Lobo Soccer- at UNM Soccer Complex
When: Saturday at 7 p.m. (MT)
Who: Denver University Pioneers
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Weather Forecast: 81 degrees and clear
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The fifth-ranked University of New Mexico men's soccer team will play its final exhibition of the preseason Saturday when it hosts Denver University at 7 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex. Admission will be FREE for everyone in attendance as the Lobos look to finish the preseason on a high note in preparation of their regular season-opener against No. 13 Akron next Friday.
UNM, which defeated Fort Lewis 3-0 at home on Monday, is coming off a 1-0 setback at Air Force on Wednesday. The Pioneers, meanwhile, defeated Air Force 1-0 on Sunday in their only other exhibition match of the year. It should be a great evening for soccer because although it's raining in Albuquerque on Friday, the forecast calls for clear skies and a beautiful late summer day on Saturday.
Conference favorites ... The Lobos were voted by league coaches as overwhelming favorites to repeat as Conference USA regular-season champions. UNM received seven out of nine first-place votes to finish well ahead of the pack. Charlotte and UAB each also received a first-place vote and finished in second and third, respectively. Senior defender Mathew Gibbons and junior midfielder Ben McKendry were named to the Preseason All-Conference Team.
Watch out for Correa ... Incoming transfer Kevin Correa was named to the MAC Hermann Watch List. While with St. Francis (N.Y.) last season, he finished sixth in the NCAA in points per game (1.68), eighth in total points (32) and ninth in both goals (13) and goals per game (0.68).
2014 review ... New Mexico advanced to its second College Cup in nine years in 2014 before losing to eventual national champion Notre Dame. UNM was the only non-Power Five school in the Elite Eight of last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Lobos were one of only three Sweet 16 teams from a non-Power Five conference. Additionally, the 2013 NCAA Tournament set the Lobo Soccer program apart from many of its peers. The Lobos joined UCLA and Maryland as the only three programs in the nation to earn a top 16 seed for a third-straight season. UNM was also one of just three programs in the nation to advance to a third-straight Sweet 16, along with UConn and Maryland.
A mile high and louder than ... The Lobos ranked eighth in the nation in attendance last season, averaging 2,121 fans for each of the team's 12 home games in 2013. The Lobos are currently on a six-game home winning streak, including two games in the NCAA Tournament last year.
Fish best at UNM and among best in nation ... Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein continues to build his coaching legacy at New Mexico. The 2014 season is Fishbein’s 13th at the helm of Lobo Soccer. His UNM record of 168-54-28 makes him the program’s all-time winningest coach. Furthermore, Fishbein has cemented himself among the best in the nation. His 142 wins since 2004 are tied for second in the nation among all active NCAA Division I head coaches.
NCAA Active Win Leaders Since 2004
1st - Sasho Cirovski (Maryland) - 170 wins
T-2nd - Jeremy Fishbein (New Mexico) - 142 wins
T-2nd - Jay Vicovich (Wake Forest) - 142 wins
T-2nd - Tom Vom Steeg (UC Santa Barbara) - 142 wins
5th - Ray Reid (UConn) - 140 wins
6th - Elmar Bolowich (Creighton) - 139 wins
7th - George Gelnovatch (Virginia) - 135 wins
8th - Ken Lolla (Louisville) - 130 wins