September 12, 2008
vs. Minnesota, 5 p.m. PT
September 12: Nevada (0-4-1) vs. Minnesota (6-0), 5 p.m.
Follow the Pack
All of Nevada’s home matches and select road matches will have Live Stats. The Live Stats will be available at kickoff at the following link:
The University of Nevada soccer team recorded a 0-1-1 record over the weekend. The Pack recorded a 0-0 (2OT) tie at the University of San Francisco on Friday before falling 2-1 against Portland State on Sunday. The Pack will host first-time opponent and Big Ten foe Minnesota on Friday at 5 p.m. The Pack returns 15 letterwinners and nine starters from its 2007 team that recorded its third consecutive WAC Tournament appearance. The Pack welcomes seven newcomers to its 2008 team.
Miller Leads the Team in Points
Senior Samantha Miller has recorded a team-leading three points this season. She recorded her 14th career goal at UNLV on August 31 and recorded her 11th career assist on September 7 versus Portland State. Miller is tied for third all-time in career points (39) and is looking to join teammates Miranda Montejo (44 points) and Karen Zmirak (41 points) as the only players in program history to record at least 40 career points.
Hunt Records First Career Shutout
Goalkeeper Sarah Hunt recorded her first career shutout in Nevada’s 0-0 (2OT) tie at San Francisco on September 5. She recorded five saves in the game game to help Nevada to the 0-0 (2OT) tie. This season, Hunt has set career-highs in both saves in a match and in a season. Hunt, who played in four games while starting two last season, ended 2007 with 10 saves. This season, she has started all five of the Pack’s games. She has recorded 25 saves through the first five games including a career-high seven versus Pacific on August 31.
Two Nevada players, senior goalkeeper Sarah Hunt and junior defender Nikki McEachern, have each played every minute for the Pack this season (470:00). Senior Patrice Godwin, who last season played 1634:00 minutes out of a possible 1640:00 minutes, is third on the team in minutes played this season with 442:00.
Assist Queen at it Again
Senior Jessica Thompson recorded her first assist of the season, setting up Samantha
Miller against UNLV. Thompson is Nevada’s all-time leader in assists and the assist versus UNLV was Thompson’s 16th of her career. She recorded five assists as a freshman in 2005, five as a sophomore in 2006 and five as a junior in 2007. The assist gave Thompson 30 career points making her the sixth player in school history to record at least 30 career points.
Follow the Leader
Senior Miranda Montejo is the Pack’s all-time leader in points with 44. She is also second all-time in career goals (17) and needs two goals to become Nevada’s all-time leader in goals. Senior Karen Zmirak is second all-time in career points (41) and is third in career goals (16). Senior Jessica Thompson is first all-time in assists with 16. Miller has recorded 11 career assists while Montejo had recorded 10.
News and Notes
Nevada has recorded at least one tie every year since the 2004 season...freshman Annabelle Allen recorded a team-high five shots for Nevada against Portland State...Nevada recorded a season-high 21 shots against Portland State...senior Karen Zmirak has led the team in points the last two seasons...she recorded 26 points in 2006 and 15 points in 2007...Nevada has four current players ranked in the top-10 in career points (Miranda Montejo (44), Karen Zmirak (41), Samantha Miller (39) and Jessica Thompson (30)...first-year head coach Jaime Frias is the fourth head coach in Nevada’s nine year history...Nevada will face two first-time opponents this year, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Montejo Named to the Preseason All-WAC Team
Senior Miranda Montejo was named to the 2008 Preseason All-WAC team for the first time in her career. Montejo, a two-time All-WAC second team selection, has played in 60 career games for Nevada, making 51 starts. Montejo has recorded 17 career goals and 10 career assists. Her selection marks the ninth time a Nevada player has earned Preseason All-WAC honors.
Several members of the Nevada soccer team spent their summer training and competing at various events. Senior Patrice Godwin was invited to the U23 Select/Amateur National Team Camp in San Bernadino, Calif., July 2-6. Sophomore Erin Smith and freshman Annabelle Allen won the Region IV Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 22. The win automatically qualified their club team, Colorado Rush, for the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Little Rock, Ark. , July 22-27. Smith and Allen led their club team to a 3-0 shutout victory over Sting 90 (North Texas) to win the 2008 U18 US Youth Soccer National Championship.
Nevada’s 2008 roster features four international players, two from Canada and two from Australia. Senior Karen Zmirak, the first Canadian player to sign with the program, is from Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Fellow Canadian, junior transfer Nikki McEachern, is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. McEachern transferred to Nevada this season after playing two years at Clemson University. Zmirak transferred to Nevada as a sophomore in 2006 after playing one season at the University of Georgia. Sophomore Vanessa Mann is from Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia and is joined this season by freshman Ellie Stott who is from East Gosford, New South Wales, Australia.
Nevada’s 2008 roster features five players from the Reno/Sparks area: seniors Trisha Gibbons (Reed HS) and Sarah Hunt (McQueen HS); sophomore Alyx Sacks (McQueen HS); and freshmen Sarah Voss (Spanish Springs HS) and Joanne Terranova (McQueen HS). Since 2000, players from Northern Nevada high schools have appeared on Nevada’s rosters 29 times. Local players have come from seven high schools: Galena, Carson, McQueen, Reed, Reno, Spanish Springs and Douglas. Players from Reed High School have appeared on Nevada’s rosters 11 times while players from McQueen High School have appeared on the Pack’s rosters seven times. The 2003 team had the most local players in program history with seven.
Scouting the Minnesota Gophers (Big Ten)
All-Time Series: This will be the first meeing between the two schools.
Last Meeting: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
A Look at Minnesota: Minnesota is 6-0 on the year and have won three home games and three away games. Over the weekend, the Gophers blanked Ohio 2-0 and shutout Creighton 3-0. Katie Bethek leads the team in points with nine (4 goals and 1 assist) while Molly Rouse has recorded seven points (1 goal and 5 assists). Goalkeeper Lindsay Dare has started all six matches. She has recorded five shutouts while allowing just one goal through six games. Dare has recorded eight saves and has a 0.17 GAA. Minnesota is coached by Mikki Denney Wright.
Nevada to Host the 2008 WAC Soccer Tournament
The University of Nevada and Mackay Stadium will host the WAC Soccer Tournament for the second time in program history. The league’s top six teams from the regular season standings will qualify for the conference tournament. This fall will mark the second time Nevada has hosted the conference soccer tournament. The Pack hosted the tournament for the first time in 2006, beating Fresno State in the championship game 4-2 in penalty kicks to win its first WAC Tournament title and qualify for its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Nevada has qualified for the WAC Tournament every season since the program’s first appearance in 2005.
GBYSL Game-Day Information
Thanks to a generous donation to the Nevada soccer program, all members of the Great Basin Youth Soccer League U-14 and younger, will get in free to all of Nevada’s home matches by showing a copy of their GBYSL membership card at the gate or by wearing their uniform to the game. Due to NCAA rules, high school players who play in the GBYSL are not eligible.
2008 Nevada Camper Day
Nevada camper day is Sunday, September 28 when the Wolf Pack faces UC Davis at 1 p.m. All campers who attended one of Nevada’s soccer camps this summer will receive free admission to the game by wearing their 2008 Nevada soccer camp t-shirt.
Nevada will travel to Wisconsin for a pair of games September 19 and 21. The Pack will face the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on the 19th at 7 p.m. and will face first-time opponent Wisconsin on the 21st at 11 a.m.