Oct. 20, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --The University of New Mexico women's soccer team heads to Southern California to play San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton this weekend. The Lobos (11-3-2, 3-2-0 MWC) are currently in third place in the Mountain West Conference and take on fourth place SDSU (9-3-5, 2-0-2 MWC) Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. MT. The match has been rescheduled to start an hour earlier than previously stated. SDSU is currently unbeaten in its last 10 matches going 6-0-4.
The Lobos will play a non-conference contest with Cal State Fullerton (3-8-4, 1-3-1 Big West) on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. MT.
New Mexico will return home for its final match on Oct. 31 and will face UNLV on Senior Night at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos' departing seniors will be honored for their hard work and dedication to the Lobo women's soccer program. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT.
HEAD COACH Kit Vela's WEEKLY ADDRESS"We are going two play to good teams. San Diego State and Fullerton are very good programs. We are looking forward to learning from our mistakes which I think we did this past weekend."
"We don't look at standings as far as where a win or a loss will put us. We look at the games as, `how are we going to beat our next opponent?' San Diego State is a very good team. I think it's going to be a good game both ways. They have a lot of talent, we've got a lot of talent and I think it's going to be a battle."
"We are excited to have another game in the weekend against Fullerton. We put another quality opponent on our schedule to help us prepare for our conference tournament. Fullerton is a good team, which is well coached. They are another good opponent for us."
LIVE STATS AND LIVE VIDEOThe match against San Diego State will feature live stats through GameTracker on www.GoLobos.com. Sunday's match against Cal State Fullerton will be streamed LIVE through Fullerton's All-Access on www.GoLobos.com.
WEATHER REPORTThe weather in San Diego calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's. The forecast in Fullerton calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the high 70's.
IN THE NCAA RANKINGSThe Lobos' main contributors on offense and defense have not only blazed a trail to the top of the conference ranking's, but have also netted national recognition as well.
Sophomore Jennifer Williams is ranked No. 27 in the nation for her 1.63 points per game average. She also is ranked in a tie for 38th place for goals per game with a 0.64 average.
In only her first season in net for the Lobos, redshirt freshman Kelli Cornell is ranked 32nd in the country for her 0.67 goals-allowed average.
As a team New Mexico is ranked 14th in the nation with a .625 shutout percentage.
IN THE NATIONAL RPIThe Lobos' 11-3-2 record has placed them in the top-75 in the country with 72 RPI ranking. New Mexico has the third-highest RPI in the conference behind No. 11 BYU (27) and San Diego State (47). The Lobos face three teams in the top-100 including BYU, SDSU and Utah (91).
WILLIAMS MOVING UP THE CAREER LADDERSophomore Jennifer Williams is off to a tremendous start. In 16 matches the Moreno Valley, Calif., native has scored 10 goals and dished out six assists for a total of 26 points. Williams also is climbing the ranks of the UNM record book. The game-winner against Utah on Oct. 17 put her in a tie for first place all-time at UNM for game-winners in a season. The game-winner on Oct. 3 against TCU was Williams' seventh game-winner of her career and puts her in third place all-time at UNM. Williams' 26 total points this season, gives her sole possession of fifth place all-time. Her 14 career puts Williams in a tie for sixth place all-time.
CORNELL TIES SCHOOL RECORD FOR SHUTOUTS IN A SEASONRedshirt freshman Kelli Cornell has played beyond her years this season as the Lobos' No. 1 goalkeeper. The San Clemente, Calif., native has posted 10 shutouts in her rookie season and has tied the all-time mark at UNM. Cornell's 10 career shutouts also rank her in a tie for fifth place all-time. Her 11 wins on the season are the third most in school history in a single season. Cornell's 11 career wins rank her sixth all-time at UNM.
NEW MEXICO RANKED SECOND IN ATTENDANCEThe UNM Soccer Complex is the second-hottest destination to watch women's soccer in the Mountain West Conference. New Mexico is averaging 1,523 fans through the turnstiles and has had 12,181 total fans come through the gates. The Lobos rank second behind BYU.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST SAN DIEGO STATENew Mexico trails in the all-time series against SDSU 7-4-6. Last season the Lobos tied the Aztecs 1-1 in double overtime on Oct. 23 in Albuquerque. The Lobos last victory in San Diego was on Oct. 11, 2002 in a 1-0 decision.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATESan Diego State is 9-3-5 on the season and is ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA Pacific Region poll. The Aztecs are unbeaten in their last 10 matches with a record of 6-0-4. SDSU is in fourth place in the MWC standings with a record of 2-0-2. The Aztecs are coached by Mike Friesen (Sonoma State `96), who is in his third year with the Aztecs. Friesen has posted a career record of 24-21-11 in his tenure at SDSU.
The Aztecs are led offensively by junior Cat Walker, who has six goals and three assists for 15 points. Walker is ranked fifth in the conference in points scored and is tied for fourth in goals scored. Walker's three game-winners place her in a tie for second in the MWC for game-winners this season.
