Sept. 28, 2004
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team heads to Flagstaff, Ariz. this weekend to face the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks for its last non-conference game of the season on Sunday, October 3. The Lobos (3-6-0) lead 4-1-0 in the all-time series against the Lumberjacks (3-4-1). Match time is set for 1 p.m. (MDT).
Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks (3-4-1, 0-0-0 Big Sky)
Location: Flagstaff, Ariz.
Conference: Big Sky
Head Coach: Andre Luciano (Indiana, `93)
Record at NAU: 18-32-5 (3 years)
Starters Returning/Lost: 9/4
2003 Record: 7-9-3
2003 Conference Record: 4-2-0 (3rd)
UNM vs. NAU: 4-1
Top Goal Scorer Returning: Dani Davis (3 this season)
Top Assists Returning: Stefanie Smith, Tai Powers, Carin Larkin with 1 each this season
Top Goalie Returning: Andrea Berra (1.06 GAA this season)
Notes: The Lumberjacks are coming off a 2-1 loss against Nevada. Like New Mexico, NAU returns with only two seniors at the helm. The rest of NAU's roster is evenly balanced with eight juniors and seven sophomores and freshmen. In their last two games, the Lumberjacks have outshot their opponents by at least five shots with at least five being on goal. NAU is also high in corner kicks. In its last two matches, Northern Arizona has compiled a total of 15 corner kicks. The Lumberjacks have also posted 8 goals through 8 games on the season compared to UNM's 12 goals through 9 games and have only three assists compared to New Mexico's six.
Web Site: www.nauathletics.com
UNM struggled to get back in the win column as it lost both matches while in Missoula, Mont. The Lobos were edged out by Hawaii 1-0 on Friday and fell to the Montana Grizzlies 3-1 on Sunday.
Freshman Katelyn Ley was the lone scorer for New Mexico, capturing her second career-goal in the game against Montana.
UNM's road schedule has been unforgiving so far this season as the Lobos are 0-3-0 against their away opponents and 1-2 in neutral matches. Last season the Lobos finished their regular schedule with a road record of 1-6-2. With four more away games left in the regular season (three conference games), UNM still has an opportunity this year to improve on its road record.
Look At Ley
The majority of UNM's roster is made up of sophomores (14). Kristine Sweat, Brittany Emerson, Alicia Lacovara, Eryn Paetz, Alanna Abeyta, Bridgette Sanchez and Ashley Lowery have played in all nine games this season for the sophomore crew. Sweat and Emerson are at the top of the class list with one goal each with Sweat posting three assists and Emerson with two.
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 eight of nine games this year. Freshman Jordan Johnson has also worked as a key newcomer for the Lobos. She leads the team with three goals, including 2 game-winning goals.
MWC Around The Corner
Mountain West Conference competition is right around the corner for the Lobos. UNM is scheduled to play Air Force for its first conference match at the UNM Soccer Complex on Sunday, October 10. The game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (MDT). New Mexico then hits the road for matches against UNLV at Las Vegas, Nev. on Friday, October 15 and San Diego State at San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, October 17. October 21 and 23 will mark the last two home games of the season for UNM as it plays Utah and BYU at the UNM Soccer Complex. Last road game before the MWC tournament will be in Laramie, Wyo. where the Lobos will face Wyoming for the final conference game of the regular season.
Depth On The Bench
The Lobos certainly added more depth to their roster this season than in years past. UNM head coach Kit Vela bulked up the bench with plenty of young talent. The 2004 Lobo women's soccer team is one of the biggest ever at UNM with 31 players. Vela is also fielding one of the youngest teams in her career at New Mexico. The Lobos feature nine freshman, 14 sophomores, six juniors and two seniors. Vela is pleased with the depth she has seen from the young squad. Since the beginning of the season, 24 of the 31 players have made an appearance on the playing field.
The Lobos are more active offensively this year than last season. New Mexico has already scored 12 goals and is posting 11 assists through nine games. Last year, the Lobos scored a total of nine goals and had six assists on the season.
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.
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).