Women's Soccer Heads to Face SEC's Best
Who: Lobos at Georgia (Friday, 5 p.m.) and No. 24 Florida (Sunday, 11 a.m.)
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Albuquerque, N.M.--- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team will look to continue its two game winning streak as the Lobos head east to take on a pair of national powers in the University of Georgia and No. 24 Florida. Both SEC schools made the NCAA College Cup last year. UNM is 1-0-0 against NCAA qualifiers from a year ago, having defeated Texas 2-1 in double overtime.
NEW MEXICO AT A GLANCE: New Mexico is 2-3-1 on the season, having won a pair of contests at the Time Warner Classic Texas Invitational. The Lobos have been led so far by Jordan Craig, who scored three goals over the weekend, including both in a 2-1 win over Texas in double overtime. Rachel Montoya has two assists to lead the Lobos, and Kelli Cornell has played every minute in goal with a 1.30 goals against and 16 saves.
The Lobos put aside an 0-4-1 streak dating back to last season with the two wins. After going four games with just one goal, the Lobos exploded offensively with a 4-1 win over SMU, and then a 2-1 double overtime win over Texas.
GEORGIA AT A GLANCE: The Bulldogs are 4-2-0 on the season, coming off a tough 1-0 overtime loss at No. 9 UCF. Georgia has been in five 1-goal games, with the exception a 5-0 thrashing of South Dakota State in Lawrence, Kansas. Bella Hartley has a pair of game-winners among her team-high four goals. Carli Shultis has three assists and Ashley Baker sports a 0.76 goals against average.
NO. 24 FLORIDA AT A GLANCE: The No. 24 Gators are 2-2-1 on the season, spending most of it nationally ranked. Florida defeated Florida International 3-0 on Sunday after dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 1 Florida State. The Gators are led by Havana Salaun with two goals, and Erika Tymrak with two assists. Taylor Burke has one shutout and a 1.38 goals against average.
COACH VELA: The Lobos are led by Coach Kit Vela, who is in her 12th year at New Mexico and carries a 95-84-39 record into the Husker Classic.
LOBOS TO WATCH: Jordan Craig missed the entire 2011 season with a knee injury, which would have been her senior season. It meant missing a second straight regular season championship, and UNM's first conference tournament title, which was won at home. Siome players might have passed on coming back from that type of injury, calling it good. That's not Jordan Craig, and her perseverance to the game, and to her team, paid off richly this weekend.
Craig was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three of UNM's six goals on the weekend. She tallied the last of an opening three-goal salvo against SMU on Friday in a 4-1 win, but her efforts against Texas really earned the honor. Down 1-0 for the better part of 80 minutes, Craig picked up a rebound and hammered home the tying goal with 36 seconds left, forcing overtime. Then with 3:29 gone in the second OT, Craig took a perfect feed from Liz Nare for a breakaway, slotting home the game-winner low to the far post for the 2-1 comeback.
The award was the first of Craig's career.
ALL-TIME VS. GEORGIA AND FLORIDA: This one is short this week. New Mexico has never faced off with either Georgia or Florida. Has faced off with exactly half of the current configuration of the SEC (which could change by the time the game happens by the way). UNM against the actual SEC is 5-4-3, and against the current configuration, the Lobos are 5-10-3, going 0-6-0 against Texas A&M, which just joined the SEC.
DOWN THE ROAD: The Lobos will kick-off the Rio Grande Rivalry for 2012-13 with a match against New Mexico State at 4 p.m. on Sunday, part of a triple-header with the men's team at the UNM Soccer Complex.