New Mexico has already set new team records for most ties in a season, 4, and most overtime game played with seven. The Lobos also need to score 31 points before the season ends to avoid breaking the team's record for fewest points in a season. The current record is 42, set in 1998, a year prior to the arrival of the Velas as head and assistant coach.

The Lobos, who earned their first conference win on Friday, will look for their second win behind the foot of junior midfielder Rachael Addison or freshman Kristine Sweat. Sweat currently leads the team with three goals after her game-winning goal Friday night in overtime. Addison is second on the team with two goals scored.

Taking charge in the net will be this week's conference Defensive Player of the Week in junior goalie Kristen Winters. Winters shot out both conference opponents in UNLV and San Diego State. She has made 92 saves and five shutouts in 1,445 minutes in goal.

AIR FORCE (6-10-1, 0-5-0 MWC): The Falcons are on a three-game losing streak which pushes them to 0-5 in the conference. They will be looking for their first conference win Friday when they host the Lobos in their last game of the regular season.

Leading the offense for Air Force is Jennifer Rowland. In 16 games played, Rowland has scored four goals and had one assist for her team leading nine points. The Falcons have scored 15 goals all season but are still scoreless in conference play.

In goal for Air Force is perdominantly J.J. Wolf. Wolf has played all but one half in net for a total of 1,530.26 minutes. During that time, Wolf has allowed 29 goals for a 1.71 goals-against-average. She has made 98 saves for a save percentage of .772.

Falcons Quick Facts
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Marty Buckley (Cal State-Chico '78)
Record at AFA: 90-115-9 (11 Years)
Career Record: Same
Assistant Coaches: Maj. Larry Friend (AFA '85); Capt. Jami Burgener (AFA '99)
2002 Record: 7-12-0
2002 Conference Record/Finish: 2-4/6th
Starters Returning: 8/3
Letterwinners Returning: 19/6
UNM vs. AFA: 3-6-0
Web Site: www.airforcesports.com

MICHIGAN STATE (10-7, 5-6 Big 10): Michigan State will end its regular season play against the Lobos. So far, the Spartans have outshot its opponents 36-18. While they have a winning record overall, on the road Michigan State is 2-4 and matches up more evenly with its opponents, scoring nine goals and allowing eight.

On a strong offensive team, two Spartans have scored six goals while six others have scored at least two goals. Tiffany Laskowski and Andrea Sied each have six goals apiece to lead the team and Laskowski leads with the most assists, at 6. Emma Harris is second on the team in total points behind Laskowski with 13 due to her five goals and three assists.

Goalie Stacy Heller has spent all but 10:40 minutes in goal for Michigan State. Heller has allowed 19 goals for a GAA of 1.12 and made 82 saves for a .812 save percentage. She has also recorded five of the team's six shutouts this season.

Spartans Quick Facts
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Conference: Big 10
Head Coach: Tom Saxton (Michigan St. '83)
Record at MSU: 114-105-19 (12 Years)
Career Record: Same
Starters Returning/Lost: 9/2
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 20/8
2002 Record: 12-7-2
2002 Conference Record: 5-3-2
2002 Post season: NCAA Tournament
UNM vs. Michigan State: First Meeting
Web Site: www.msuspartans.com

Lobos Last Time Out - The New Mexico women's soccer team (2-9-4, 1-3-1 MWC) ended its last home game of the season in a 0-0 tie with San Diego State (7-8-2, 2-2-1 MWC), Sunday afternoon at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos set new team season records for most ties, with 4, and overtime games, with seven.

It was also Senior Day on Sunday. A special recognition ceremony was held prior to the game for midfielder Clare Pollock for their outstanding careers wearing the cherry and silver.

New Mexico earned its first conference victory with a 1-0 win over UNLV (6-9-2, 0-4 MWC) in overtime Friday night at the UNM Soccer Complex. Scoring the game-winning goal at the 90:27 mark was freshman forward Kristine Sweat.

With overtime just underway, junior forward LeAnne Hendren was looking to score inside the box when she was taken down by a Rebel defender, setting up the penalty kick. Taking the kick and scoring her third goal of the year was Sweat.

Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters was named the Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in both games. This is her first weekly honor of the season and the second of her career.

Winters, a Lakewood, Colo., native, tallied two shutouts last weekend, leading the Lobos to a 1-3-1 record in conference play. In 207 minutes of action she had 10 saves while facing 28 shots, 14 of which were on goal. In UNM's 1-0 overtime win against UNLV, Winters saved five shots, while holding Anni Magliulo (tied for MWC lead in points and goals) to no goals for the match. She also had five saves in New Mexico's 0-0 double overtime tie with San Diego State, including a stop on a goal attempt in the final minute of regulation and diving save in the final seconds of the first overtime. On the season, Winters has 92 saves and five shutouts in 1,445 minutes in goal.

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