Albuquerque, N.M. --- Everyone might be Howling at the thoughts of the Lobo Howl, and ESPNU, and men's basketball but on Friday night, there is a Lobo sporting event with some pretty big consequences...and it's not taking place at The Pit.
The Lobo women's soccer team, embattled in a first place tie with San Diego State, takes on the Nevada Wolf Pack in a key Mountain West match at 5 p.m. on Friday at the UNM Soccer Complex, well before the teams hit the court at The Pit.
"We are excited for the Lobo Howl. We think it's a great night of entertainment...fans can come out and catch a great soccer match and then head over to The Pit after the match," said Kit Vela. "It makes for a really fun Friday evening.
This Week in UNM Women’s Soccer ... The Lobos host a pair of teams from Nevada. The Lobos will take on Nevada on Friday evening at 5 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex. On Sunday, the Lobos will host UNLV at 1 p.m.
The Lobos are coming off a 1-0 whitewash of Air Force, which pushed the Lobos into a first place tie with San Diego State and Fresno State, although UNM and SDSU have a game in hand. UNM is led by Lindsey Guice, who has four goals, all in conference play, and Dylann O’Connor, who has three goals and two assists. Cassie Ulrich has six shutouts and a 0.90 goals against average.
Nevada is 4-7-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play with wins over San José State and Utah State and losses to Boise State, Fresno State and Colorado State. UNLV is 7-6-2 overall and also 2-3 in conference play. The Rebels have wins over Boise State and Colorado State and losses to Utah State, Fresno State and San José State. UNLV's 19 goals are the second most in the league this season while Nevada keeper Kelsey Quintos leads the MW with an .827 save percentage.
LIVE STATS - UNM’s game this weekend will have live stats courtesy of Statbroadcast, and they are accessible on your mobile phone as well at www.lobostats.com
vs. Nevada - http://statb.us/e/24866
vs. UNLV - http://statb.us/e/24867
LIVE VIDEO STREAM - Both games will be live streamed at GoLobos.com and at www.themw.com/#!/watch-live. A few hours prior to the game, a live notice will appear on the main page of GoLobos with the direct link.
All links are available at GoLobos.com through the women’s soccer schedule.
Lobos vs. Nevada
The Lobos and Nevada have played four times previously, including twice last season. New Mexico leads the all-time series 2-1-1, and 2-0 since both have been in the Mountain West. Last year the Lobos defeated Nevada twice by 1-0 scores, with UNM winning in Reno during the regular season and in San Diego in the semifinals of the conference tournament. The teams also played a two-game series in 2005 and 2006, with Nevada winning at home in 2005 2-0, and then the two teams played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie at the UNM Soccer Complex in 2006.
Lobos vs. UNLV
The meeting on Sunday will be the 20th all-time between the two programs, with the series in favor of UNM 10-8-1. The Lobos lead in Albuquerque 6-3, and UNLV leads in Vegas 3-5. UNM leads 1-0-1 on neutral pitches.
Last year UNLV defeated UNM 2-0 in Las Vegas to end UNM's school-record 17-match conference unbeaten streak (12-0-5). Prior to that UNM had won four straight in the series and had gone 5-0-1 in the last six, although that tie would go to penalties, and UNM would lose that and fail to advance in the 2008 conference tournament.
Thank you Very Much, but We can Take it From Here
Unlike most other ball or puck sports where if you by mistake put it in your own net, the last person to touch the ball or puck gets credit with a goal (see Martin Brodeur...twice), in soccer, it goes down as an "Own Goal". That's exactly what happened on Friday when Dylann O'Connor's cross for Ruth Bruciaga was drilled into the lower right corner of Wyoming's net...by Wyoming.
It marked the first own goal for the Lobos since September 25, 2011, when a New Mexico State defender attempted to head a ball out of trouble, and headed it into her own net for the second goal of a 4-0 Lobo win.
Vela Hits the Century Mark
Kit Vela now has 110 career wins after the win at Air Force, and she is now tied for third in Mountain West history for most overall wins. She has a chance to move into the No. 2 spot this season. Jennifer Rockwood tops the chart as she had 221 for BYU, Marty Buckley had 113 for Air Force, and she just tied Rick Manning who had 110 for Utah.
Nare on the Field as per Usual
Kelli Cornell owns the all-time record for minutes played at UNM with 7,702. The closest current Lobo to that mark is Liz Nare, who has played in 7,164 minutes. Nare is 539 minutes away from passing Cornell, which is six full games. The Lobos have five regular season games left, plus most likely at least one conference tournament game.
While catching her former keeper is now a distinct possibility, against Air Force, she eclipsed the record for minutes played by a field player, which was held by Jayme Dieringer at 7,139. She is now second all-time in minutes played at New Mexico.
Nare this weekend should also move into third place on the all-time career starts list, and sixth in career games played.
Hitting the Offensive Stride
Over the first 10 games of the season, the Lobos scored six goals, including five on set pieces. However, over the last five games, the Lobos have scored nine goals, and none of those off of a set piece, although one was actually an own goal.