Aug. 17, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team defeated Fort Lewis College 3-0 Thursday in an exhibition match at the newly renovated Robertson Training Facility. The Lobos and Skyhawks participated in three, 30 minute scrimmages with both programs focusing on team development. The scrimmage was the first for the Lobos and allowed a variety of players to receive playing time.
"It took us a little while to settle into our game play but that's why you want to scrimmage," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "The result doesn't matter but we wanted to know if we were improving by the end of the game. We had a lot of great opportunities today and played a lot of players. We got a lot of young players on the field today and I was happy with their progress. It was key for us to get quality minutes out of our key players and a lot of people played well. We had three true freshmen in Markee Nobriga, Veronika Strnadova and Paige Collett all play and they were awesome today."
The Lobos dominated the scrimmage despite still working out twice a day. UNM shutout the Skyhawks and managed to find the back of the net three times. The Lobos had a defender, a midfielder and a forward score in the event. Juniors Amber Wetsch and Anna Neu found the net during the second period, while sophomore Hannah Hand had an easy goal in the third.
"I scored my first goal today and it felt good to have my team behind me," said Wetsch. "This really helped us realize where we are as a team and what we need to improve on. We have just over a week before the season opener and we are all looking forward to Canisius College."
UNM will continue to train and prepare for Canisius College to open the season on Aug. 25 in Akron, Ohio. The Lobos have won the last two openers and have started the season on the road nine times in school history. For more information about UNM women's soccer visit www.golobos.com.