It was a bittersweet weekend for the New Mexico men’s soccer team as it collected one win and one loss during the Grange and Ashwill Memorial Tournament. On Friday the Lobos earned a 2-1 win against UC Riverside, but lost an important asset: their goalie. Early in the game, senior Patrick Poblete received a yellow card for going for a loose ball in the box. He received a second card with five and a half minutes left on the second half because the referee deemed he was purposely wasting time.
By Isabel Gonzalez With the first game out of the way, the New Mexico men’s soccer season is picking up speed, especially with the nation’s top-ranked team coming to town. This weekend, fifth-ranked UNM will host the Lobo Invitational featuring American University, UC Riverside and No.
“Tonight’s the night! Our quest for a National Championship begins at 7 against Akron! Will you be there?” Thus reads a status on the Lobo men’s soccer Facebook page. Though it may be too early in the season to be talking about a national championship, the team certainly got off on the right foot. The No.
The No. 5 New Mexico men’s soccer team finished its last preseason exhibition with a 1-1 draw against Denver University Saturday night at the UNM Soccer Complex. It was not the result the Lobos were looking for, but head coach Jeremy Fishbein maintained it was good preparation for its season opener on Friday against No. 13 Akron. The first 30 minutes of the match remained scoreless until UNM freshman Sam Gleadle deflected a rebound from a shot by midfielder Ben McKendry into the net. With that, Gleadle tallied his second goal of the exhibition season.
New Mexico Athletic Director Paul Krebs announced Friday that 22 women’s soccer players will be suspended for one game and head coach Kit Vela will be suspended for one week without pay for a hazing incident that occurred Sunday night. Vela is not permitted to have any contact with team beginning on Monday.
The New Mexico women’s soccer team did commit an act of hazing while attending several parties Sunday night, UNM Athletics Director Paul Krebs confirmed. During a nearly 40-minute press conference Wednesday, Krebs and head coach Kit Vela discussed the incident, which allegedly involved underage drinking and freshman players being sprayed with “soap and water.” Krebs said the incident involved the entire women’s soccer team, but that none of the players were forced to drink. The Athletics Department cancelled the team’s season opener at Texas Tech due to the investigation.
The New Mexico women’s soccer season opener has been cancelled due to an ongoing investigation into an alleged hazing incident, athletic director Paul Krebs announced Tuesday. On Monday, the UNM Athletics Department announced it was using an outside investigator to determine the details of the incident and interview team members. The game, originally scheduled for Friday at Texas Tech, would have been the season opener for both teams.
Putting teams away early is the message that head coach Jeremy Fishbein wants to instill before the men’s soccer season begins. While Fishbein was pleased with his team’s 3-0 exhibition shutout over Fort Lewis Monday night, the coach would have liked to put on additional pressure before the second half. After going into halftime with a 1-0 lead, Fishbein’s desire to inflict more chaos and panic on the opposition’s side was not executed. “We found that first goal, but we really needed to find that second goal to open things up,” Fishbein said. UNM dominated the visiting Skyhawks defensively, not allowing a shot on goal the entire game.
Even with four top players gone, the UNM men’s soccer team is not worrying. Players are filling in holes and new leaders are emerging. One of these leaders is defender and team captain Mathew Gibbons. Last year was Gibbon’s third straight season playing at least 1,800 minutes.
Although the UNM men’s soccer team had a successful season last year, the question at the beginning of every season is always the same: What will this season be like? Last year the Lobos won the Conference USA regular-season title in its first season in the league, and made it all the way to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament. It was a season the team could be proud of, but success did not come easy; senior forward James Rogers said the team didn’t know what to expect at first because they had lost many good players.
The UNM men’s soccer team proved its worth last year during its inaugural season in Conference USA by going 7-1-1 and winning the regular-season title. This year the team is coming back to show that its first-year success in C-USA was not beginner’s luck. On Wednesday, Conference USA announced that the UNM men’s soccer team is the preseason favorite to take the conference championship.
In the midst of summer, current and former UNM soccer players could be found spending time together out in the Sol. The Albuquerque Sol, that is. Five Lobo players and four former players spent their summer playing for Albuquerque’s newest team, the Albuquerque Sol FC. The Sol is part of the USL Premier Development League, the top-level men’s amateur soccer competition in the country.
Spring practices give college programs an opportunity to build unity and camaraderie, not just work on tactics and skills. The New Mexico men’s soccer team accomplished that in their recently completed spring sessions, Jeremy Fishbein, Lobo head coach, said Friday.
Justin Hix knew at an early age that he wanted to play college soccer for New Mexico, like his dad Jason did in the early ‘90s. Now not only does he have his dad’s connections to the school, the younger Hix has joined a recruiting class featuring his friends and club teammates CJ Slough and David Gros.
The legacy established by the 2013 New Mexico men’s soccer team extends beyond its NCAA tournament semifinal run, head coach Jeremy Fishbein said. It spans the past three seasons. UNM joined Maryland and Connecticut as the only three teams to reach the NCAA tournament’s third round consecutively over the last three seasons. This year’s trip to the Final Four became the culmination in that string of success, Fishbein said.
The run is over. The New Mexico men’s soccer team ended their College Cup trip Friday in Philadelphia with a 2-0 loss to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish moved on to Sunday’s NCAA national championship game to play either Virginia or Maryland, who play in Friday’s other semifinal game.
If defense wins championships, as the old adage goes, then the other three teams in the NCAA College Cup better watch out. New Mexico hasn’t given up a goal this tournament. The defense came through yet again for head coach Jeremy Fishbein’s squad, which secured a spot among the four remaining teams in college soccer with Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over Washington in the Elite Eight. “I couldn’t be prouder of our team,” Fishbein said.
The New Mexico men’s soccer team makes one of its smoother road trips of the season this weekend, head coach Jeremy Fishbein said, when the Lobos play at Washington in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals Saturday.
It’s not completely foreign territory, but the New Mexico men’s soccer team entered rarefied air on Sunday night. With their 2-0 victory over Penn State at the UNM Soccer Complex, the No. 7 seed Lobos reached the Elite Eight for the second time in school history.