Oct. 14, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The University of New Mexico women's soccer team returns to the friendly confines of UNM Soccer Stadium on Oct. 16, take on Utah at 7 p.m. The women's soccer team (7-3-4, 2-1-0 MWC) will team up with The ALS Association New Mexico Partner to "Kick ALS." During the match ALS staff will be auctioning off autographed team jerseys, soccer balls and other fundraising items to raise funds for The ALS Association New Mexico Partner. One Lucky fan will walk away with a pair of Lobo basketball season tickets.
On Oct. 18, the BYU Cougars will pay a visit to Albuquerque. Parking for the BYU match will be free in the Tailgate 2 lot. Both matches should have a significant impact on the Mountain West Conference standings.
HEAD COACH Kit Vela's WEEKLY ADDRESS"I'm really happy to be working with the ALS Association New Mexico Partner and partner up with such a great cause. ALS has a personal affect here at UNM with one of our Lobo family recently being diagnosed with ALS. For the team it is important to give back to the community and this is a great way to do so."
"Conference is always conference and Utah is a really tough team. I'm sure they are very hungry right now and they had two good wins this weekend at home. We are happy to play them here in Albuquerque. This weekend is going to reshape the conference start to clear up the picture for the conference tournament."
LIVE VIDEO AND STATSBoth the Utah and BYU matches will be broadcast live through All-Access at www.GoLobos.com. Media Relations assistant Daniel Archuleta will provide play-by-play and former Lobo women's soccer player Asha Richardson will provide analysis for the broadcast during all Lobo home matches.
Live stats will be kept through Gametracker, which is also available at www.GoLobos.com.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST UTAHThe Utes hold a 9-4-2 all-time series lead over the Lobos. New Mexico battled 27th-ranked Utah to a scoreless double overtime draw on Oct. 21, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Lobos are 2-2-1 in Albuquerque against Utah.
SCOUTING UTAHThe Utes are 6-7-2 on the season and 2-1-0 in MWC play. The Utes are 2-4-1 on the road this season. Utah is lead offensively by Kelly Isleib who has six goals and four assists. Three different keepers have been used this season by Utah with Emalee Rodgers seeing the bulk of the action. Rodgers has a record of 4-7-2 with four shutouts.
SERIES INFOMATION AGAINST BYUThe Cougars hold a 11-3-2 all-time series advantage against the Lobos. The Lobos will be looking for thier first win in Albuquerque against BYU and are 0-4-1 at the UNM Soccer Complex.
TRACKING BYUThe Cougars are 10-5-0 on the season and 3-0-0 in MWC play. All five of the Cougars' losses have come on the road. The Cougars are lead offensively by Lauren Anderson who has scored four goals and has seven assists. McKinzie Olsen has the majority of the time in between the posts for the Cougars and has a 3-3-0 record with four shutouts.
NEW MEXICO BREAKS INTO REGIONAL RANKINGSThe University of New Mexico is currently ranked 14th in the Soccerbuzz.com central region rankings. The Lobos have recieved votes twice this season and have now cracked the top-15 rankings. This is the first time since 1997 that the Lobos have been ranked in the Soccerbuzz.com rankings system.
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ADRAGNA EARNS SECOND MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORNew Mexico senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna has earned her second Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week award Monday as announced by the league office. The Albuquerque, N.M., native posted her sixth and seventh shutouts of the season in back-to-back, 1-0, victories over Air Force on Oct. 10 and Wyoming on Oct. 12. Adragna faced 21 shots over the weekend and did not allow a single goal.
Adragna is the only player in New Mexico women's soccer history to win MWC player of the week honors twice in the same season. Her latest award is Adragna's second in the last three weeks.
Adragna also tailed her sixth and seventh wins on the season and moved into second place all-time with 18 career victories.
