Liz Nare named MW Defensive Player of the Week

Sept. 17, 2012

Colorado Springs, Colo.- Liz Nare has had a season of firsts so far for her. First career goal. First career assist. Now she can add first career Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week award. She was named for her play in UNM's 1-0 win over New Mexico State.

Nevada senior midfielder Sarah Schmeda earned the Offensive Players of the Week honor from the league. Nare is the second Lobo in three weeks to earn a conference honor, as Jordan Craig was named MW Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals in wins over SMU and Texas.

Hailing from Lake Forest, Calif., Nare anchored the New Mexico defense in a 1-0 double-overtime victory over in-state rival New Mexico State. The Lobo defense allowed just three shots and none from inside 25 yards of the goal. Nare drew an assist on the winning goal, as her long pass found Jordan Craig at the edge of the box, who settled the ball and passed to Elba Holguin for the winning shot.

Nare was making her 50th consecutive start for New Mexico, having not missed a game or start in her career. Despite playing in the back, Nare is tied for third on the team in scoring with a goal and two assists. She held down the fort with teammate Lauren Irwin in front of Kelli Cornell as UNM saw a change in the defensive backline on Sunday due to an injury to Brooke Ellison. Despite the personnel changes, both in the game and this year, Kit Vela knows Nare is a player she can count on.

"Liz, along with Lauren (Irwin) are leaders on that defensive backline. She really has had a lot to deal with, having some different players in the lineup this year," said head coach Kit Vela. "She has a couple of assists and a goal this year, and I'm happy she is really taking over in her junior year. She is a big part of this team."

New Mexico, which improved to 4-4-1 with the double-overtime win on Sunday, heads to the UC Riverside Tournament this weekend, where UNM will face off with UC Riverside on Friday night and UC Davis on Sunday afternoon. UNM returns home to open conference play on Friday, September 28 against Boise State at 6 p.m.

MW Offensive Player of the Week:                  MW Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week:
Aug. 20   Leah Bratt, Jr., MF, Air Force          Aug. 20       Rachel Boaz, So., GK, San Diego State
Aug. 27   Haley Locker, So., F, San Diego State   Aug. 27       Carli Johnson, Jr., MF, San Diego State
Sept. 3   Jordan Craig, Sr., F, New Mexico       Sept. 3       Tiffany Hurst, Sr., D/MF, San Diego State
Sept. 10  Megan Jurado, Sr., F, San Diego State   Sept. 10      Kylie Williamson, So., D, Air Force
Sept. 17  Sarah Schmeda, Sr., MF, Nevada          Sept. 17      Liz Nare, Jr., D, New Mexico