Lobos Take On San Diego State In First Round Of MWC Women's Soccer Tournament
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/01/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 1, 2004

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What's Happening

The University of New Mexico women's soccer team begins postseason play this week as the sixth seed in the 2004 Mountain West Conference Tournament. New Mexico (5-11-0; 1-5 MWC) will face No. 3 seed San Diego State (6-7-5; 3-1-2 MWC), at 4:30 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at South Stadium on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Earlier in the season, the Lobos fell 1-0 in their first overtime of the regular schedule to SDSU on Oct. 17 in San Diego, Calif. The winner of the UNM-SDSU match will face the winner of the game between the second seed, BYU, and the seventh seed, Air Force, which will be played Wednesday night at 7 p.m. (MST).

New Mexico In The PostSeason

Since starting play in the Western Athletic Conference in 1995, UNM is a combined 4-8 in conference postseason play, including a 3-5 mark in five Mountain West Conference Tournament appearances. This year's MWC Tournament will be the fourth time UNM has headed into the championships under the guidance of New Mexico head coach Kit Vela and assistant coach Jorge Vela. The Lobos' best postseason performance under the Velas' came in 2002 when they made it to the championship round after defeating Air Force 1-0 in the quarterfinals and Utah 1-0 in the semifinals. UNM fell to BYU 5-1 in the final conference round. Last year, sixth-seeded New Mexico advanced to the semifinal round after a 2-1 upset over the, third seed Wyoming in overtime. The Lobos met up with No. 2 seed BYU in the semifinal round and lost a close 3-2 match to the Cougars. The following is UNM's game-by-game results in conference postseason matches:

1995 WAC Tournament - Semifinal (Nov. 2): Defeated BYU 3-1 (San Diego, Calif.)
1995 WAC Tournament - Final (Nov. 4) Lost to San Diego State 2-1 (San Diego, Calif.)

1996 WAC Tournament - First Round (Nov. 7): Lost to San Jose State 2-0 (San Jose, Calif.)

1997 WAC Tournament - First Round (Nov. 5): Lost to San Jose State (San Jose, Calif.)

1999 MWC Tournament - First Round (Nov. 3): Lost to Utah 4-2 (San Diego, Calif.)

2000 MWC Tournament - First Round (Nov. 1): Lost to San Diego State 3-0 (Las Vegas, Nev.)


2001 MWC Tournament - First Round (Nov. 7): Lost to Air Force 2-1 (Las Vegas, Nev.)

2002 MWC Tournament - First Round (Nov. 6): Defeated Air Force 1-0 (Provo, Utah)
2002 MWC Tournament - Semifinal (Nov. 7): Defeated Utah 1-0 (Provo, Utah)
2002 MWC Tournament - Championship (Nov. 9): Lost to BYU 5-1 (Provo, Utah)

2003 MWC Tournament - First Round (Nov. 5): Defeated Wyoming 2-1(OT) (Salt Lake City, Utah)
2003 MWC Tournament - Semifinal (Nov. 6): Lost to BYU 3-2 (Salt Lake City, Utah)

MWC Tournament Bracket

UNLV claimed its first regular-season MWC women's soccer title with a 3-0 win over San Diego State on Saturday, Oct. 30. The victory over the Aztecs earned the Rebels (12-3-2, 5-1-0 MWC) the No. 1 seed in this week's conference championships and a first round bye.

SDSU and BYU tied for second-place in the conference with 3-1-2 records. The Cougars (7-9-4 overall) will get the second seed after earning the tie break advantage duo to goal differential in MWC matches. SDSU (6-7-5 overall) claimed the third seed, while Utah (11-5-2, 3-2-1 MWC) earned the fourth seed. Wyoming (9-6-4, 3-3-0 MWC) is the fifth seed, New Mexico (5-11-0, 1-5-0 MWC) is the sixth seed, and Air Force received the seventh seed.


(all times are Mountain Standard Time and are subject to change)


Game 1- No. 4 Utah vs. No. 5 Wyoming, 2 p.m.

Game 2 - No. 3 San Diego State vs. No. 6 New Mexico, 4:30 p.m.

Game 3 - No. 2 BYU vs. No. 7 Air Force, 7 p.m.

* UNLV receives a first round bye


Game 4 - No. 1 UNLV vs. Game 1 Winner, 4:30 p.m.

Game 5 - Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner, 7 p.m.


Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 11 a.m.

Oct. 17 Recap/SDSU Notes

New Mexico was defeated by San Diego State earlier this fall on Oct. 17, falling to the Aztecs 1-0 in its first overtime of the season in San Diego, Calif. In both halves of the game, each team had few opportunities open for scoring. UNM goalkeeper Kristen Winters had five saves in the game.

