September 4, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
NIKE CLASSIC TOURNAMENT: The Nike Classic Tournament, hosted by UC-Irvine, is a four team round-robin tournament on Friday and Sunday with Akron and CSU-Fullerton participating along with the Lobos and Anteaters. New Mexico will directly face off against UC-Irvine at 8 p.m. on Friday and CSU-Fullerton at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
"We are playing two outstanding west coast teams," said head coach Kit Vela. "They are both well respected. I know we will give them both a good game."
The Lobos will be going for their first win of the season at the tournament but Vela says it is hard to predict the results ahead of time.
ANTEATERS REVIEW: UC-Irvine goes into the tournament 2-1 after competing in the SOCCER TOWN Classic at Cal State-Fullerton this past weekend. The Anteaters' final game was against Mountain West Conference foe, San Diego State. They beat the Aztecs 4-1 behind the foot of Kim Lloyd who scored two goals. Hayley McNallan and Lauryn Birkinshaw scored one goal a piece.
UC-Irvine was picked fourth in the Big West Conference in the preseason coaches' poll. The Anteaters finished 8-10-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the Big West to finish fourth in the conference. Hayley McNallan led the team with six goals and 15 points on the season. She is currently 10th all-time at UCI with 33 points and ranks eighth all-time with 15 goals. Caroline Kabe had four goals and four assists on the season; she led UCI in assists. Sophomores Lindsay Duke and Kim Lloyd each had three goals in 2002.The Anteaters return All-Big West second-team members seniors Hayley McNallan and Caroline Kabe, along with junior Tara Weldon.
SCOUTING THE TITANS: Cal-State Fullerton opens the Nike Classic Tournament on Friday against Akron before taking on the Lobos Sunday. CSU-Fullerton hosted the SOCCER TOWN Classic this past weekend. The Titans are 1-0 after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson, 2-1 on Monday. Sophomore Marlene Sandoval scored both goals.
Cal State-Fullerton posted a 12-5-1 overall record in 2002 and finished third in the conference with a 6-3 mark in a race which went down to the final few matches. They are led by third-year head coach Ali Khosroshahin, who led the Titans to their first-ever national ranking in 2002 and back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 1995-96. The Titans return 14 letterwinners from last year's team with only two seniors on the roster.
"We have just four upperclassmen returning and 10 sophomores who have just a year under their belt, so gaining experience and learning the system is going to be key to our success this year," Khosroshahin said.