The FishBlog: Let The Season Begin!
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/28/2013


Catch the action this Friday night, August 30th, 7:00 PM at the Lobo Soccer Complex: Season Opener. It’s LOBOS versus Villanova Wildcats. Pre-game DJ on stage outside the stadium at 5:00, tailgating encouraged and bring your noisemakers! 500 vuvuzela's, drums and cow bells will be distributed prior to kick-off. It's going to be LOUD and ACTION PACKED!

Pre-season has come and gone in the blink of an eye. We returned Sunday afternoon from our four-day Colorado road trip/exhibition matches versus Air Force and Denver University. We learned a great deal about ourselves and have really grown from the experience. We played Air Force on Thursday night and put a very young squad on the field. Seniors Venter, Kafari, Calderon and Meile (junior) and Wehan (redshirt freshman) didn't suit up with all five nursing minor injuries. The kickoff was changed to 5:00 PM to avoid rain and lightning….didn't work. Five minutes into the match, the skies opened up. After a 40 minute delay, the match was moved to the Falcon Indoor Facility. A 120 x 70 pitch is a tough place to play.

Early in the first half, we dealt with more adversity. Junior midfielder Adrian Mora Delgado went down with a knee injury. We adjusted and finished out the first half with several quality chances. The second half started well, but we gave up a transition goal 20 minutes in and began to chase the game. Air Force defended well and scored against the run of play as we pushed for the equalizer: 2-0 Falcons.  It was a costly lesson both in terms of result and losing Mora Delgado to a serious knee injury. Our young boys got a taste of Division I Soccer and the mentality and toughness it takes to win. We asked for challenges and adversity and got just what we asked for and more. 

We traveled north on I-25 Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday night’s match versus Denver. Sharp training session Friday afternoon with Venter, Calderon, Kafari and Wehan back in the line-up. 7:00 scheduled kick-off and once again, the weather wasn't kind to us. After a 60 minute delay, the skies cleared and we got things rolling on a wet, slippery field. I was real proud of our performance. We dealt with the conditions and scored a great goal in the 75th minute to win the match 1-0. Freshman Niko Hansen with the goal off the work of James Rogers. The team showed mental and physical toughness and quality in attack. We got everything out of the trip we could ask for (except for the injury to Adrian).

All home matches will be streamed live this season. Our media department has invested a great deal of resources into video production and the streaming of home soccer matches will be high quality. Here is the link to Friday night’s stream. Once our new website is up and running, there will be a direct link on the men's soccer home page for streaming. Streaming will be free this year.

"FISH OFF THE PITCH" LoboTV and host Richard Stevens will produce a weekly Lobo Men's Soccer Coaches Show featuring Lobo players and myself. Filming will take place Wednesdays with the finished product up late afternoon (first episode filmed today).

All Tuesday 11:30 Media Luncheons will be streamed live by Lob TV and will be archived on the Lobo Men's Soccer webpage. Review of previous match(s) and preview of upcoming match(s). Check the newly-redesigned GoLobos.com to watch these weekly press conferences.

Don't forget to join the Golden Goal Club, the exclusive booster club of Lobo Men's Soccer. 100% of membership dollars go directly to our program. We need your support! Here is the GGC Brochure

Lobo Soccer Season Passes can still be purchased for $50 and there are still a few remaining Lobo Scarves available for free with purchase ($30 Value). No waiting in line

Thanks for all support and see you Friday night. We need you to be participants, not spectators. Bring the noise.


Coach Fish

Saturday, August 15
7:00 PM -
Men's Soccer
vs. Air Force (Exhibition)
Wednesday, August 19
7:00 PM -
Men's Soccer
vs. Grand Canyon (Exhibition)
Saturday, August 22
7:00 PM -
Men's Soccer
at Denver (Exhibition)