Lobos Geared For UTEP Shootout This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/19/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 19, 2007

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's soccer travels to El Paso, Texas this weekend to take part in the 2007 UTEP Shootout. The Lobos are schedule to play North Dakota State Friday at 3 p.m. and UTEP Sunday at 2 p.m. UNM is 3-2-1 overall and has won three of its last five matches. The Lobos have never faced NDSU but have however battled the Miners on eight occasions. UNM trails the all-time series with UTEP, 5-3.

The Lobos are coming off a scoreless draw against No. 18 Colorado last weekend at the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic. Sophomore Markee Nobriga scored her first goal of the year in the tournament and became the eighth Lobo to find the net this season.

Nationally-Ranked Opponents - The Lobos have played six games this season with three coming against nationally-ranked opponents. Last weekend, UNM took on No. 25 Arizona and No. 18 Colorado. The Lobos opened the season in Stillwater, Okla., against the No. 20 Oklahoma State. UNM is 0-2-1 against Top 25 teams but have forced overtime on two occasions.

Hannah Hand Named MWC Player of the Week - UNM women's soccer player Hannah Hand was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10. Hand, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., scored two goals and recorded an assist in leading the Lobos to back-to-back wins. She earned the assist to teammate Anna Neu Friday night for the game-winner and scored the second goal against Long Island to secure the win. Hand responded with her second goal of the weekend against Utah Valley State in the 66th minute. The forward lined a free kick into the net from 25 yards out. Hand and the Lobos are now 3-1 overall and have a three-match winning streak heading into the weekend.

Lobos Snap Winning Streak - The Lobos snapped a three-game winning streak last weekend with a 4-1 loss to No. 25 Arizona. The streak tied for the second longest winning streak in the Vela era and was one win shy of the 2005 streak of four consecutive wins. UNM's longest winning streak is five games set in 1993 and repeated again in 1996.

New Faces - UNM has 11 newcomers on the roster this season including 10 freshmen. Freshmen Kate Wyrick and Jennifer Nielsen scored goals to help the Lobos down Utah Valley State on Sept. 8. UNM head coach Kit Vela has played as many as four freshmen at one time with two starting every match.

Lobo Defense - The New Mexico defense has recorded three shutouts this season including Sunday's scoreless draw with No. 18 Colorado in Virginia. The Lobos have two returning starters in senior Amber Wetsch and junior Krista Peterson and have received stellar play from junior Samantha Bevis and redshirt freshman Megan Bodenheimer. UNM has had a great rotation in goal this year with All-MWC selection Shannon Adragna back for her junior season and sophomore Kiani Wong. Both keepers have started at least two games and played well through this point. Adragna started both games in Virginia last weekend.

Senior Leadership - The Lobos return three seniors including Amber Wetsch, Terryn Granados and Anna Neu. The class has been instrumental in building the UNM program and has been key in back-to-back winning seasons for the Lobos. The class entered college in the fall of 2004 and has elevated the expectation level for the New Mexico women's soccer program. Their influence has been critical this fall.

Program on the Rise - New Mexico finished 8-7-5 last year and concluded its first back-to-back winning seasons since the 1996-97 years. The Lobos have won at least eight matches the previous two years and reached the Mountain West Conference Championship. Last year, UNM reached the semifinals of the MWC Championship after advancing past San Diego State in the first round on penalty kicks.

UNM Ranks Among The Best In MWC - New Mexico leads the MWC in shots with 103 and ranks second in points (26), goals (9) and assists (8). UNM has had eight different players score at least one goal and are led by junior forward Hannah Hand. The Lobos have fired nearly double the shots as their opponents, 103-59.

Non-Conference Schedule - The Lobos have four non-conference games remaining on the schedule including this weekend's games against North Dakota State and UTEP. Next week, UNM plays its final non-conference home game on Sept. 25 against Arizona State at 7 p.m.. The final non-conference match is Sept. 30 at Northern Arizona.

Lobos Online - The University of New Mexico women's soccer program is proud to announce that all home games will be available online via All-Access on www.GoLobos.com. The broadcasts will feature a play-by-play broadcaster as well as color analysis. This season marks the first in school history that all seven home games will be available with live audio and video. Along with All-Access, the UNM soccer games are available through gametracker

Monday, August 17
7:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Fort Lewis (exhibition)
Friday, August 21
5:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Texas Tech
7:30 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Florida State
Sunday, August 23
10:30 AM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Florida State
1:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Texas Tech
Wednesday, August 26
6:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at New Mexico State