Our preseason and exhibition matches are behind us. We are ready to play for KEEPS! Lobo Men’s Soccer kicks off the season this Friday night at 7 vs. the No. 13 Akron Zips are the UNM Soccer Complex. This one will be a display of skillful, athletic soccer. Akron is committed to the attack and has a roster of dynamic players, which is a very similar playing style and approach that we use. Get to the UNM Soccer Complex early because this one is going to be a barn burner!
LOBOS VS. #13 AKRON ZIPS, FRIDAY NIGHT, AUG. 29 AT 7 P.M. AT THE UNM SOCCER COMPLEX
We learned a lot about ourselves the past two weeks. We had ups and downs with mixed results from the exhibitions. We have exciting attacking players and disciplined, mature defenders. Over the course of three exhibitions we created numerous scoring opportunities, but we didn’t finish to our standard. We had a win, a loss and a draw … it should have been three “W”s but nothing is going to come easy this season. We outshot our opponents by a more than 3-to-1 margin. Our challenge was sharing minutes amongst a deep group and putting the ball in the net! We’ve established our identity and references to last year are no longer applicable. This is a very unified, talented and deep team. It’s mature with great leadership and is well balanced with athleticism and flair. We will be very entertaining! What I am most proud of is how close the players are and how much they care about each other and appreciate their good fortune to be on this team. With success comes responsibility. We are proud to wear NEW MEXICO across our hearts and will be playing for our supporters. We can’t wait to get things rolling!
We shot the first episode of “Fish Off the Pitch” Monday and it will air Wednesday morning. If you aren’t familiar, “Fish Off the Pitch” is the weekly Lobo Soccer Coaches show. We have a new producer, and he promises new twists, turns and laughs. Veteran local sports personality and GoLobos.com Senior Writer Richard Stevens will again host the show. You can find the new episode here beginning Wednesday.
I’m not sure if I’m in proper “Fish Off the Pitch” form yet, but I will crank it up quickly. I need to re-stock the shirt drawer. I can’t thank you enough for your support, and I look forward to seeing you this Friday night. We will be playing for all of you.