Aug. 8, 2007
Albuquerque, N.M. --- New Mexico women's soccer reports Sunday to open preseason camp and begin the grueling task of preparing for a difficult 2007 schedule. UNM will gather for a team meeting in the morning and take the first steps in becoming a team. The Lobos have three weeks to develop and train but the excitement is in the air leading up to the first practice.
"I'm extremely excited about the season and especially when you see all the freshman participating in our camps," said senior Terryn Granados. "There are a lot of nerves but I can't wait to get everyone here and start coming together. This is my final year so I'm excited and sad at the same time. I know we have to put everything on the line and compete hard every game for us to have success."
UNM plays 17 games this year including seven at home on the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos were 8-7-5 last year and are coming of their second consecutive winning season. UNM returns three seniors and a handful of young talented athletes.
"We are the most excited we have been in our seven years," said head coach Kit Vela. "The last two years built us to where we are today. I've heard comments from all over New Mexico about how hard our current players are working. That just shows what this program has done and we have a strong group of freshman coming in. The returning players are taking care of business and have shown great leadership. Its just so exciting and it will be nice finally get into the preseason."
Leading into the first game, UNM will focus on conditioning and building endurance to compete. Multiple drills and workouts will outline the preseason and help develop skills as well as cohesiveness within the team.
"Soccer in general is the hardest sport to prepare for because there are so many elements to develop in such a short period of time," said Vela. "With that said, every training period is important and finally we have a team that can get prepared mentally and physically."
The Lobos open the season against Oklahoma State Aug. 31 in Stillwater, Okla. The match with the Cowgirls is slated for a 7 p.m. start. For more information about UNM women's soccer visit www.GoLobos.com.