Adding to a tournament filled with upsets, New Mexico on Friday became the fourth high seed to lose in the Conference USA Men’s Soccer Championship. The top seed and regular-season champion Lobos dropped out of the tournament following a 3-0 loss to Tulsa. As the No. 5 seed, the Golden Hurricanes carry the highest possible seed into Sunday’s conference championship game. They’ll play the winner of No. 6 Charlotte and No. 7 Kentucky, who played later Friday.
New Mexico men’s head soccer coach Jeremy Fishbein feels confident that the Lobos will earn a bid to the NCAA College Cup, he said. A résumé boasting an 11-4-2 overall record and a first-place finish in the Conference USA regular season will benefit the cause.
For the first time this season, the New Mexico men’s soccer team scored a goal off a corner kick. That goal came from senior defender Kyle Venter, his first of the season. It resulted in the Lobos’ first Conference USA soccer regular-season title in the team’s league debut.
The race to the Conference USA title comes down to one simple solution: a Saturday win over Kentucky results in a regular-season title for New Mexico. The Lobos managed to place its destiny in its own hands after two key victories last week against Alabama-Birmingham and Old Dominion.
The fourth-seeded University of New Mexico women’s soccer team fell to fifth-seeded Utah State in penalty kicks after the game ended in a 0-0 double overtime tie in the second round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament at the UNM Soccer Complex Tuesday night.
New Mexico men’s soccer coach Jeremy Fishbein said at the weekly coaches luncheon Tuesday he has interviewed for the head job with FC Dallas, a Major League Soccer franchise.
The Lobo women’s soccer team lost Friday night on a controversial no-call by the referees. With 7:38 remaining in double overtime, San Diego State midfielder Kelsey Booth passed the ball to forward Haley Locker, who finished the shot past UNM sophomore goalkeeper Cassie Ulrich to win the game 1-0.
In many games this season, the attack-oriented New Mexico men’s soccer team has found itself facing teams with more compacted defensive mentalities. Tonight the Lobos will host a Conference USA team that will try to beat them at their own game.
The benefits New Mexico reaps from playing more competitive men’s soccer conference comes at an increased cost in travel expenses. Many schools in Conference USA, which UNM joined this season, are located at the eastern end of the United States. Aside from Tulsa, Okla., every school is at least 1,000 miles from Albuquerque.
Propelled by goals from Christopher Wehan and Riley McGovern on Saturday, the New Mexico men’s soccer team continues to lead the Conference USA standings. Wehan and McGovern each scored their second goals of the year in the Lobos’ 2-0 victory over Florida Atlantic.