Lobos with a Tough MW Road Trip to Fresno State, UNLV

Oct. 11, 2012

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Lobo Women's Soccer - On the road in the Mountain West
Who: Lobos at Fresno State (Friday, 8 p.m.) and at UNLV (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
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Albuquerque, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico will look to keep its hot play going. The Lobos have won eight of nine and head out for two more road MW matches, at Fresno State and UNLV.

The game with Fresno State is a battle between a pair of 2-0 Mountain West teams. San Diego State, which is ranked No. 7 this week, is also 2-0. UNM will looking to extend its streak of 16 straight conference matches without a loss (12-0-4).

New Mexico is 8-4-1 on the season, having won eight of its last nine matches and its last five, making UNM the league's hottest team. The Lobos have recorded five consecutive shutouts and the teams has a current scoreless streak of 492:06. UNM also has six shutouts in the last seven matches.

Rachel Montoya leads the way with 10 points on four goals and two assists, while Stephanie Rowe has four goals and an assist for nine points, and Jordan Craig and Natalie Jenks each have seven points. Defender Liz Nare, who had no career points entering her junior season, is tied for the team lead in assists with three, tied with Natalie Jenks.

Kelli Cornell has played every minute in goal, recording six shutouts and 33 saves along with a 0.82 goals against average.

The Bulldogs are 4-7-3 overall, 2-0-0 in the Mountain West. Fresno State is 3-1-1 at home. Fresno State and UNM have three common opponents in UC Davis (FSU lost 2-1, UNM won 2-0), UC Riverside (FSU tied 2-2, UNM won 1-0) and Texas FSU lost 3-0, UNM won 2-1). Callie Hancock leads the team with seven goals and two assists for 16 points. Megan Mossman and Shonice Myers each have a team-best three assists. Katie Devault has a 1.71 goals against average and two shutouts. Fresno State has scored 18 goals and allowed 25.

The Rebels are 9-2-2 overall, 1-0-1 n the Mountain West. UNLV is 6-1-1 at home. UNLV has one of the conference's best offenses, but has scored just once in conference play, with two shutouts, and it is 8-0-1 in its last nine matches. Jenn Wolfe is tied for the league lead with nine goals and five game-winners. Macy Jo Harrison has a team-best six assists. Kylie Wassell has a 0.95 goals against average and six shutouts. UNLV has scored 24 goals and allowed 13.

The University of New Mexico continued its torrid Mountain West streak with its win on Sunday afternoon. The Lobos have gone 12-0-4 in their last 16 conference games, having gone undefeated since last losing on October 23, 2009 to San Diego State 3-1. UNM then shutout UNLV in the final regular season game of the 2009 season, and rolled to a 5-0-2 mark in 2010, and 4-0-2 in 2011. It's UNM's longest undefeated conference streak in school history.

Interestingly, that streak has encompassed nine current and former members in Boise State, Wyoming, Air Force, San Diego State, Nevada, UNLV, and former members BYU, TCU and Utah.

During the streak, the Lobos are outscoring their opponents 32-6, never giving up more than one goal in any of the 16 games. UNM is 8-0-1 at home, and 4-0-3 on the road over that time period.

With UNM's 2-0 start this year in conference play, coupled with UNM's 3-0 finish to conference play last year, the Lobos have now won five straight conference games over the course of two seasons. That is one off the record for most consecutive conference wins in school history, which is six, set in 2009-10, when UNM defeated UNLV to end 2009, and then reeled off five in a row to start 2010.

From 2009-11, the New Mexico Lobos ripped off a 10-match undefeated streak at home, going 9-0-1 at the UNM Soccer Complex before losing an overtime decision last season to Cal State Fullerton 3-2. This current team ha just gone one better

The Lobos are currently on an 11-match unbeaten streak at home, going 9-0-2 over that span, including a 2-0-1 mark this year. UNM has two more matches at home this year.

UNM has five straight shutouts, and it's a good thing, because UNM has a streak of scoring a goal in nine straight games, but UNM has four 1-0 shutout wins in the last five matches. The only non 1-0 win was a 2-0 win in the third game of the streak.

New Mexico is 0-2 all-time against Fresno State. UNM lost to Fresno State 1-0 in Irvine, Calif. back in 1996 and lost in Albuquerque 4-2 in 2004. This is the first meeting between the two teams in Fresno.

New Mexico leads the all-time series with UNLV 9-8-1, but UNM is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings. The one tie was in the conference tournament, where UNLV eventually advanced on penalty kicks.

In Las Vegas, UNM has won the last two and the series all-time in Vegas is 3-2 in favor of the Lobos.

DOWN THE ROAD UNM returns home to take on Air Force on Friday night, Oct. 19 (5 p.m.) and Wyoming on Sunday morning (11 a.m.). The Air Force game is UNM's annual "Think Pink" game, and the Wyoming game is Senior Day.