Women's Soccer: Weekly Notes
UP THIS WEEK The Lobos travel to Alabama for a two-game series against Auburn on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Troy State on Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. The last time the Lobos met up with Auburn in 1996, New Mexico went away with a 3-2 win in Minneapolis, Minn. Sept. 29 will be the first time the Lobos and Lady Trojans have met in program histories.
LAST WEEK AT THE PROREHAB ACES SOCCER CLASSIC IN EVANSVILLE, INDIANA
Thurs. Sept. 19 UNM vs. Oakland: W, 1-0 Goals Scored:
43:50 Erchen Theys Unassisted
Sat. Sept. 21 UNM vs. Evansville: W, 3-2 Goals Scored:
38:12- Laura Hafner Assist: Abbie Partch
53:42- Marte Dolva Unassisted
72:04- Erchen Theys Assist: Abbie Partch
AUBURN TIGERS (7-1-0)
Conference: SEC UNM-Auburn Series Record: UNM leads 1-0 Current Top-25 Ranking: No.15 (Soccer Buzz) www.auburntigers.com
TO DATE Auburn is off to one of the best starts in the nation. The Tigers are currently 7-1, recording a 2-1 loss at Rhode Island on Sept. 20. Before the 20th, AU beat a succession of teams including West Virginia (2-0), Evansville (3-1), Furman (2-0), UAB (3-0), Middle Tennessee St. (5-0) and South Alabama (4-0). The Tigers have amassed a 26-5 scoring margin and have outshot opponents 127-64.
TRACKING THE TIGERS Tiger scoring has not been limited to only a handful of players this year, as seven Auburn players have gathered eight points or more. Sophomore forward Chrissy Culver is currently leading the Tigers off of five goals and two assists (twelve points). Culver netted her most recent goals (2) in Auburns 6-2 routing of UMass on Sept. 22. Auburns goalkeeping duties have been assigned to sophomore standout Megan Rivera, who was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 World Championships. Rivera has started and played in six Tiger games, producing a 0.55 goals-against average.
2001 POST-SEASON The Tigers finished up the season sharing the SEC Western Division title with Mississipppi State. Auburn made it is far as the SEC Championship match before losing 2-1 to No.10 Florida. The team earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament but lost to No. 16 Florida State in the first round.
TROY STATE LADY TROJANS (1-6, 0-3 A-Sun)
Conference: Atlantic Sun UNM- Troy State Series Record: First meeting www.troyst.edu/athletics
TO DATE The Lady Trojans have conceded six straight losses. The first and only win of the season came for TSU on Aug. 31 when it downed Spring Hill 4-0. Since then, TSU has been defeated by Gardner Webb (1-0), Western Carolina (3-0), Tennessee-Chattanooga (2-1), Jacksonville St. (4-0), Samford (3-1) and LSU (7-0). The Lady Trojans have yielded 20 goals and managed six, while being outshot 136-49.
TRACKING THE TROJANS Although TSU scoring has been limited, junior defender Lori McClendon leads the Lady Trojan charts with four points on two goals. Sophomore defender Erin Doud has notched two points on a goal and has also recorded a team high 13 shots. Netminding for TSU has been split between sophomore Casey Wiegley and junior Hanna Haile. The two have combined for 59 saves, with Wiegley holding the better goals-against-average at 1.60.
2001 SEASON The Lady Trojans compiled an 11-8 record last year and set a school record for victories. The team has never accomplished more than three wins in a season throughout the five years of its existence. TSU finished seventh in the Atlantic Sun (4-6), its best showing yet.
LEADERS OF THE PACK
Erchen Theys Jr-2L MF Langdorp, Belgium
Theys played a significant role in both UNMvictories over Oakland and Evansville this past weekend at the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic in Evansville, Ind. She scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 defeat of Oakland and netted the important third Lobo goal in the 3-2 win over Evansville. For her accomplishments, Theys was named the Offensive MVP of the tournament and was placed on the All-Tournament team.
Abbie Partch Jr-TR MF Albuquerque, N.M.
Partch has been a force in the Lobo offense and defense in the past two games. She recorded assists on Laura Hafner and Erchen Theys goals in the 3-2 defeat of Evansville and was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts. Partch has also been part of a young defensive unit, comprised mainly of freshmen, that has allowed only two goals in the last pair of games.
Lobos on the Run
Three Lobos were recognized for their efforts at the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic. Sophomore Rachael Addison and juniors Erchen Theys and Abbie Partch were named to the All-Tournament team.
Junior Erchen Theys was named Offensive MVP of the tournament and on Sept. 23, the midfielder was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for her two-goal performance at the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic.
UNM is ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in shots (123), second in goals (16), third in points (37), and third in saves with 40.
New Mexico is off to its best start since 1997 (5-3-0) when the team went 7-1-0.
The Lobos have currently won more games (5) so far this year than the four they won in all of 2001.