Dec. 13, 2007
Five members of the University of New Mexico men's soccer team were named to the All-Far West Region squad today, tying for the most on an all-region team in one season in school history. Seniors Mike Graczyk and David Gualdarama, junior Chris Wright and sophomores Zach Tierney and Simon Ejdemyr were all honored for their play in the 2007 season.
The Lobos posted a 12-5-2 mark in 2007, winning their fourth consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title before falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to UCLA. UNM has won six of the last seven MPSF trophies and advanced to the NCAA Tournament six times since 2001.
Tierney and Wright were both named to the All-Far West Region second team. Tierney was a rock in the Lobo backline, starting 18 games while leading UNM to eight shutouts and a 0.71 team goals-against-average. Wright, the 2007 MPSF Player of the Year, led the MPSF in scoring with 12 goals and four assists on the year.
Graczyk, Gualdarama and Ejdemyr were all named to the All-Far West Region third team. Graczyk started every game in goal for the Lobos, recording six shutouts and a 0.74 g.a.a. He leaves UNM as the all-time leader in shutouts (30) and g.a.a. (0.67). Gualdarama controlled the midfield for the Lobos, starting all 19 games during the season, scoring the game-winning goal at Sacramento State. Ejdemyr connected on four goals during the year, all from the backline where he solidified himself as one of the top defenders in the region.
This is the second time in school history UNM has had five players on the all-region team, having accomplished the feat following the 2004 season. Santa Clara was the only other school in the region to have five players selected.