THE USUAL SUSPECTSSophomore Alexis Ball and senior Hannah Hand have grown accustomed to having their names show up on box scores. Ball the goal scorer and Hand the assist machine have hooked up for a total of six times in the last two years. The most recent occurrence was on Oct. 10 against Air Force when Ball took a cross from Hand and put away the game-winner in the 32nd minute of the match.
2008 RPI ANNOUNCEDThe Lobos are currently ranked 61st in the country in the current RPI rankings. This seasons schedule has been one of the toughest in school history. New Mexico has seen five teams ranked in top-50 in the RPI ranking, including No.11 UCLA, No. 24 TCU, No. 33 Wisconsin-Milwaukee, No. 44 Denver and No. 46 San Diego. The Lobos will face two more top-100 RPI ranked squads in No. 48 BYU on Oct. 18 and No. 96 San Diego State on Oct. 24. New Mexico has the third best RPI in the MWC behind TCU and BYU.
LEADERS OF THE PACKTwo true freshmen currently lead the Lobos with four goals scored. Jennifer Williams and Zaneta Wyne have both put four balls in the back of the net for the Lobos. With six matches left both are well on pace to pass fellow teammate sophomore Alexis Ball's 2007 total of six goals. Senior Hannah Hand currently leads the Lobos with seven assists. Ball and true freshman Roxie McFarland both have three assists, which is good for second on the team.
LOBOS SCORE MOST GOALS SINCE 2002 AGAINST CENTRAL ARKANSASNew Mexico women's soccer lit up the scored board on Sept. 28 against the Central Arkansas Bears at the 4th Annual High Altitude Tournament. In route to a tournament championship with a 2-0 mark, the Lobos recorded a season-high seven goals and tied a NAU Lumberjack Stadium record for goals scored in a single match. True freshman Zaneta Wyne and sophomore Kate Wyrick each had two goals while redshirt freshman Jordan Craig, sophomores Alexis Ball and Rachel Fields each netted one goal a piece.
NEW MEXICO RANKED SECOND IN ATTENDENCE IN MWCNew Mexico is currently ranked second in the MWC for home attendance. The UNM Soccer Complex is averaging 1,485 fans in the Lobos' six home matches. The biggest crowd of the season saw the Lobos tie the 24th-ranked Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers 1-1 on Sept. 12. In the Lobos six home matches the crowds have been over 2,000 fans twice and over 1,000 four times.
FINDING FIRSTSSeven of New Mexico's 10 goal scorers found the net for the first time in their young careers. True freshmen Jael Fanning, Jennifer Williams, Nicole Reed, Amanda Collins, Zaneta Wyne, redshirt freshman Jordan Craig and sophomore Rachel Fields each have ripped the ball into the back of the net. The first timers have accounted for 64 percent of New Mexico's scoring. Wyne and Williams each have four goals, which is tied for the team lead.
SOPHOMORE SENSATIONAlexis 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 scored a goal and notched an assist in an exhibition against New Mexico Highlands. Ball has started every game to this point and moved in to third place all time at New Mexico with her sixth game-winning goal that she netted against Air Force on Oct. 10.
ASSIST QUEENSenior Hannah Hand is rapidly moving up the UNM all-time assist record for a career. Since coming on in 2005 Hand has 18 assists that ranks her second all-time at UNM. The senior from Los Angeles Calif., recorded her MWC leading eighth assist of the season against Air Force on Oct. 10. Hand is now only five behind Laurie Hegedorn with 18 career assists.
LAST MATCHThe Lobos won a pair of road conference matches over the past weekend with back-to-back, 1-0, wins over Air Force on Oct. 10 and Wyoming on Oct. 12. Sophomore Alexis Ball took a cross from Hannah Hand and headed the ball far post, past the goalkeeper for the 1-0, game-winner against Air Force.
COACH VELA NETS 50th CAREER VICTORYNew 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 53rd win against Central Arkansas by a score of 7-0. Vela's record at UNM is 55-66-24 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 17-22-9.
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.