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UNM Women's Soccer Travels to Virginia This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/13/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 13, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's soccer travels to Charlottesville, Va., this weekend to participate in the University of Virginia Soccer Tournament. The Lobos are scheduled to face Arizona Friday at 2:30 p.m. MT and conclude the event Sunday at 9 a.m. MT against Colorado. UNM has a three-game winning streak heading into the weekend and could match the schools longest win streak of five with two victories. The matches in Virginia will be available via gametracker through www.GoLobos.com.

UNM Goes Undefeated at Nike Classic - The Lobos went 2-0 last weekend in the Nike Classic and extended their winning streak to three games. UNM beat Long Island, 2-0, Friday night in the home opener and downed Utah Valley State Saturday, 3-1.

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.

Series Information - Friday marks the fourth year anniversary of the only previous meeting between UNM and Colorado. The Buffaloes defeated the Lobos, 1-0, in Albuquerque on Sept. 14, 2003. However, UNM and Arizona have battled seven times throughout the years. The Lobos trail in the series with the Wildcats, 3-2-2, but tied Arizona 1-1 in the last meeting during the 2005 season.

Lobos Streaking - The Lobos are on a three-game winning streak heading into this weekend. This marks ties the second longest winning streak in the Vela era and is 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. Last weekend, freshmen Kate Wyrick and Jennifer Nielsen scored goals to help the Lobos down Utah Valley State. 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 two shutouts this season including Friday night's 2-0 win over Long Island. The Lobos has 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 two games and played well through this point.

Lobos Split In Opening Weekend - New Mexico split a pair of games last weekend to open the 2007 season. The Lobos hit the road to Oklahoma to battle the nationally-ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls and Tulsa. UNM dropped an overtime heartbreaker to OSU Friday night after holding the Cowgirls scoreless for 82 minutes. The Lobos rebounded to dominate Tulsa Sunday in a 2-0 victory. On the weekend, UNM had three different players record goals and received stellar play defensively. Goalkeepers Shannon Adragan and Kiani Wong both made starts and played well in their first action of the year.

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 will be 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 goals scored (8), Shots (78), points (22) and assists (6). UNM has had six different players score at least one goal and are led by junior forward Hannah Hand. Hand had two goals last weekend and an assist to lift UNM to back-to-back victories.

Non-Conference Schedule - The Lobos have six non-conference games remaining on the schedule including this weekend's games against Colorado and Arizona. Next week, UNM travels to El Paso, Texas for the UTEP Tournament and plays its next home game on Sept. 25 against Arizona State. 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.

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