Women's Soccer Kicks Off MWC Play This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/07/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 7, 2003

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UPCOMING GAMES: The New Mexico women's soccer teams kicks off conference play this Thursday, Oct. 9 at BYU before taking on Utah Saturday, Oct. 11. The game in Provo, Utah will being at 6 p.m. while the game in Salt Lake City, Utah will start at 2 p.m.

BYU is currently the second best school in the conference with its 8-3-1 record. BYU is solid throughout their lineup and control the flow of the game against most of their opponents. The Cougars play pretty consistant for the entire game with their first have stats extremely similar to their second half stats.

The Cougars have scored more goals and attempted more shots than twice their opponents. They have scored 24 goals on 201 shots while their opponents have scored 10 goals on 100 shots. The Lobos have scored three goals on 83 shots so far.

Utah, ranked 19th in the NSCAA/adidas poll, is the top team in the conference right now with its 9-2 record and .818 win percentage. They are strong in every spot on the field and generally dominate most of their opponents.

Offensively, the Utes have scored 21 goals on 155 shots. They have also had 22 assists this season. They have limited their opponents to eight goals on 91 shots.

BYU (8-3-1): The Cougars are on a two-game win streak with their most recent win being the 2-1 upset of No. 14 USC.

BYU is led by a trio of forward/midfielders in seniors Aleisha Rose and Lydia Ojuka and sophomore Jaime Rendich. Rendich leads the team in total points with 13 due to her four goals and five assists. Rose has a team leading eight assists along with her two goals scored for the team's second best 12 points. Ojuka is tied with Rendich for the most goals scored with four and comes in third with 10 points. She also has two assists.

Defensively, a tandem of sophomores and one junior has shared time in the net for the Cougars.

Sophomore Ashley Smith has spent a majority of the time in goal, playing 782:20 minutes. In that time she has allowed seven goals and made 18 saves. Her goals-against-average is 0.81 while her save percentage is .720.

Sophomore Natalie Evans has been in the goal 266:22 minutes for BYU. She has allowed three goals and made 11 saves. Evans' GAA is 1.01 and her save percentage is .786.

Junior Amanda Gott, playing 73:23 minutes in goal, has allowed no goals and made three saves.

Cougars Quick Facts
Location: Provo, Utah
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Jennifer Rockwood (BYU '89)
Record at BYU: 142-39-3 (Eight Years)
Career Record: Same
Assistant Coaches: Chris Watkins (BYU, 1993); Brian Jolley (BYU, 1998)
2002 Record: 16-6-0
2002 Conference Record/Finish: 6-0/1st
UNM vs.BYU: 2-7-1
Web Site: www.byucougars.com

UTAH (9-2): The Utes, ranked 19th in the NSCAA/adidas poll, ended a seven-game winning streak with the 1-0 loss at Sacramento State. They defeated Saint Mary's on Friday, 2-0 before the Lobos faced the Gaels on Sunday.

Utah has earned its ranking with two huge wins over ranked opponents. The Utes downed then-ranked No. 17 Michigan, 4-1. They upset No. 2 Florida , 1-0.

Utah is led offensively by junior forward Lauren Field. In eight games playes, she has a team leading five goals scored. Field is tied with senior forward Missy Dennis with total points at 11. Dennis has three goals scored with five assists.

Right behind them are senior midfielder Amber Brower and sophomore forward Carisse Winegar. Both women have earned 10 points this season. Brower has four goals and two assists while Winegar has three goals and four assists.

Freshmen Ashley Mason and Kaycie Zimmerman have split time in the goal for the Utes. Mason has played 564:21, allowing only three goals for a GAA of 0.48. She has also made 30 saves for a percentage of .909. Her record is 6-1 with two shutouts. Zimmerman has spent 437:12 minutes in the net, allowing only five goals for a GAA of 1.03. She has made 12 saves for a percentage of .706. Her record is 3-1 with one shutout.

Utes Quick Facts Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Conference: Mountain West
Head Coach: Rich Manning (Santa Clara '86)
Record at Utah: 13-4-3(One Year)
Career Record: Same
Assistant Coaches: Gabriel Bolton (UC Davis '94); Laurel Simpson-Roderick (BYU '99)
Starters Returning/Lost: 6/6
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 14/8
2002 Record: 13-4-3
2002 Conference Record/Finish: 4-1-1 (2nd)
UNM vs. Utah: 3-4-1
Web Site: www.UtahUtes.com

LOBOS LAST TIME OUT - The New Mexico women's soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with Saint Mary's College of California Sunday at Garaventa Field. The Lobos held the lead until the 80th minute when the Gaels scored.

The Lobos got the scoring started at the 28:57 minute mark when junior midfielder Rachael Addison fired in a shot off a feed from freshman Amy Nelson. It was the Lobos only shot of the game.

Saint Mary's fired nine shots in the first half but came up empty. The Gael's fired seven shots in the second and it appeared the Lobos were going to sneak away with the 1-0 win.

Saint Mary's got a lucky break that allowed them to tie the game in the 80th minute. Lucianne Crenshaw placed a corner kick to Jen Belzer who deflected the ball towards the goal. The referee called that New Mexico sophomore Nicole McCarty saved the goal by using her hands. In fact, McCarty actually chested the ball down to her feet but then slipped in the crowded box, falling on the ball. Unfortunately, the refs did not have a clear view of the play. They gave McCarty a red card and awarded a penalty kick to the Gaels. Saint Mary's Chelsea Montero converted on the penalty kick.

The Lobos battled hard for the final 30 minutes, playing with only 10 women due to the red card.

Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters made 10 saves on 24 shots. The Gaels outshot the Lobos 24-1. Saint Mary's attempted 11 corner kicks while New Mexico had none.

With the tie, New Mexico moves to 1-5-3 on the season while Saint Mary's stands at 3-6-1.

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