Sept. 19, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico women's soccer travels to Seattle, Wash., this week to participate in the Pacific-10/Mountain West Conference Challenge on Sept. 21-22. The Lobos are scheduled to take on Washington State (5-2-1) on Thurs., Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m. and Washington (4-4-0) Friday at 7 p.m. UNM (4-3-0) has momentum heading into the event after a dominating 4-0 victory of UTEP Sunday afternoon. The event will be hosted by Washington and will be held at the Husky Soccer Field.
Thursday, Sept. 21
4:30 p.m. - New Mexico vs. Washington State
7:00 p.m. - No. 23 BYU at Washington
Friday, Sept. 22
4:30 p.m. - No. 23 BYU vs. Washington State
7:00 p.m. - New Mexico at Washington
Lobos Take Both MWC Honors:
New Mexico women's soccer senior Alanna Abeyta and junior Katelyn Ley have been named the Mountain West Conference Defensive and Co-Offensive Players of the Week as announced Monday by the league office. The announcement marks the first-time in school history that the Lobos have received both awards in the same week. Abeyta and Ley are two-year starters for UNM and both receive the honor for the first time.
Katelyn Ley Leads UNM Past UTEP:
Junior Katelyn Ley, a Marine, Minn., native, scored two goals and collected an assist to highlight the Lobos 4-0 victory over UTEP. She tallied the game-winner in the 13th minute and had the first multiple goal game of her career. Ley found the net twice and had an assist in the 63rd minute, after she sent the ball into sophomore Asha Richardson for the header. Ley also helped UNM snap a six-game winning streak for the Miners (7-2-0) and broke the UTEP school record of 568:48 scoreless minutes.
Abeyta Stands Out Against Miners:
Senior Alanna Abeyta, hailing from Albuquerque, N.M. (St. Pius X HS), helped UNM shutout the Miners Sunday and scored her first goal of the season. She played every minute of the match and helped orchestrate a back line that only allowed eight shots.
Richardson Made A Difference:
UNM Sophomore Asha Richardson played 16 minutes against UTEP and made an impact. Richardson came in off the bench in the second half to score her second goal of the year on a header from Katelyn Ley. In the match against the Miners, Richardson took one shot resulting in the goal.
The four goals scored by New Mexico against UTEP on Sunday are the most since Sept. 4, 2004, when the Lobos defeated Texas Tech, 5-0.
Junior Katelyn Ley became only the second player this season to have more than one goal in a match. Senior Kristine Sweat was the first player to record two goals against Oakland earlier this year on Sept. 2.
UNM improved to 4-3-0 with the victory over UTEP. The Lobos also had their second shutout of the year against the Miners. UNM had its first shutout against UC-Irvine on Sept. 4. The victory over UTEP was also the first home win of the year for the Lobos.