Women's Soccer: Lobos, 2-0 In Conference, To Face MWC Rivals BYU And Utah At Home
Albuquerque, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's soccer team, fresh off a 2-0 weekend with victories over conference opponents San Diego State and UNLV, is looking to continue its winning ways against BYU on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. and Utah, Sunday, Oct. 20 at noon. Last year, the Lobos pulled off a big win against BYU, with Erchen Theys (Langdorp, Belgium) nailing in the game-winner just two minutes into the second half. UNM was not as lucky against Utah, falling 2-0 to the Utes off of two second-half goals by Shauna Gurr-Bingham.
LAST WEEKEND ON THE ROAD
Fri. Oct. 11 UNM at SDSU : W, 1-0 San Diego, Calif.
Goal Scorer • Rachael Addison Assist: Erchen Theys
Sun. Oct. 13 UNM at UNLV: W, 1-0 Las Vegas, Nev. Goals Scorer • Rachael Addison Unassisted
BYU COUGARS (8-5-0)
Conference: Mountain West UNM-BYU Series Record: BYU leads 5-2-1 BYU on the Internet: www.byucougars.com
TO DATE BYU holds a similar record to UNM at the moment, sitting at 8-5-0, 2-0 in the MWC. Losses for the Cougars have come against top-20 teams such as Michigan (2-1), USC (1-0) and UCLA (6-0). The biggest win for the Cougars was on Aug. 30 when they beat top-five school Portland, 2-1. Most recently BYU beat conference opponents Air Force, 5-1 and defeated Wyoming by a close 1-0 margin. BYU has outshot opponents 241-142 and has outscored them 25-19.
TRACKING THE COUGARS The Cougars are currently led by senior Jeni Viernes (MF) and junior forward Lydia Ojuka. Viernes has started and played in all 13 games and has recorded 15 points off of six goals (four game winners) and three assists. Ojuka is tied for second place with two other Cougars who also have eight points. One of those players is Aleisha Cramer-Rose who was an All-American selection last year. Ojuka scored two goals in the 5-1 rout of Wyoming on Oct. 12, adding to the pair of goals she already had. A majority of BYU’s goalkeeping duties have been assigned to sophomore Mandy Gott who has logged 765 minutes and owns a 1.88 goals-against-average.
LAST YEAR WHEN UNM MET BYU The Lobos played to an impressive win in 2001 when they matched up against BYU on the road in Provo, Utah. It was Erchen Theys who put the nail in the Cougar coffin, after she scored two minutes into the second half to give UNM the lead. BYU was unable to answer back after being shutdown the entire game by a solid UNM defense and senior keeper Shelly Hammock.
UTAH UTES (9-1-2)
Conference: Mountain West UNM-Utah Series Record: Utah leads 4-2 Utah on the Internet: www.utahutes.com
TO DATE The Utes are currently ranked No. 25 in the nation and have a 9-1-2 record, 2-0 in the MWC. The only team that Utah has lost to this season is St. Mary’s, a team which has floated in and out of the top-25 all year. Like BYU, Utah’s biggest win of the season came against Portland, 2-0. The Utes played two conference matches last weekend and defeated Wyoming, 4-1 and Air Force, 3-1. Utah has outshot its opponents by a whopping 194-68 and outscored them by a large 22-8 margin.
TRACKING THE UTES The Utes’ leading scorer is not a regular starter. Junior Missy Dennis has played in 12 games, but has only started one. She has accumulated fifteen points (seven goals, one assist) and is fourth on team with 16 shots. Senior Shauna Gurr-Bingham leads the team with 58 shots and has recorded two goals and five assists for nine points. Goalkeeping duties so far this season have been split evenly between Lynssey Asay-Kimball and Courtney Hills-McBeth. Both own a 0.66 goals-against-average, with Asay-Kimball notching three shutouts and Hills-McBeth, two.
LAST YEAR WHEN UNM MET UTAH Last year, UNM came up short against Utah, losing 2-0 in Salt Lake City. Shauna Gurr-Bingham recorded both goals for the Utes in the second half. The loss dropped the Lobos from first to third place in the MWC.
LEADERS OF THE PACK
Rachael Addison So-1L • MF Tyler, Texas
Addison scored both game-winning goals in the key 1-0 conference defeats of San Diego State and UNLV this past weekend. She now has 10 points on five goals and is tied for third place in the UNM points standings.
Kristen Winters So-1L • GK Lakewood, Colo.
Winters had another phenomenal weekend for the Lobos, recording her second and third consecutive shutouts in the victories over SDSU and UNLV. She now has six shutouts so far this season which ranks her second among the all-time shutouts leaders at New Mexico. Her three consecutive shutouts are also record-setting, as this feat has not been accomplished since 1997.
LOBOS ON THE RUN
• The Lobos still lead the MWC this week in points (79) and goals (31). UNM also leads the conference with six shutouts, which gives Kristen Winters the lead over all goaltenders in the MWC in this category.
• New Mexico has moved to second place in the MWC behind Utah and ahead of BYU. The Lobos are up from last week’s fourth place position.
• Erchen Theys and Michelle Longmire are both tied for third in the MWC with four assists apiece.
• Kristen Winters is second in the conference with 66 saves in 13 games. Wyoming’s Lori Scheider is the leader with 87 saves in 13 games.
• The Lobos still top the conference team highs category with the 24 points they accumulated in the 9-0 routing of Troy State on Sept. 29.
• Rachael Addison scored both goals
(game winners) in the 1-0 defeats of
San Diego State and UNLV over the