On the Road to San Diego State, New Mexico

Oct. 18, 2012

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Live Stats: Wyoming at No. 7 San Diego State - Friday, 8 p.m. MT
Live Stats: Wyoming at New Mexico - Sunday, 11 a.m. MT

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Following a three-game home stand, the Cowgirl soccer team hits the road this weekend for matches at No. 7 San Diego State Friday evening (8 p.m. MT) and New Mexico Sunday morning (11 a.m.).

The Cowgirls (7-6-2, 0-3-1 MW) look to end a four-game scoring drought led by sophomore forward Sara Paul, who leads the Mountain West and is tied for fourth in the nation in assists with 10 on the year. As a team, Wyoming is second in the MW in goals (27) and points (76), fourth in corner kicks (63) and fifth in shots (194) as they are outscoring opponents 27-24 for the season.

In conference games, goalkeeper Courtney Merkle is second in saves with 21, averaging 5.25 per game, and fifth in goals-against average (1.22) and save percentage (.771). Paul is tied for second in shots (13), while forward Lucie McDowell is fifth in the league with 10 shot attempts.

No. 7 San Diego State
The Aztecs (14-1-1, 4-0-0 MW), the only undefeated team in MW play with a 4-0 record, are on a seven-game winning streak and have only allowed 10 goals throughout their 16 games, which includes eight shutouts and goals-against average of .610, 18th-best in the country. Outscoring opponents 29-10, their only loss came to No. 3 Stanford and their tie was with No. 16 Santa Clara at 1-1 last month.

Leading the MW in shots (246), points (87), goals (29) and assists (29), the Aztecs are led by forward Megan Jurado, who leads the league individually in points (31), goals (12) and game-winning goals (7), and tied for second in shots (45) and assists (7). In MW play alone, she has four goals and two assists.

SDSU goalie Rachel Boaz has the 15th-best GAA in the nation at .564 and leads the MW in shutouts and save percentage (.845).

New Mexico
The Lobos (8-5-2, 2-1-1 MW) are coming off a 2-0 loss to UNLV and a 1-1 tie with Fresno State over the weekend. Since starting the year 0-3-1, New Mexico has achieved an 8-2-1 record, which includes a close loss to No. 15 Florida by a 3-2 score. Before the tie with Fresno State, the Lobos had rung off five straight victories, tying a school-best streak. On the year, they have only allowed 14 goals, third-best in the MW, while scoring 18.

New Mexico is third in the league in goals-against average (.900) and shutouts (3), while fifth in points (52) and assists (16). Rachel Montoya and Stephanie Rowe are tied for third in the MW in game-winning goals with two, while keeper Kelli Cornell is third with her .900 GAA and three shutouts. In conference games, Natalie Jenks is tied for second in goals (2) and points (5) on 10 shot attempts.

The Cowgirls finish the regular season at home Friday, Oct. 26, against Air Force before the MW Tournament, slated for Oct. 31-Nov.4 in San Diego.