The University of Nevada women's soccer team was the most improved Division I squad in the country, according to the NCAA.
Under the direction of head coach Terri Patraw, Nevada turned in the best season in school history in 2005 with an 11-7-2 overall record. That marked an improvement of 8.5 games from the team's 2-15-1 mark in 2004.
In addition to setting the school record for victories in a single season, the 2005 Wolf Pack squad turned in the program's best WAC record, tying for second in the league standings with a 4-2-1 mark and earning a berth in the postseason WAC Tournament for the first time in school history.
A school-record five members of the Wolf Pack earned second-team All-WAC honors in 2005, led by freshman Miranda Montejo who set program records for goals and points scored in a single season. Five UNR student-athletes were also named to the Academic All-WAC squad in 2005.
In 2006, Patraw led Nevada to its first conference championship, its first NCAA tournament appearance, and a program best record (13-5-4).
Patraw is the most successful soccer coach in Nevada history, and the only coach to lead the Wolf Pack to a winning season.
When Terri Patraw took over as head coach, she inherited a team that had never recorded a winning season nor qualified for postseason play. However, from day one she vowed that she would turn the University of Nevada
With 10 letterwinners and eight starters returning from Nevada’s 2006 WAC Tournament Championship squad, including defenders Patrice Godwin, Devin Noe and Jessica Wilcox, midfielders Blaine Dugan, Jessica Thompson and Miranda Montejo and forwards Karen Zmirak, Kenishia Warren and Samantha Miller, and the Pack’s third consecutive
“I think every year we expect to do better than the last year, obviously this is going to be the highest standard we have to achieve,” Patraw said then. “We’d like to win the regular season conference championship, win another tournament championship, qualify for the NCAAs and continue to knock off Pac-10 teams like we have.”
While Nevada lost five seniors from that season including team MVP and captain Aivi Luik, Nevada’s career leader in assists, Lauren Kinneman, and captain and four-year letterwinner Terran Hadlock, the team returned four of its All-WAC honorees from 2006, first team members Miller and Wilcox and second-team honorees Montejo and Zmirak, from the 2006 team that posted a program best 13-5-4 record and set numerous program records both offensively and defensively.