Lobos Head to Austin for Two Matches

Aug. 29, 2012

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Lobo Women's Soccer - at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational

Who: Lobos vs. SMU (Friday, 3 p.m.) and Texas (Sunday, Noon)

On The Air: Sunday on the Longhorn Network

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Albuquerque, N.M.--- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team is looking for its first win of the season, but it won't be easy as the tough schedule continues.  UNM faces off with SMU and Texas at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational.  The games come in the midst of a streak of seven straight away from Albuquerque for the squad.

NEW MEXICO AT A GLANCE: The Lobos are 0-3-1 on the season, having dropped three straight, all by shutouts.  UNM at the Husker Classic had their moments, dominating on occasion, but a pair of unfortunate bounces led to the opening goals in both the Iowa State game (a 1-0 loss) and the Nebraska game (a 2-0) loss.  Liz Nare owns UNM's lone goal on the season, and Rachel Montoya, the lone assist.

SMU AT A GLANCE: The Mustangs are 2-1-0, having lost their opener in double overtime to San Diego State 1-0, and then bouncing back with a 2-1 win over Oral Roberts and a 4-0 win over Arkansas. Kenzie Scovill has three goals and an assist for SMU.

TEXASAT A GLANCE: Texas is 2-2-0, snapping a two-game losing skid with a 3-0 win over Toledo.  Interestingly, Texas lost to Arkansas (who SMU beat 4-0) by a 1-0 score.  Kristin Cummins has three goals and an assist for Texas, along with both game-winners, including one in overtime against Dayton to open the season.

COACH VELA: The Lobos are led by Coach Kit Vela, who is in her 12th year at New Mexico and carries a 93-84-39 record into the Husker Classic.

LOBOS TO WATCH: The Lobos have been led by Liz Nare, who has UNM's goal on the season.  Kelli Cornell has a 1.50 goals against average and continues to climb the career minutes played list at UNM, currently sitting in eighth place.  

Jordan Craig has created a bunch of scoring chances of late, and should be a factor this weekend.

ALL-TIME VS. SMU AND TEXAS: New Mexico is 0-4-0 all-time against the SMU Mustangs, including a loss in 2010 when UNM started 4-0-3 before losing to SMU, which was the only regular season loss that year. The Lobos are also 1-3-0 against Texas, with the lone win coming in 2009. The Lobos and the Mustangs were former members of the Western Athletic Conference. UNM has been outscored by SMU 12-1 in the series, but the last two games have been 1-0 affairs. UNM has actually split the series in Austin, winning 1-0 in 2009, and losing 4-0 in 2002.

DOWN THE ROAD: The Lobos head to SEC country to take on Florida and Georgia in a pair of road games.