Saying Friday night will be a big one for the UNM men’s soccer team is an understatement. The final game of the season will decide whether or not the team will make the playoffs. UNM (7-5-4, 1-4-2 C-USA) will face Florida Atlantic University at 7 p.m. on Senior Night in hopes of getting a spot in this year’s Conference USA tournament. Only the top seven teams in the conference are admitted, and New Mexico is clinging to a spot, currently sitting in seventh place.
New Mexico kept its season going at the Mountain West women’s soccer tournament Tuesday evening in San Diego, capturing a 2-0 victory over UNLV. Senior Lindsey Guice helped secure the win with the go-ahead goal and an assist on the insurance. The win avenged a loss earlier in the season to UNLV. It also moves No. 3 seed UNM (10-8-1) into the tournament semifinals at 5 p.m. Thursday against San Jose State. The winner moves on to Saturday’s championship bout.
New Mexico forward Madisyn Olguin earned a spot on the First Team All-Mountain Mountain West, the conference announced Tuesday. Olguin finished the regular season with six goals, including five in conference play, to lead all Lobo scorers.
The UNM men’s soccer team gained another Conference USA point after battling to a scoreless draw with Florida International on Saturday night. FIU (9-5-1, 3-3-1) had a tight hold on the ball and kept the New Mexico defense on its toes. The Panthers outshot the Lobos 21-5 and led 10-4 in corner kicks. It was also a very physical game, with a total of 30 fouls and five yellow cards distributed. FIU contributed 19 fouls and four yellow cards.
In all likelihood, the Mountain West will only send one representative to the NCAA women’s soccer tournament. That means the Lobos’ season lives or dies by this week’s Mountain West tournament in San Diego. And if they happen to make it, the Lobos will get some measure of revenge along the way against the only three teams they lost to during the conference schedule. UNM (9-8-1, 7-3-1 MW), as the No. 3 seed, takes on sixth-seeded UNLV Tuesday at 5 p.m. Mountain Time in the tournament’s first round. Should the Lobos advance, they’ll play No. 2 San Jose State on Thursday. UNLV defeated UNM 3-1 on Oct. 4, while SJSU claimed a 2-1 overtime win on Oct. 16.
The New Mexico women’s soccer team showed it can keep pace with the Mountain West’s best team, but San Diego State proved it’s the tournament’s No. 1 seed for a reason. SDSU forward Leah Pruitt broke a 1-all tie as the Aztecs dropped the Lobos Friday night at a rain-soaked UNM Soccer Complex.
New Mexico has a couple different scenarios to lock up a No. 2 seed in next week’s Mountain West women’s soccer tournament.
With just two games left in the regular season, the UNM men’s soccer team is feeling the pressure more than ever. The Lobos (7-5-3, 1-4-1 C-USA) are yet to earn their spot in this year’s Conference USA Championship. The top seven teams in the conference will be able to compete, and although the Lobos are currently in the seventh spot, that could change very quickly—for better or worse.
The UNM men’s soccer team fell 2-0 to the Conference USA preseason favorites, the Charlotte 49ers on Tuesday night. New Mexico head coach Jeremy Fishbein said he thought he had an idea of what to expect coming into the game, but unfortunately the Lobos were not able to keep up with Charlotte.
Five teams have already secured their spots in this year’s Conference USA Championship, but UNM is still looking to qualify. Two more spots are up for grabs, but if the Lobos want one of them, they need to start racking up points fast. “I hate to say it, but it’s coming down to these last few games,” UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein said. “We’re definitely starting to feel the pressure.”
New Mexico defender Emily Chavez earned this week’s Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday. Chavez helped the Lobos' back line to two shutouts over the weekend, a 1-0 victory at Colorado and a 3-0 win at Air Force.
New Mexico put itself in position for a first-round bye in the Mountain West women’s soccer tournament after capturing two key wins in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Friday night’s win against Colorado College secured a conference tournament bid for UNM and, benefiting from a San Jose State loss earlier on Friday, New Mexico now sits in second place in the standings. Sunday’s 3-0 win over Air Force kept the Lobos in the hunt for the No. 2 seed.
The UNM men’s soccer team and the Marshall Thundering Herd battled through 110 minutes in a match that ended with a 1-1 draw Friday night. The Lobos (7-4-3, 1-3-1) were fresh off their first Conference USA win of the season after defeating UAB 3-2 last Sunday night. This weekend, they were striving for a second win.
New Mexico clinched a spot in the Mountain West women’s soccer tournament following a 1-0 victory over Colorado College Friday afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Midfielder Claire Lynch scored her fourth goal in the season nearly 18 minutes into the game, benefitting from an assist from midfielder Dylann O’Connor.
Last Friday’s loss may have kept New Mexico out of second place in the Mountain West women’s soccer standings, but the Lobos are still in the hunt for a conference tournament bye. Three points separate second, third and fourth place heading into the last three regular season games: with San Jose State at 18 points on the season, UNM at 16 and Colorado College at 15.
The Lobo men's soccer team got its first Conference USA win on Sunday, and this week it will be on the hunt for a second one. Before the team’s 3-2 victory over UAB, UNM was going through what Lobo keeper Jason Beaulieu described as a “tough stretch.” Beaulieu said his team has not given up during the rough patch, during which they have only garnered one victory in their five most recent matches.
Another Lobo men's soccer player earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors: this time it's Francesco Casucci. The New Mexico freshman midfielder recorded two goals and an assist during Sunday's 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Alabama-Birmingham, propelling UNM to its first conference victory of the season.
The Lobos kept grinding and finally got their reward. After losing its first three Conference USA matches this season, the UNM men’s soccer team (7-4-2, 1-3-0 C-USA) got a much-needed “w” in a 3-2 home victory over the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Sunday night.
Call the San Jose State Spartans overtime warriors. New Mexico became their latest victim. Forward Dorthe Hoppius scored a game-winning goal in overtime to lead first-place San Jose State to a 2-1 victory over the Lobos Friday night at the UNM Soccer Complex.
New Mexico and San Jose State are both trying to position themselves to knock off three-time Mountain West women’s soccer champ San Diego State. After this Friday's game, one of them could have an inside track against the Aztecs. The third-place Lobos host the Spartans, who are tied with San Diego State atop the standings, in a potentially pivotal contest Friday night at the UNM Soccer Complex. Only two points in the standings separate UNM (6-6-1, 4-1-1 MW) from the two co-leaders at the conference’s midway point.