In goal for the Aztecs is this week's MWC defensive player of the week, junior Aubree Southwick. Southwick has posted a 9-3-5 record on the season and has earned seven shutouts. Southwick has allowed 18 goals this season and has a 0.99 goals-allowed average. She ranks fifth in the conference in goals-allowed average and third in saves with 60 on the season.
San Diego State returns 16 letterwinners with seven starters from last years squad.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST CAL STATE FULLERTONNew Mexico is tied at 2-2 in the all-time series against Cal State Fullerton. The Lobos dropped a pair of 2-0 losses to the Titans on Sept. 7, 2003 and Sept. 16, 2005. New Mexico won the first two meetings 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 14, 1993 and 3-0 on Oct. 15, 1995.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTONCal State Fullerton is 3-8-4 on the season and 1-3-1 in Big West play. The Titans are coached by Demian Brown (Cal State Fullerton `97), who is in his third year at Fullerton. Brown is 22-27-5 in his tenure at Fullerton.
The Titans are led offensively by Brisa Gonzales, who has two goals and with one game-winner.
In goal for the Titans is Shannon Simpson who is 2-6-3 with three shutouts. Simpson has posted 1.25 goals-allowed average and has allowed 14 goals on the season.
Fullerton has been outscored by its opponents 17-8, on the season.
MOUNTAIN WEST STATISTICSThe Lobos are the top offense in the Mountain West with 75 points scored. New Mexico also leads in assists with 25.
Sophomore Jennifer Williams is at the top of the MWC and is tied for first place with ten goals on the season. Williams is ranked first in points (26), and game-winners (7). She is tied second in assists (6).
Redshirt freshman Kelli Cornell leads the league in shutouts (10) and is second in goals-allowed average (0.67) and is currently ranked third in save percentage (.784)
LAST MATCHESThe Lobos went 1-1 in Mountain West play this weekend. On Oct. 15 the Lobos suffered a 3-0 loss to the No. 11 BYU Cougars in Provo. Sophomore Jennifer Williams led the way for the Lobos with three shots all on frame.
New Mexico picked up its first win in Salt Lake City, with a 1-0 win over Utah. The win was also the Lobos' first win over the Utes since Nov. 3, 2005. In the 53rd minute Williams bent a corner kick inside the near post for her tenth goal of the season.
GOAL PRODUCTIONThis season the Lobos have found the back of the net 25 times. Twelve different players have scored goals including Jennifer Williams (10), Zaneta Wyne (3), Nicole Reed (2), Rachel Fields (2), Alexis Ball (1), Kate Wyrick (1), Jael Fanning (1), Jordan Craig (1), Elizabeth Lambert (1), Shelbie Luna (1), Stephanie Rowe (1) and Jess Quador (1). The Lobos have scored 25 goals and are outscoring their opponents 25-11.
A TRADITION OF WINNINGHead coach Kit Vela is entering her ninth year at the helm of the women's soccer program. Since coming on in 2001, Vela has led the Lobos to the MWC Tournament seven out of eight years and has reached the championship match twice. In 2001 Vela was awarded the MWC Coach of the Year award.
Vela's squads have earned four consecutive winning seasons and are a force to be reckoned with in the MWC. Last season Vela earned her 50th career victory in a 1-0 decision over Drake on Sept. 5. Her first victory came in dramatic fashion as the Lobos stunned then No. 12 Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. on Sept. 30, 2001.
LOBOS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN MWC PRESEASON POLLThe University of New Mexico women's soccer team was picked to finish sixth this season by the conference head coaches. The Lobos were picked to finish sixth last year and ended the season in a tie for fourth place with UNLV. The top six teams at the end of the season get invited to the conference tournament which will be hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah.
SENIORS SHINETwo seniors will wear the Cherry and Silver for the final time. Jess Quador and Veronika Strnadova are the two lone seniors on the Lobo roster. Quador came to UNM as a transfer from Colorado last season. She has become one of the on-field leaders on the backline and of the entire team.
Strnadova has shown the heart of a lion. She has faced adversity in the form of an knee injury before the 2008 season. After a successful surgery, Strnadova was able to make a full recovery and is at 100 percent for her senior season.
WILLIAMS DOES IT AGAINSophomore Jennifer Williams has scored the Lobos first goal of the season for the second season in a row. Williams took a ball from fellow sophomore Nicole Reed and used her speed to fly past the Idaho State backline. After forcing the ISU keeper off her line Williams put the ball in between the keeper and the near post for the score in the 12th minute.
Last season Williams, as a true freshman, took a cross from senior Hannah Hand and headed top shelf for the Lobos first goal of the 2008 season and the first of her very bright career.
BUILDING FOR THE FUTURENew Mexico welcomes 11 incoming freshmen to the squad this fall. Hailing from Southern California are goalkeeper Sydney George, defenders Sinead Fleming and Lauren Irwin, and midfielders Shelbie Luna and Channing Perea. From the Land of Enchantment are midfielders Kelly Angerosa, Ashley Espinoza and Rachel Montoya. From Colorado are midfielders Chandler Guetz and Stephanie Rowe. Out of Utah is utility player Melanie Ward.
The strong group of freshmen all have the talent to see immediate playing time in coach Vela's system. Each new Lobo brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and prior accomplishments.