New Mexico Women's Soccer Set to Kick off Season with Cherry/Silver Exhibition Friday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/14/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 14, 2008

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The University of New Mexico women's soccer team host the first of two home exhibition matches of the season this Friday Aug 15. in the Inaugural Cherry/Silver match at the UNM Soccer Complex at 5:30 p.m. Lobo head coach Kit Vela and her squad will then face New Mexico Highlands in on Saturday Aug 16 at 1 p.m. in preparation for their season opener at Denver on Aug 22. The Lobos home opener is set for Aug. 24 as against Northern Arizona.

The Cherry-Silver intrasquad will serve to not only get the girls some competition but also to fill the remaining open spots in the lineup for the Lobos. On Saturday the Lobos will get a chance to face someone else as Highlands comes to town. The Lobos will play three 30-minute periods with three different groups of lineups.


"Friday is going to be really interesting. We have two really good teams that are going to be able to put the whole game together. We have been building up to the big game field and be able to put it together. We have 22 great players and some other players coming out to show themselves against each other but in a big game situation. It will elevate some of the nerves for future games. We have 15 new players so this will be a good introduction to where we want to go."

"Saturday against Highlands we will play three times thirty so we'll have three different teams start to get the feeling of starting. I'll move some players around to give them an opportunity to get to know their roles a little better with a full 11 and a starting opportunity. It doesn't matter who we are playing on Saturday what we are looking for is three different teams to sort of gather themselves really fast and give us a good thirty minutes."


Both exhibition matches will be available with live video and stats through All-Access on www.GoLobos.com


By kickoff at 5:30 p.m. MT on Friday the temperature will be in the high 80s and partly cloudy with winds coming out the southwest at nine miles per hour. On Saturday the weather will change for the worse. The forecast calls for isolated thunder storms with a 30 percent chance of precipitation all day with temperatures in the low 80s and winds coming out of the southwest at about 10 miles per hour.


Senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna is on track to leave UNM as the best to play her position. Adragna is currently ranked in the top-five in eight UNM single season and career school records. The product of Albuquerque's Sandia High School, Adragna is ranked first in goals against average with a 0.97 mark since 2004. She is also ranked third all-time at UNM in shutouts with 13 and fifth all-time in saves with 121. Her seven shutouts last season was good for fourth best in a single season and her eight wins ranks her fifth.


New Mexico welcomes 15 new freshmen to the University in their pursuit of higher learning. The newcomers will don the Cherry and Silver in pursuit of playing time and a collegiate career. The freshmen come from far and wide to play soccer for head coach Kit Vela, with six from right in New Mexico and as far as Adelaide, Australia. Five come from the Calif. while Ariz., Utah, and Texas each have one current lobo on the roster for the Lobos.
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Women's Soccer
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Friday, August 21
5:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Texas Tech
7:30 PM - 
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vs. Florida State
Sunday, August 23
10:30 AM - 
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at USC vs. Florida State
1:00 PM - 
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vs. Texas Tech
Wednesday, August 26
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Sunday, August 30
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Thursday, September 03
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