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Women's Soccer Travels to UCLA for Women's College Cup
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/16/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 16, 2008

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team will hit the road for seven straight matches as they travel the UCLA Women's Cup in Westwood Calif., this weekend. The Lobos (3-1-3) will take on two of the best teams in the nation in 25th ranked San Diego (5-2-0) on Friday, at 8:30 MDT and 2nd-ranked UCLA (5-0-1) on Sunday, at 2:30 MDT. The Lobos have not faced either team since 1994.

The Lobos finished their six-game homestand with a win over Fairleigh Dickinson 5-0 on last Sunday. New Mexico had a record of 3-0-3 in the recent home stand and will look to play hard on the road.

HEAD COACH Kit Vela's WEEKLY ADDRESS

"I think we needed a little morale boost and they got it this weekend. Our record before this weekend was very good but we hadn't been scoring the goals we wanted to. On Sunday, we played a good Fairleigh Dickinson team and we needed to put the chances we were given away and we did a good job scoring goals. I'm hoping we use that to build on for the rest of the season not just this upcoming weekend."

"The University of San Diego is a well known prestigious school with a great women's soccer program. They are good every single year for a variety of reasons. They are a very good team who is athletic and technically sound. We are looking towards that match in the sense that most of our conference is just like San Diego. We are very excited about playing UCLA. We are taking it one game at a time because each game prepares us for the next one."

LIVE AUDIO AND STATS

Both matches against San Diego and UCLA will have Gametracker available for Lobo fans to keep up with the action. The match featuring UCLA and New Mexico will also have live Audio through UCLA's All-Access.

New Mexico vs. San Diego (8:30 p.m. MDT) Click HERE

UCLA vs. New Mexico (2:30 p.m. MDT) CLick HERE

SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST No. 25 SAN DIEGO

The 25th-ranked San Diego Toreros hold a 1-0 advantage over the Lobos with a 5-0 win in 2004.

The Lobos are 6-4-1 all-time against the West Coast Conference.

SCOUTING No. 25 SAN DIEGO

After dropping their first two matches the Toreros have won five straight and are undefeated in the month of Sept. and have an overall record of 5-2-0. The Toreros are lead offensively by Jen Mello who has three goals and one assist for a total of seven points. San Diego won its last match on the road against CSU Bakersfield 3-0. Mello had two goals to lead the way for the Toreros.

SERIES INFORMAION AGAINST No. 1 UCLA

The Lobos lost a heartbreaker 2-1 in overtime to UCLA in Albuquerque in 1994. The Bruins hold the series lead at 1-0.

The Lobos are 9-17-2 all-time against the Pacific-10 conference.

PREVIEWING No. 1 UCLA

The second ranked Bruins are yet to lose a match this season and have given up only one goal all season. The Bruin defense has only allowed 44 shots in six games for an average of 7.3 a match. Offensively the Bruins have had ten different players net goals with twelve players earning at least one point. The offense is lead by Lauren Cheney who has four goals and one assist in only three matches. Three of her four goals have been game-winners. The Bruins have an overall record of 5-0-1 and tied their last match with Brown, Kit Vela's Alma Mater, despite firing off 34 shots compared to Brown's seven.

COACH VELA NETS 50th CAREER VICTORY

New Mexico head women's soccer coach Kit Vela reached a milestone of 50 career wins against Drake on Friday, Sept. 5. The Lobos blanked the Bulldogs 1-0. Vela has become the only women's soccer coach at UNM to reach the 50 win mark. She has since picked up her 51st win against Fairleigh Dickinson by a score of 5-0. Vela's record at UNM is 51-64-23 and has included three straight eight-win seasons. Vela has taken her team to the MWC tournament six out of seven years and have advanced to the MWC Championship game twice in 2002 and 2005. Vela has an overall MWC record of 15-21-9.

During her tenure at UNM, Vela has made remarkable strides in a short period. In 2005, Vela's squad was 2-0-1 against nationally-ranked opponents. Perhaps the biggest win of the season came when the Lobos defeated sixth ranked BYU in Provo 1-0. The Lobos would go on to defeat No. 22 Utah in the MWC tournament. In 2001, Vela's first year, the Lobos had their best conference finish with a mark of 3-2-1.

Vela's first victory came in dramatic fashion as the Lobos took down No. 12 Kentucky 1-0 on Sept. 30, 2001.

HAND AND ADRAGNA EARN MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINATION.

Senior Hannah Hand was credited with four assists in three games against Hawai'i in the UNM Classic and against No. 24 Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Fairleigh Dickinson in the Nike Invitational host by New Mexico. With the four assist Hand moved into second place all-time at New Mexico for career assists with 16. She is only seven behind current leader Laurie Hegedorn Hand also netted her second goal of the season in a 5-0 win over FDU.

Senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna picked up her third shutout of the season and her third win. With the shutout Adragna moves into a tie for second place all-time at New Mexico for career shutouts. Since the first loss of the season Adragna is 3-0-3 in her last six games with a 1.04 goal allowed average in seven games. Adragna went 1-0-2 last week.

OPPONENTS HIT WALL

The defensive back line of seniors Samantha Bevis and Krista Peterson, junior Jess Quador and sophomore Elizabeth Lambert have held opposing teams in check and have taken pressure off of senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna. The Lobos defense is allowing only 9.3 shots per game with an average of 2.6 shots on goal. The New Mexico back line has caused havoc and used their size and aggressiveness to keep opponents at bay.

SOPHOMORE SENSATION

Alexis Ball had a dream freshman season as she lead the Lobo offense with six goals and one assist and is the only all-MWC selection from last year. Ball scored the game winning goal in four games last season which ranks her in a six way tie for sixth place all-time at UNM. Ball was also the MWC player of the week on Oct. 1, 2007 as well as the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week on Oct. 2, 2007. While she had a nose for the net, Ball was no different in the classroom. She received all-MWC Academic Honors. Ball will roam the midfield this year and has already scored a goal and notched an assist in an exhibition against New Mexico Highlands. Ball has started every game to this point and scored the her first goal of the season against Fairleigh Dickinson of Sept. 14.

ASSIST QUEEN

Senior Hannah Hand is rapidly moving up the UNM all-time assist record for a career. Since coming on in 2005 Hand has 16 assists that ranks her second all-time at UNM. Hand is seven behind all-time leader Laurie Hegedorn. Hand could be a major weapon for the Lobo offense this season.

LAST MATCHES

In New Mexico's second match of the Nike Invitational the Lobos disposed of Fairleigh Dickinson 5-0 in their best offensive performance since 2004. The five Lobos' goals are the most since Sept. 4, 2004 against Texas Tech. Sophomore Alexis Ball netted the first goal of the season, which was also the game winner. With the game winning goal Ball moves into a tie for third place all-time at UNM with five game winners. Senior Hannah Hand dished out two assists giving her 16 for her career, moving her in to second place all-time for career assist at New Mexico. Senior Shannon Adragna picked up her third shutout of the season and the 16th of her career. With the shutout of Fairleigh Dickinson Adragna moves in to a tie for second place all-time at UNM.

Against 24th ranked Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sept. 12 in the Nike Invitational, the Lobos picked up their second tie in two matches with a 1-1 decision against the Panthers. Freshman Jennifer Williams picked up her second goal of the season and lead all shooters with nine shots. The Lobos held the nations leading goal scorer to one goal and only six shots.

The Lobos tied the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Champions, the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine 3-3 on Sept. 9, to finish out the UNM Classic. Senior Samantha Bevis put the Lobos on top 1-1 with her first goal of the season off a Hannah Hand cross. The Rainbow Wahine would strike back a little more than a minute later to tie the score at 1-1. At the 65th minute the Rainbow Wahine took a commanding 3-1 lead over the Lobos. In the 78th minute freshman Amanda Collins put the ball in the back of the net for her first goal of the season and put the Lobos in a position to tie the match. In the 87th minute lady luck graced the Lobos with a gift in the form of an own goal by the Rainbow Wahine. Senior Krista Peterson sent a cross into the box that was misplayed by a Hawai'i defender and sent over the head of the keeper which tied the score at 3-3.

LOBOS SELECT CAPTAINS FOR 2008 SEASON

The New Mexico women's soccer team has selected four senior players as captains. Goalkeeper Shannon Adragna, defenders Samantha Bevis, Kaci Paetz and Krista Peterson were selected by their teammates for ability to lead on the field and how to represent the Lobos and the University off of it. The four captains will lead the Lobos in to the 2008 season with energy and excitement.

KEEPING HISTORY

Senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna is on track to leave UNM as the best to play her position. Adragna is currently ranked in the top-five in eight UNM single season and career school records. The product of Albuquerque's Sandia High School, Adragna is ranked first in goals against average with a 1.17 mark since 2004. With the Lobos last win against Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 14, Adragna is tied for second place all-time at UNM in shutouts with 16 and fourth all-time in saves with 138. Her seven shutouts last season was good for fourth best in a single season and her eight wins ranks her fifth.

FRESHMEN A PLENTY

New Mexico welcomes 15 new freshmen to the University in their pursuit of higher learning. The newcomers will don the Cherry and Silver in pursuit of playing time and a collegiate career. The freshmen come from far and wide to play soccer for head coach Kit Vela, with six from right in New Mexico and as far as Adelaide, Australia. Five come from the Calif. while Ariz., Utah, and Texas each have one current lobo on the roster for the Lobos.
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