Women's Soccer: 2002 Team Award Winners Announced
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico womens soccer team has announced its 2002 team award winners at its annual banquet. Senior Michelle Longmire received two honors in Co-MVP of the year and the prestigious Coachs Award. Goalkeeper Kristen Winters also went away with a pair of awards. The sophomore garnered the other half of the MVP award with Longmire and also won Ironwoman of the Year. Co-Defensive Players of the Year went to Clare Pollock and Eryn Paetz, while Marte Dolva won the team's Offensive MVP award.
Longmire, one of the Lobos three captains, was a valuable leader and an asset on the field for UNM this past season. The senior started and played in every game of 2002 (21) and was fourth on the team in points with 10. Longmire was rewarded for her outstanding efforts with recognition on the All-MWC Second Team and earned All-Tournament honors at the MWC Championships in November. Off the field, Longmire excelled as well. She was named to the District IV Verizon Academic All-America Team and was awarded All-MWC Academic Team honors. She currently holds a 3.94 G.P.A in Biology/Political Science.
Ironwoman and Co-MVP winner Kristen Winters had a phenomenal season in net for the Lobos. She recorded a single-season UNM and MWC high 10 shutouts and finished second in the conference with 99 saves. The sophomore played every minute of every game and compiled a 1.46 goals-against average. Winters was awarded Player of the Week on Oct. 14 after earning two shutouts against conference opponents San Diego State and UNLV and was named MWC Goalkeeper of the Year. The Lobos defensive backbone was also named to the All-MWC first team at the conclusion of the season.
At the MWC Championships, Winters was named All-Tournament Goalkeeper for her heroics in the tough games leading up to the championship match againt BYU. Most recently, she was awarded All-MWC Academic honors for her outstanding work off the field, including and 3.57 G.P.A. in Accounting.
The duo of Pollock and Paetz were virtually insurpassable on defense this year. Paetz was one of only two freshmen who started and played in every game this season, while Pollock made appearances in all 21 contests, starting 18. Both Paetz and Pollock solidified the Lobo backfield from their right back and sweeper positions, repectively, and contributed to UNMs success up front. Each players aggressive, attacking style of play proved to pose problems for opposing sides defense.
Pollocks performance off the field also merited recognition, as she was named to the All-MWC Academic Team.
Marte Dolva enjoyed a breakout season in the cherry and silver in 2002. The junior appeared in all 21 games and led all Lobos in scoring (seven goals) and points (18). Dolva also fired a team-high 58 shots and had four game winning goals, two of which were at the MWC Championships in November against Air Force and Utah in quarterfinal and semi-final play. Dolva was named Player of the Week on Sept. 9 and went on to earn All-MWC Second Team and All-Tournament honors. The Geilo, Norway native was recently selected to the All-MWC Academic Team for posting a 3.56 G.P.A. in Criminology.
UNM finished the season with the second-most wins in the history of the program (12) and ended up 12-8-1 overall . The Lobos placed second in the post-season MWC ranks after they advanced to the conference championship game against BYU where they eventually fell, 5-1. )