Oct. 5, 2004
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team kicks off the Mountain West Conference portion of its regular season at the UNM Soccer Complex this Sunday, October 10 as it takes on Air Force at 11 a.m. (MDT).
The Lobos are heading into conference play after defeating Northern Arizona last weekend, 1-0.
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Marty Buckley (Chico State, `78)
Record at Air Force: 97-126-10 (12 years)
Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
2003 Record: 7-11-1
2003 Conference Record: 1-5-0 (7th)
UNM vs. AFA: 4-6
Top Goal Scorer Returning: Meredith Benson (3 this season)
Top Assists Returning: Brittany Perkowski (3 this season)
Top Goalie Returning: Freshman Jennifer Drew (1.52 GAA this season)
Notes: Air Force enters MWC competition after tying 1-1 with UC Davis and losing to UC Riverside, 3-2 over the weekend. Before tying with UC Davis, the Falcons were on a four game losing streak. Last year, the Lobos lost to Air Force at Colorado, 2-0 in regular season competition. The two teams never met at the 2003 conference tournament. Air Force has scored a total of 10 goals this season and is only ahead of its opponents in saves (54-47). Air Force's roster features 27 underclassman (freshman and sophomores) and seven upperclassman (juniors and seniors).
Web Site: www.airforcesports.com
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team broke through its five game losing streak as it defeated the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 1-0 last Sunday.
Freshman Katelyn Ley stepped up for the Lobos, scoring at the 67th minute with a kick from 25 yards out.
The game against NAU marked the end of non-conference play for UNM this season.
Moving On Up
The Lobos are more active offensively this year than last season. New Mexico has already scored 13 goals and is posting 11 assists through 10 games. Last year, the Lobos scored a total of nine goals and had six assists on the season.
With the win over NAU, the Lobos have already surpassed 2003's team win record of three victories and are entering conference play with a stronger record than last season. In 2003, UNM had only one win going into MWC competition.
The 2004 Lobos are averaging 1.33 goals a game compared to last year's team who only averaged 0.5 a match. The most goals UNM scored in one game this season was in the home match vs. Texas Tech. New Mexico scored a total of five goals for the win, the most ever in one game since 1997.
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.
This season the Lobos have captured three shutouts. For their season opener UNM shutout Cincinnati 2-0, making it the first time in four years for New Mexico to win its season opener. The second shutout came at home with a 5-0 victory over Texas Tech, making it the biggest home win for the Lobos since 1994 and the third came last weekend against Northern Arizona, 1-0.
New Mexico has produced several talented goalkeepers in Melissa Liston, Shelly Hammock and current UNM goalkeeper Kristen Winters. Liston was the first Lobo to play in the WUSA. Under the guidance of Jorge Vela, two Lobo goalkeepers have been named Mountain West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year (Hammock, 2001 and Winters, 2002). This season, Winters will look to receive the title again.
MWC Player Of The Week Nominees
Ley proved once again that she is indeed an up-and-coming freshman stand-out for the Lobos this year. Her goal against NAU pushed her to the top of the list for most goals on the season with three and it marked her first game-winning goal this year. The Minnesota native is also in the lead with 20 shots and 11 on goal.
Winters is well on her way to tying for the lead in all-time shutouts at UNM. The 1-0 shutout over NAU marked Winters' second shutout of the season and 17th career. She needs only one more to share the top spot with Melissa Liston. Winters is also one game away from tying the all-time record for most wins of 19.
The veteran goalkeeper had a great game against the Lumberjacks by making two saves and keeping her composure after being knocked down by a NAU player.
In the three years that Kit Vela has been the head coach for the UNM women's soccer team, the Lobos have compiled a 7-8-3 record in regular season conference match-ups.
In MWC tournament competition, the Lobos have compiled a 3-3 record under coach Vela.
Every New Mexico starting lineup this season has included at least seven underclassman. Katelyn Ley and Anna Neu have the most starts for the freshman class, starting in nine of 10 games this year. Freshman Jordan Johnson has also worked as a key newcomer for the Lobos. She is tied for the lead with three goals, including 2 game-winning goals.
The 2004 University of New Mexico women's soccer team 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. This season eight players come from Albuquerque (Alanna Abeyta, Shannon Adragna, Erica Freese, Terryn Granados, Gina Martello, Samantha Sullivan, Kim Tebo and Amber Wetsch), two from Edgewood (Alicia Lacovara and Brigita Lacovara), one from Belen (LeAnne Hendren), one from Los Alamos (Kim Melton) and one from Rio Rancho (Bridgette Sanchez).
Gametracker will be available for the UNM vs. Air Force match on Sunday, October 10. Look for the Gametracker link on the main page of golobos.com in the schedule box.