Sept. 7, 2005
The New Mexico women's soccer team is at home one more weekend before it begins its road schedule as it hosts the UNM Classic Sept. 9-11 at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos (1-1-1) welcome tournament participants Auburn (1-3-0), Syracuse (1-3-0) and Arizona State (2-2-0).
On Friday, New Mexico will take on Auburn at 7 p.m. Friday night is "Stuff the Stadium" with all tickets to the New Mexico-Auburn game going for only $2. The earlier match on Friday will be between Arizona State and Syracuse, starting at 4 p.m. For all ticket information, call 925-LOBO.
The last game of the tournament will be between the Lobos and Syracuse on Sunday at 3 p.m. Auburn and Arizona State will play at 11 a.m.
The Auburn Tigers are 1-3-0 on the season after defeating Rhode Island 3-0 and losing to Rice 2-1, Texas 2-0 and Cal State Fullerton 2-1 (2OT).
In 2004, Auburn captured the SEC West Championship title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. It defeated Clemson in the first round of the national championship and went on to fall to Washington, 1-0, in the second round. The Tigers ended the season with an overall 15-4-2 record.
Auburn returns 14 letterwinners to this year's roster along with seven starters. Top returners for the Tigers are senior defender Ashley Eason, junior defender Ronda Brooks, senior forward Courtney Crandell (third on the 2004 team with five goals and three assists), and senior midfielders Sara Power and Jenny Zarzour.
Newcomer Leah Blayney is a highly prized 2005 signee for Auburn. The freshman midfielder from Wentworth Falls, Australia was the youngest member of the national team at age 17, when she first joined. She has experience in seven international games and joins the Auburn squad with an impressive resume.
Blayney is already the Tigers' leading goal scorer this season with two. Auburn's head coach Karen Hoppa (Central Florida, `91) is in her seventh year with the Tigers. She carries an overall 74-41-8 career record as the head coach for Auburn.
The all-time series between New Mexico and Auburn is even at 1-1. The last time the two teams met was in 2002, UNM head coach Kit Vela's second year with the Lobos. UNM lost that match 2-0 at Auburn. New Mexico's one win over Auburn was in 1996. The score was 3-2.
Web Site: www.auburntigers.com
The Syracuse Orange is 1-3-0 on the season after dropping matches to Fairleigh Dickinson 3-0, Bing 1-0 and Harvard,1-0. The one win came against Hartford, 3-1.
Goal scorers for Syracuse in the game against Hartford were sophomore midfielder Jen Taormina and top returners junior midfielder Molly McManus and junior forward Lauren Jentzen.
The Orange finished the 2004 season with an overall 8-9-2 record and tied for ninth place in the Big East Conference.
Syracuse is coached by second year head coach Patrick Farmer (St. Lawrence, `74).
Syracuse holds a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series history with New Mexico after defeating the Lobos 4-1 in 2001. The game was at Syracuse.
Web Site: www.suathletics.com
LAST WEEK-LOBOS SPLIT IN HOME TOURNAMENT
Last weekend, the Lobos hosted their first of two tournaments of the season. The Nike Classic at the UNM Soccer Complex featured games between Alabama, Akron, Eastern Washington and New Mexico.
On Friday, the Lobos fell to Alabama 1-0. Alabama defender Allison DeLisle had the perfectly placed header off a free kick in the first half to give the Crimson Tide the edge it needed to take the victory all the way.
Despite the loss, head coach Kit Vela thought New Mexico displayed some of the best soccer she has seen. UNM outshot Alabama 22 to 15 and forced their keepers that entered the game to make eight saves compared to only two saves Lobo senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters had to make. Overall, the Lobos proved they have a strong defense and several possible scorers.
The Lobos captured their first win of the season after defeating Eastern Washington on Sunday. Local players Terryn Granados and Bridgette Sanchez both scored to put New Mexico on top. Junior midfielder Kaela Kelly had both assists while sophomore midfielder Katelyn Ley was credited with one assist on Granados' goal.
You got to like their chances after what the Lobos have produced in shots and shots on goal over the last three games.
Against Montana (8/26): In the scoreless shutout against Montana, the Lobos outshot the Grizzlies 16 to 14 and had five shots on goal compared to Montana's three.
Against Alabama (9/2): In the 1-0 loss to Alabama, the Lobos made 22 shots and had eight on goal.
Against Eastern Washington (9/4): In the 2-0 win over EWU, the Lobos had 24 shots and 11 on goal. The 24 shots in Sunday's game against the Eagles beats the Lobos' 2004 season high of 23 shots made in the 5-0 victory over Texas Tech. The 11 shots on goal ties the 2004 season high made in the same game against Texas Tech.
NEW MEXICO AT HOME
For the first time ever, the Lobos women's soccer team is playing at home in the first three weekends of the season.
Last year, the Lobos finished with a 3-3 home record. Their first two home games in 2004 resulted in wins over Portland State and Texas Tech.
Overall, New Mexico is 50-41-9 (.545) at home with head coach Kit Vela recording an overall 9-13-4 record at the UNM Soccer complex in her four years with New Mexico.
A NOD TO THE NEWCOMERS
Freshmen Samantha Bevis, Hannah Hand, Asha Richardson, Tabitha Bunch, Krista Peterson and Kaci Paetz have been representing the 2005 newcomer class very well in the last three games.
Bevis (Lakewood, Colo.) has played in all three games with two starts at defender. She has made several key defensive plays for the Lobos, making her an excellent addition to the back field.
Forwards Hannah Hand (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Asha Richardson (Salt Lake City, Utah) have both come off the bench to provide an extra spark to the Lobos' offense. Through three games, Hand has had three shots on goal while Richardson has made four shots with one on goal.
Bunch (Riverside, Calif.) has made an appearance in two games at the outside back position. She has two shots to her name.
Peterson (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Paetz (San Pedro, Calif.) made their first collegiate appearance in the game against Eastern Washington on Sunday. Peterson entered the game as a defender and Paetz as a midfielder.
Vela was very impressed how the young group came into the game against Eastern Washington. She said all of them never missed a beat out on the field and proved they are capable of coming in for some of the veteran players when needed. Vela said the newcomers performances showed her just how deep the team is this year.
Auburn will have a live radio broadcast of Friday night's game against the Lobos via the internet. To access the broadcast, visit the Auburn women's soccer page at the Auburn athletic web site, Auburn Women's Soccer.