Women's Soccer: Lobos Head To Provo, Utah For MWC Championship
Albuquerque, N.M. The Lobo women's soccer team travels to Provo, Utah tomorrow to the MWC Championship at BYU. Finishing off the season in third place, the Lobos will take on Air Force in the first round of the championships at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Lobos will be looking for revenge after losing 1-0 to the Falcons in one of the final conference match-ups of their season. The winner of the Air Force-UNM game will play the winner of the game between Utah and Wyoming. That match is set for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7.
AIR FORCE FALCONS
TO DATE Air Force finished fifth in the MWC, just ahead of Wyoming.The Falcons completed the season with an overall record of 11-7, 2-4 in the MWC. The most recent wins for AFA were against the Lobos, 1-0 and Wyoming, 3-0. The Falcons failed to beat BYU, Utah, San Diego State and UNLV in regular-season play. The worst conference loss for Air Force came on Oct. 10 when they were blown out by BYU, 5-1.
FALCON FOCUS A number of Falcons have tallied points this season, including Mary Cholko and Cookie Day, who finished the regular season one point apart with 13 and 12 points respectively. Cholko leads the team with 50 shots while Day has recorded 38. Goalkeeper J.J. Wolf has been the Falcon's best choice in net, making an amazing 93 saves while conceding 21 goals.
NEW MEXICO LOBOS
TO DATE UNM finished up its conference schedule Oct. 25 and 27. The Lobos were defeated 1-0 by Air Force on the 25th before travelling to Wyoming on Oct. 27 to face Wyoming. UNM beat the Cowgirls 1-0 off of an Abbie Partch penalty kick in the final minutes of the game. The Lobos finished up their season with a 10-7-1 overall record and were 3-2-1 in the MWC.
A LOOK AT THE LOBOS The European duo of Erchen Theys (Langdorp, Belgium) and Marte Dolva (Geilo, Norway) finished up the season in first and second place respectively in the Lobo points charts. Theys has six goals, four assists for 16 points and Dolva has five goals, four assists for 14 points. Midfielder Michelle Longmire (Los Alamos, N.M) also finished the season with four assists and added three goals for a total of ten points. Lobo Rachael Addison had two game-winning goals and three goals in three of the five final conference matches. Addison ended up with six goals and 12 points. Goalkeeper Kristen Winters (Lakewood, Colo.) had a breakthrough season for UNM, recording nine total shutouts and making over 85 saves.
MOST RECENT FALCON-LOBO MATCH-UPS
NOV. 7, 2001- MWC CHAMPIONSHIP (1st Round)
The Lobos faced the Falcons in the first round of the MWC Championship last season. The two teams battledfor 90 minutes, but AFA came out on top, 2-1. The Lobos’ late goal from Coco D’Angelo, was notenough to get UNM back in the game.
OCT. 25, 2002 - MWC GAME
The last time the Lobos playd Air Force was two weeks ago in their second-to-last conference game of the year. Air Force scored a goal from Elaine Tatrek late in the game that deflated the Lobos and kept the final score at at 1-0 in the Falcons' favor.
CELEBRATING THE LOBO SENIORS
Casie Deegan Lakewood, Colo. (Green Mountain HS)
One of the speediest members of the UNM women’s soccer team, Casie brings a tremendous amount of technical skill to the Lobo side. Deegan has appeared in 53 matches for New Mexico as both a midfielder and a forward and has started in 22 of those. So far this season, Deegan has recorded a goal and an assist for three points, adding to the six points she has already gathered over the past three years. Deegan is a Marketing Management major from Lakewood, Colo.
Michelle Longmire Los Alamos, N.M. (Los Alamos HS)
A four-year starter and one of three captains this year, Michelle will end her career as one of the premier midfielders in the Mountain West Conference. She has played in 67 games, starting 60, and has tallied 14 points, ten of which have come this season alone. Longmire has been recognized both on and off the field for exemplifying the ideals of a student-athlete. Last season she was awarded the honor of Second Team All-Mountain West Conference and has been a member of the MWC All-Academic team since her freshman year. A native of Los Alamos, N.M., Longmire is double majoring in Biology and Political Science.
Linda Melendres Albuquerque, N.M. (Valley HS)
Linda is one the most competitive, hard-working players to ever suit up for the Lobos. As a team captain this year, Melendres’ quiet leadership is an inspiration to her teammates. Over her four years at UNM, she has played in 71 games, starting 21. She has tallied two points so far this year on a goal in the 2-1 defeat of Texas Tech. Like her teammate Michelle Longmire, Melendres also excels in the classroom, earning MWC All-Academic Team honors three times. A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Melendres will graduate with a degree in Biology.
Michelle Nowfel Littleton, Colo (Heritage HS)
Over her four years playing in the cherry and silver, Michelle has moved onto the all-time shots and goals list at New Mexico. The tri-captain currently ranks sixth in shots with 90 and is fifth on the career goals list with 12. Over her four-year career, Nowfel has made 43 starts and played in 69 games. So far this season, she has tallied three goals, two of which have been crucial game-winners. A native of Littleton, Colo., Nowfel is majoring in Marketing Management.1