Sept. 5, 2007
Up Next: The University of New Mexico men's soccer team is set for its home opener this weekend against Loyola Marymount at the UNM Soccer Complex. The 17th-rankedLobos (1-1-0) face the Lions (0-1-0) on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) in the NIKE/TLC Plumbing & Utlilty Invitational.
The 2007 NIKE/TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational will also feature Cincinnati (0-1-0) and Central Florida who face off at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The Lobo women are also in action on Friday, taking on Long Island University at 5:00 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex.
The Invitational concludes on Sunday, Sept. 9, beginning with Central Florida and Loyola Marymount at 10:30 a.m. The Bearcats and Lobos will play at 1:00 p.m. on the final day.
Loyola Marymount is picked to finish fourth in the West Coast Conference after posting a 9-8-2 last season. The Lions return six starters, including 1st Team All-WCC honoree Nick Blanco. Freshman midfielder Vincent Ocampo is an NSCAA All-American and listed as one of the Top-100 Freshmen to Watch by CollegeSoccerNews.com. LMU dropped its season opener to Cal Poly 2-0 last weekend.
Cincinnati is the defending Big East Red Division champs and received an at-large bid to the 2006 NCAA Tournament. UC posted an 11-6-2 mark last year and with five new starters is picked to finish fourth in the Big East in 2007. Senior Kenny Anaba is one of the top returners for Cincinnati. He was a 2nd Team All-Big East selection last season with seven goals and five assists and already has two goals in 2007. The bearcats also dropped their season opener to Loyola Chicago 2-0 last weekend.
All of the action can be followed live on the Internet from www.GoLobos.com. GameTracker and live video will be available for each game this weekend. GameTracker is a free service while the live video is a part of the Lobos' All Access.
Cincinnati vs. Central Florida (M) - 2:30 p.m.
Long Island vs. New Mexico (W) - 5:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount vs. New Mexico (M) - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday - Sept. 2
Loyola Marymount vs.. Central Florida - 10:30 a.m.
Cincinnati vs. New Mexico - 1:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount Lions (0-1-0)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Conference: West Coast
Head Coach: Paul Krumpe (UCLA `86)
Record at Loyola Marymount: 87-70-18 (10)
Career Record: same
Starters Returning/Lost: 6/5
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 13/7
2006 Record: 9-8-2
2006 Conference Record: 5-5-2 (4th)
UNM vs. Loyola Marymount: 3-0-0
Last Time: UNM won 3-0 (9/10/04) at Northridge, Calif.
Top Goal Scorer: Brad Stisser (4G in 2006)
Top Assists: 0 in 2007
Top Goalie: Patrick Lane (90 min in 2-0 loss vs. Cal Poly)
Notes: Loyola Marymount dropped its home opener last weekend against Cal Poly 2-0. The Lions were picked to finish fourth in the West Coast Conference in the preseason coaches poll. Lobo midfielder Diego Barrera transferred to UNM prior to the season after spending his first three seasons at LMU. Barrera was a two-time All-WCC selection and a 3rd team All-Far West Region choice for the Lions in 2006. Senior Blake Danaher netted his first career goal the last time UNM faced Loyola Marymount on Sept. 10, 2004, in Northridge, Calif. These two teams have faced off three times in their history, and all three matches have been on neutral fields. This will be the first time one team has hosted another in the series between New Mexico and LMU.
Web Site: www.LMULions.com.
Cincinnati Bearcats (0-1-0)
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Conference: Big East
Head Coach: Hylton Dayes (Wright State `88)
Record at Cincinnati: 56-44-18 (7)
Career Record: 152-129-37 (19)
Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 11/8
2006 Record: 11-6-2 (NCAA)
2006 Conference Record: 7-3-1 (1st -Red)
UNM vs. Cincinnati: 0-0-1
Last Time: Tied 2-2 (2OT) (9/7/03) in Albuquerque, N.M.
Top Goal Scorer: Kenny Anaba (7G in 2006, 2G in 2007)
Top Assists: Kenny Anaba (5A in 2006)
Top Goalie: John-Michael Boggs (90 min in 4-2 loss to Loyola Chicago)
Notes: Cincinnati is coming off a 4-2 season opening loss to Loyola Chicago last weekend. Junior Kenny Anaba scored both goals for the Bearcats in the loss. This is the second time these two teams have met. Cincinnati was picked to finish fourth in the Big East in the preseason coaches poll. The Bearcats scored two late goals to force a tie against No. 19 New Mexico on Sept. 7, 2003, at the UNM Soccer Complex. Mike Graczyk is the only current player who was in uniform for that game and he did not play. Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein played two seasons at Cincinnati during his collegiate career.
Web Site: www.GoBearcats.com.
