Aug. 28, 2008
Story by: Amanda Wiley
Lobo Media Relations Assistant
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Not too long ago fireworks were lighting up the Albuquerque skyline. On Friday, you can see fireworks on the soccer field. No need to bring water or alarm the fire department, Lobo fans will want to feel this burn.
Lobo forwards Hannah Hand, Jennifer Williams, Katie McKernan, Jordan Craig and Kate Wyrick are off to a fiery start. These players are no sparklers; they are aggressive and talented with the speed of a bottle rocket. These Lobos will leave you standing in the smoke.
"It's going to be an exciting season. We have some really great players," says head coach Kit Vela, "Jen and Hannah are very, very good, trying to figure each other out, getting into a bit of a rhythm. Katie McKernan brings a different element into the game, sort of a worker bee. Jordan Craig is a lot like Jen, fast, explosive very tenacious."
Williams, the fire starter, "is going to start showing her abilities. She just had to kind of get a feel for the game and a feel for this team, remember that she doesn't have to carry the team, and just be a big part of it," says Vela.
Williams has done a great job showing her abilities. This true freshman firecracker is known for creating positive situations and drives for the offense. As Williams provides a season outlook to the Lobos' firework show, Lobo fans can, "definitely expect to see some creativity between the two of us (Williams and Hand) but passing between the whole team, it's not just the forwards who will be making an impact towards the goal, it is also our midfields," says Williams.
Senior forward and Qwest Athlete of the Week Hannah Hand will enter her senior season with the potential to also create some fireworks. Hand has the potential to join the record book as a leader in career assists. Hand knows, however, just like a fuse needs a match, a goal needs an assist.
"I rely on fellow forwards or anyone else on the team to help me achieve those [assists]. It's not just me. Someone else has to finish it for it to count as an assist, so it's up to them too, not just me."
Although the Hannah Hand firework show may be impressive, it is the team's showing that means the most to her.
"It's the last thing going through my mind. It's not about points or assists."
If Lobo fans are looking for a big bang at the end of the season, Hand is too.
"Playing well and going out with a bang, the five seniors out here, it's our last season. Go big or go home, and the only option in the end is to go home, but we don't want to go home with the same kind of attitude we had last year. It was an unfortunate ending we had so we're coming out with some vengeance this year."
Lobos fans can watch the Lobo women's forwards firework show on Friday as they take on the Baylor Bears at 7:00 p.m. MST at the UNM Soccer Complex.