At the 93rd minute SDSU's Jen Klunder scored the game-winning goal for the Aztecs. Ashley Cooper and Lisa Nielsen each had an assist.

• SDSU has a 9-6 record in seven conference tournament appearances, including a 3-5 mark in Mountain West Conference Tournaments.

• The Aztecs have won two Western Athletic Conference Championships. One in 1995 when they defeated the Lobos 2-1 in the final round and in 1998 when they defeated BYU 2-1 in overtime for the tournament win.

• In MWC Tournaments, SDSU has advanced as far as the semifinals in three of five appearances (1999, 2000 and 2002). The Aztecs have lost in the first round in two of their appearances at the MWC Championships, including last year's tournament where they were taken out by UNLV.

• This will be the third time the Aztecs and Lobos have met in postseason action. In 1995 the two met in the final round at the WAC Tournament, Aztecs won 2-1 and most recently in 2000 when SDSU defeated New Mexico 3-0 in the first round.

Last Week (vs. Wyoming)

The University of New Mexico women's soccer team dropped its final regular season game, losing 5-1 at Wyoming on Saturday afternoon. UNM senior Coco D'Angelo scored her third goal of the season off a pass from freshman Katelyn Ley to cut the Wyoming lead to 2-1 15 minutes into the second half, but the Cowgirls countered with three goals in the final 10 minutes of play as the Lobos pressed forward looking for the equalizer. New Mexico fell to 5-11-0 on the year while Wyoming improved to 10-5-4.

Wyoming got on the board early in the match when Mari Gomes added her eighth goal of the year at the 25:47 mark. The Cowgirls pushed its lead to 2-0 on Lindsey Vossbrink's goal at the 68th minute. D'Angelo's third goal of the season gave New Mexico some momentum in the second half before Wyoming's Melissa Bowman scored back to back goals at the 84:31 and 85:48 minute marks. Vossbrink came back for her second goal of the day with 2 minutes left in regulation to cap the scoring.

In a match that was much closer than the score indicated, both teams had a relatively equal amount of scoring chances. Wyoming outshot the Lobos 13-12 and had 2 corner kicks compared to UNM's one. New Mexico goalkeeper Kristen Winters made five saves in 90 minutes of play while Wyoming's Ashley Sheppard had seven saves.

UNM Quick Hits

As the 2004 season winds down, there are several notable facts to call attention to .Here is a quick look back at some of UNM's highlights of 2004.

• UNM opened its season with a win for the first time in four years after defeating Cincinnati 2-0.

• New Mexico's 5-0 victory over Texas Tech (9/24) marked the biggest home win for New Mexico since 1994. It was also the highest scoring game for UNM since 2002.

• After its first four games of the season, New Mexico was 3-1 on the season which was the best start for UNM since 1997 when the Lobos went 4-0 in the start of their season.

• The Lobos scored nine goals through six games this season. Last season's team didn't score its ninth goal until the 19th game.

• The 2004 Lobo squad is one of the biggest ever at UNM with 31 players. It is also one of the youngest teams with nine freshman, 14 sophomores, six juniors and two seniors.

• The 2004 roster features 13 players from the state of New Mexico which is the most ever that any Lobo women's soccer team has fielded. The 1999 team comes the closest with 11 locals on the roster.

• Every New Mexico starting lineup this season has included at least seven underclassman.

• Three Lobos share the top spot for most goals on the season. Freshmen Katelyn Ley and Jordan Johnson and senior Coco D'Angelo each have three goals. Sophomore Kristine Sweat leads the team with four assists.

• New Mexico has three shutouts on the season. Since the arrival of Kit and Jorge Vela in 2001, New Mexico has averaged 6.3 shutouts a year. In the three years before the Vela's, UNM was only averaging 3.3 a year.

• UNM goalkeeper Kristen Winters has been an undeniable force between the posts for New Mexico. She has started in all 16 games of the regular season, bringing her to 1,418:48 minutes. In the win over Air Force on Oct. 10, Winters broke the record for most career wins at UNM with 20. She is also one shutout shy of tying the all-time shutout record of 18 set by former Lobo Melissa Liston.

2004 MWC Tournament GameTracker

The Mountain West Conference will have GameTracker on its web site at www.themwc.com. Here fans can follow the championship with Live Stats, along with box scores and recaps of each match.

Monday, August 17
7:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Fort Lewis (exhibition)
Friday, August 21
5:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Texas Tech
7:30 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Florida State
Sunday, August 23
10:30 AM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Florida State
1:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Texas Tech
Wednesday, August 26
6:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at New Mexico State
Sunday, August 30
1:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at Colorado