Recapping Last Weekend: The Lobos split their trip to Akron, Ohio, for the Westfield Insurance Cup last weekend. UNM dropped a 3-1 match to the Zips before taking down Hartwick 3-1. Freshman Ryan Farquharson scored UNM's only goal in the loss to Akron. Juniors Chris Wright and Mike Porter and sophomore P.J. Wilson all tallied goals in the win over the Hawks. Seniors Blake Danaher and Diego Barrera both added a pair of assists on the weekend. Barrera, junior Jack Smithson and sophomore Zach Tierny all made the all-tournament team.
Lobo Debuts: Six Lobos saw their first action for New Mexico this weekend. Senior Diego Barrera played in both games after transferring to UNM from Loyola Marymount prior to the start of the year. Redshirt freshman Michael Reed got in the Hartwick game after recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him for all of last year. Redshirt freshman Andrew Parsons and Gardner Morrow also saw action against Hartwick after sitting out the 2006 season. Freshmen Ryan Farquharson and James Urbany played in both games, with Farquharson scoring his first career goal against Akron.
Lobos Boast Highest Winning % Since 2004: The University of New Mexico men's soccer team boasts the highest winning percentage in Division I over the last three years. The Lobos are 49-7-8 (.828) in that three-year span. Only Maryland (52-15-5) and UC Santa Barbara (51-15-5) have more wins than the Lobos over the last three years. Here is a look at the top teams in the nation based on winning percentage since 2004.
New Mexico - 49-7-8 - .828
Indiana - 47-11-10 .765
Akron - 44-11-8 - .762
SMU - 47-12-8 - .761
Maryland - 52-15-5 - .757
UC Santa Barbara - 51-15-5 - .754
Lobos Held Scoreless in the Preseason: New Mexico was shutout in two preseason matches in Fort Wayne, Ind., last weekend. New Mexico fell 3-0 to No. 11 Notre Dame and 1-0 to No. 8 Indiana at the National Soccer Festival at the Fort Wayne Sport Club.
Graczyk Named Preseason All-American: Senior keeper Mike Graczyk was named to CollegeSoccerNews.com's preseason All-American second team and the Soccer America preseason All-American squad coming in to 2007. The Albuquerque native is one of the top netminders in school history. His 0.64 career g.a.a. coming into the the season was the lowest in school history. He also has 24 career shutouts, one shy of the school record set by Andrew Weber (2001-04). Graczyk has been the primary keeper since the start of the 2005 season and played in every minute of every game in 2006.
Lobos Picked to Win MPSF Title...Again: The coached around the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selected UNM as the preseason favorite to win the MPSF in 2007. New Mexico is going for its fourth straight conference title and the sixth in the last seven years.
2007 MPSF Preseason Coaches Poll
1 New Mexico
3 San Jose Sate
4 Sacramento State
6 Air Force
In The Rankings: The Lobos are currently No. 17 in the CollegeSoccerNews.com Top 30, 24th in the NSCAA Top 25 and 25th in the Soccer America Top 25. New Mexico has now been ranked for 41 consecutive weeks, dating back to the start of the 2004 season.
Sajjadi, Brown Power Texans to National title: Sophomores Bryan Sajjadi and Stephen Brown led their Dallas Texas club team to the U.S.Y.S.A. U-19 National Title in July. It is the third straight national championships for the duo as members of the Texans. Ironically, they defeated fellow Lobo Zach Tierney's Chicago Magic squad in the finals.
Academic All-American Streak Continues: When Chris Wright earned CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine 2nd Team Academic All-American honors last season, it gave the Lobos at least one representative on the squad each year since 2003. Duquesne, Maryland and Wisconsin-Milwaukee are the only other schools to have at least one student-athlete honored each year during that same stretch.
Nine All-MPSF Honorees Return: Not only do the Lobos return nine starters in 2007, but they also have nine players who were honored on one of the MPSF's three all-league squads in 2006. Senior's David Gualdarama and Mike Graczyk and sophomore Simon Ejdemyr were first team selections in 2006. Returning from the second team are juniors Mike Porter and Chris Wright and sophomore Zach Tierney while third team honorees who are back from last year include senior Joey Vitagliano, junior Jack Smithson and sophomore Stephen Brown.
Recruiting class ranked NO. 31: CollegeSoccerNews.com pegged the 2007 Lobo recruiting class as the 31st best in the nation. It is the fourth year in a row New Mexico has had its recruiting class in the top-40 by CollegeSoccerNews.com. Senior Diego Barrera, sophomores Charles Conway and Ryan Lytle and freshmen Ryan Farquharson, Joel Theissen and James Urbany make up the 2007 incoming class.
Two All-Americans Ready for 2007: A pair of NSCAA High School/Youth All-Americans are ready for action after redshirtting the 2006 campaign. Freshman Michael Reed, the 2005 New Mexico Player of the Year, had a medical redshirt in 2006 after injuring his knee. He is still rehabbing the injury and could be ready for the season weekend of the regular season. Freshman Gardner Morrow also sat out last season, but the former Vermont Player of the Year is looking for a productive 2007 slate. Other redshirts who are ready to play this season include freshmen Eric Staver, Justin Fite, Dominique Romero and Andrew Parsons.