Oct. 17, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's soccer hosts UNLV Friday and travels to Utah Sunday as they continue Mountain West Conference action. The Lobos are 7-3-2 overall and 1-1-0 in the conference. UNM has won three of its last four matches and remain one win shy of last season's total. Friday's match with the Rebels is slated for a 7 p.m. start at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos concluded the weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah at 1 p.m.
New Mexico women's soccer went 1-1 last weekend to open the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos defeated Wyoming, 1-0, Friday night but dropped a tough match Sunday to TCU, 1-0. Freshman Alexis Ball scored the only goal for UNM Friday against the Cowgirls.
The Lobos battle the Rebels for the 11th time in the series history. UNLV leads the all-time series, 6-4, and have won the last four meetings. Last season, UNM dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to the Rebels in Las Vegas. The Lobos' last victory over UNLV was on Oct. 24, 2003 in Albuquerque when UNM won a 1-0 overtime thriller.
The Lobos have five regular-season matches remaining on the schedule before the MWC Championship on Nov. 7-10. UNM hosts UNLV Friday before traveling to Utah Sunday. In two weeks, the Lobos hit the road for San Diego State (Oct. 25) and BYU (Oct. 27) and then concluded the season on Nov. 3 against Air Force at home.
New Mexico is off to one of its best starts in school history with a 7-3-2 overall mark. The most victories for a UNM team under the direction of head coach Kit Vela is 12. The Lobos went 12-8-1 during the second year of the Vela era and marched their way into the MWC Tournament Championship game. UNM has five matches remaining on the schedule heading into Friday's match with UNLV.
Freshman Alexis Ball snapped a five game scoring streak Sunday in the loss to TCU. Ball had scored five goals in as many games heading into the TCU showdown including four game-winners. The Albuquerque, N.M., native has dominated recently and currently leads UNM with five goals and 11 points. Her offensively production has led to numerous individual awards including being named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2.
UNM has only allowed 11 goals all season and has been a major factor in the Lobos success this season. New Mexico has recorded six shutouts on the year including three in its last four matches. TCU's goal Sunday was the first goal allowed by UNM in 332 minutes dating back to UTEP on Sept. 23, 2007. Junior Shannon Adragna started both conference games last weekend and played 180 minutes. Adragna has a 4-2-2 record and a 0.95 goals against average for the year.
The games will be available via gametracker through www.GoLobos.com. Friday's match will also have live video.