Lobos Face MW Newcomer Nevada in Reno
Oct. 4, 2012
Lobo Women's Soccer - On the road in the Mountain West
Albuquerque, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team is off to a 1-0-0 start in conference play, and now the Lobos head off for the first of three straight tough road matches, the first of which is Sunday against conference newcomer Nevada at 2 p.m. Mountain Time.
UNM will looking to extend its streak of 15 straight conference matches without a loss (11-0-4).
NEW MEXICO AT A GLANCE: New Mexico is 7-4-1 on the season, having won seven of its last eight matches and its last four, making UNM the league's hottest team. The Lobos have recorded four consecutive shutouts and the teams has a current scoreless streak of 402:06. UNM also has five shutouts in the last six matches.
Rachel Montoya leads the way with 10 points on four goals and two assists, while Stephanie Rowe has four goals for eight points, and Jordan Craig has three goals and seven points. Defender Liz Nare, who had no career points entering her junior season, is tied for the team lead in assists with three. She is tied with Natalie Jenks.
Kelli Cornell has played every minute in goal, recording five shutouts and 31 saves along with a 0.86 goals against average.
NEVADA AT A GLANCE: The Wolf Pack are 4-7-1 overall, 0-1 in the Mountain West. Nevada is 2-1-1 at home. Nevada and UNM have had several common opponents in TCU (Nevada won 1-0, UNM tied 1-1) Texas Tech (Nevada lost 1-0, UNM lost 2-0) and UC Davis (Nevada lost 2-1 in OT, UNM won 2-0). Nevada has lost three straight 3-0 games, to Cal, San Diego State, and Gonzaga. Chrisalyn Fonte leads the team with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Madison Lorenzen has a team-best four assists. Dana Morena has a 1.55 goals against average and three shutouts. Nevada has scored 10 goals and allowed 19.
ROWE, ROWE, ROWE YOUR BOAT Through seven games this season, UNM starting forward Stephanie Rowe was having a tough go at it as one of the pieces replacing Jen Williams. She had a grand total of six shots on the season with only two on net. Suffice to say, Rowe had nary a goal to her name. Then came a trip to Florida for a date with the Gators, and that served as Rowe's coming out party.
In that game, she was given a perfect pass at the top of the box, and her rocket made it 2-1 Lobos in a game that UNM would ultimately lose 3-2, but it awakened Rowe. In her next outing against New Mexico State, she didn't score but plastered the nets with a career-high five shots. Now, in her last two games, she has three goals, accounting for all of UNM's scoring, and a pair of game-winners.
Against UC Davis, she knocked in a first half cross from Elba Holguin for her second goal of the year, and then after a bad back pass, she outraced the defense to touch a ball into an open net for a two-goal game. She then popped home the game-winning and only goal against Boise State with 22 minutes left.
The four goals equals the career total she amassed in her first three seasons at UNM. The Littleton native comes from the same high school as former Lobo kicker Katie Hnida, who became the first woman to score a point in an NCAA Division I football game when she kicked two extra points in 2003.
VELA HITS THE CENTURY MARK Kit Vela picked up a milestone victory on Friday when UNM defeated Boise State 1-0, as the win was the 100th in her career. While Vela is happier with the number 1-0, as in UNM's conference record to this point, the win is a milestone not just for UNM, but for the Mountain West in general, as it isn't everyday that a coach gets win No. 100.
In fact, it's only happened three other times, as Vela became the fourth coach in MW history to record their 100th career victory. Jennifer Rockwood has 221 for BYU, Marty Buckley had 113 for Air Force, and Rick Manning had 110 for Utah.
ALL-TIME VS. NEVADA: All-Time Vs. Nevada New Mexico is 0-1-1 all-time against Nevada, and it's the first meeting since 2006. In 2006, UNM and Nevada drew 0-0 in double overtime, and in 2005 in Reno, UNM lost to the Wolf Pack 2-0.
9/23/05 at Nevada Reno, Nev. L 0-2 10/1/06 Nevada Albuquerque, N.M. T (2 OT) 0-0DOWN THE ROAD: UNM continues its road swing at Fresno State (Oct. 12, 8 pm) and at UNLV (Oct. 14, 2 pm).