Oct. 29, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team closed out the regular season with an even record of 6-6-4 and 3-3-1 in the Mountain West Conference after defeating TCU 1-0 Saturday night at the UNM Soccer Complex.
Junior midfielder Kaela Kelly scored the Lobos' goal in the second half at the 71st minute. Freshman forward Hannah Hand sent in a cross that deflected off a TCU defender that was stationed in the middle of the box. Kelly fought for control of the ball, causing both players to go down. Kelly quickly recovered and shot the ball from 15 yards out to the right of TCU' s goalkeeper to earn her second goal of the season.
The Lobos had most of the offensive control throughout the second half, taking nine shots compared to the Horned Frogs' four. In the first half, both teams were evenly matched, taking three shots each. Overall, UNM outshot TCU 12 to 7.
Tonight's shutout was New Mexico's seventh this season and senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters' sixth, giving her a total of 23 shutouts in her career. Her career shutout total ranks at No. 1 on the all-time list for most career shutouts at UNM.
It is the first time the Lobos have ended the regular season with an even record overall and in conference play. New Mexico's last best record came in head coach Kit Vela's second year in 2002 when UNM finished 12-8-1, 3-2-1 in league play.
The Lobos travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for the MWC Championships Nov. 2-5. The tournament bracket is expected to be released Sunday by the MWC. Visit www.TheMWC.com for all tournament information.
Quotes from head coach Kit Vela: "In coming into tonight's game, we told the team to just give it everything they got and to come out playing with no fear and I think they did. This has been a good season, but what's been great about it is our three seniors have been outstanding. They have been outstanding leaders, outstanding people and outstanding players.
(on the conference tournament): "I look forward to seeing who we're matched up with on Wednesday and we don't care who we play. It could be anybody, so we'll need to be ready no matter what."