ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – With the end of the calendar year near, it’s time to look back at the final national college soccer polls. The University of New Mexico men’s soccer program capped off the 2013 season with its second NCAA College Cup appearance since 2005. New Mexico became one of only three programs in the nation to advance to a third-straight Sweet 16 en route to the team’s Final Four appearance in Philadelphia.
Final Postseason National Polls
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College Soccer News on the Lobos' final rankings...
"The 2013 season was Jeremy Fishbein's 12th as the head coach of New Mexico. A solid case could be made that no one did a better job of coaching his team this year than Fishbein. Sure, the Lobos were disappointed with their loss in the semi-finals of the College Cup but when the sting of that is over this is a group that can really feel good about what they accomplished in 2013 including a very impressive run to the Final Four. It's easy to forget that heading into the 2013 season the Lobos had more than the average number of big gaps to replace including the likes of Devon Sandoval, Blake Smith, and Victor Rodiguez among others. Seniors Michael Kafari, Michael Calderon, Kyle Venter and Michael Lisch all had solid seasons and were at the heart of the success this team enjoyed. They too will be hard to replace but at New Mexico there always seems to be a healthy balance between the classes. As a result some newcomers always have the opportunity to contribute and there is always an experienced group of seniors on board to provide direction and stability."
The preparations for the 2014 season come quickly for Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein and the New Mexico Lobos. The team will begin offseason strength and conditioning in late January with signing day soon after. A trio of graduating seniors of Kyle Venter, Michael Calderon and Michael Kafari will participate in the MLS Combine from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14 in Fort Lauderdale. The 2014 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16 in New York City.