Nov. 12, 2007
University of New Mexico junior forward Chris Wright was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com National Team of the Week and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week today. Wright scored a pair of goals in each of the Lobos' wins over the weekend, leading New Mexico (11-4-1, 6-1-1) back into first place in the MPSF race.
Wright scored twice in UNM's 3-0 win over Sacramento State on Friday night in a span of less than seven minutes. The 6-5 native of Fair Oaks, Calif., knocked in a header off a corner-kick in the 54th minute to give the Lobos a 2-0 lead. He then slipped home another goal in the 61st minute for the 3-0 final margin. On Sunday against San Jose State, Wright twice hit headers into the net in New Mexico's 5-1 win.
Wright now has and MPSF leading 12 goals on the season and leads the league in scoring with 27 points. He is also 11th in the nation in scoring at 1.69 ppg and his 12 strikes on the year are tied for ninth in the nation.
Today's honors mark the second MPSF Player of the Week for Wright this season and the third of his career. It is his first appearance on a national team of the week. Wright has now tallied 20 goals in a Lobo uniform and is tied for seventh all-time at New Mexico with former Lobo and MLS player Edmundo Rodriguez (1991-92).
UNM sits in first place in the MPSF race going into the final weekend of play. The Lobos take on Air Force (4-11-1, 2-6-0 MPSF) on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:00 p.m. (M.S.T.) at the Academy. New Mexico then battles with second place Denver (9-4-3, 5-1-2 MPSF) for the conference title on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1:00 p.m. A Lobo win over Air Force and a Denver tie or loss to UNLV on Friday will lock up the MPSF title for UNM. Otherwise, New Mexico will have to beat the Pioneers on the road to bring home its fourth straight league championship.