Aug 21, 2013
The 2013 University of New Mexico Lobo Soccer season has arrived! After five days of intense pre-season training, the University of New Mexico Men's Soccer team kicked off exhibition play versus Grand Canyon University this past Saturday night. It was a great home atmosphere with 1700+ in the stands and beautiful weather.
It was a match of two halves: inconsistent play in the opening 45 minutes and excellent play in the second half. We came out on top 3-1 with mixed feelings. You're never as sharp as you hope to be early season. Our positioning and spacing were a tad off and passes and timing were just missing, which is to be expected.
It's a very confident team with some big decisions ahead regarding playing time. What I'm most proud of is our leadership, unity and desire to always be at our best. This is a very impressive group of young men, and it will be interesting to see if/how dynamics change as playing roles are defined: excitement, satisfaction and disappointment. These are yearly questions, and I expect the best from this group. We had some strong performances from freshmen James Wypych and Niko Hansen with class goals and the third coming off the head of Kyle Venter. Dynamic group of newcomers with exciting times ahead!
We depart this afternoon for Colorado Springs and Thursday's match versus Air Force (exhibition match #2). GAME TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 5:00 PM DUE TO EXPECTED EVENING THUNDER STORMS. We are looking forward to seeing our adjustments and response to some critical video analysis. We will field a very young line-up, as we hold out some veterans carrying nagging injuries. SATURDAY NIGHT at 7:00 pm, we play our final exhibition versus Denver University in Denver. We are really excited for the trip and ready to get things rolling.
There is still an opportunity to purchase your LOBO PRIDE PASS for $50. It includes admission to all home men's and women's soccer games. The first 500 to purchase get a Lobo Scarf for free ($30 value). There are about 50 scarves left, so don't wait!
THE GOLDEN GOAL CLUB IS THE EXCLUSIVE BOOSTER CLUB FOR MEN'S SOCCER. We need your support! Our goal is to be the top program in the country and to accomplish this, We need your assistance with operating costs. 100% of your membership dollars go directly to our program.
THE SEASON OPENER IS FRIDAY, AUGUST 30TH AT 7:00 VERSUS VILLANOVA. Bring your noisemakers and help make our home game environment the best and loudest in the country. See you soon, thanks for all your support.