Feb. 3, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico men's soccer head coach, Jeremy Fishbein, announced the Lobos' 2010 eight-member recruiting class today. Fishbein and assistant coaches Paul Souders and Chris Cartlidge have again assembled a tremendous recruiting class for the upcoming season - the talented newcomers will add exceptional depth to a strong core of returning Lobo veterans.
"I think this is one of the most well-rounded recruiting classes we've had in my tenure," said head coach Jeremy Fishbein. "What we expect from Lobo soccer players is a commitment to excellence: academically, socially, and athletically. These are young men who are going to put team goals first and will bring ability, enthusiasm, and character to our talented returning class."
Four of the Lobos' eight recruits are local products, bringing the number of New Mexico players on the roster to 10. The local newcomers are Carson Baldinger (La Cueva HS), Javier Gomez (Rio Rancho HS), Riley McGovern (Farmington HS), and Devon Sandoval (Eldorado HS). Fishbein said all four have spent a great amount of time around the program and are aware of what it takes to succeed as a Lobo.
Baldinger is a 6-1 forward and was the 2009 5A New Mexico Player of the Year and a High School All-American. Gomez is a 5-11 midfielder who was a two-time all-state selection. McGovern is a 6-2 defender and was the 4A New Mexico Player of the Year in 2009.
Sandoval is currently enrolled at UNM and is training with the team this winter. He transferred from San Diego State University after a strong freshman season in the fall of 2009 and will have three years of eligibility remaining at UNM. Sandoval was a three-time all-state selection at Eldorado High School before attending SDSU.
"If there are players from New Mexico who we feel can make our program better, we want them here," said Fishbein. "We definitely feel that we've done that with the four local players joining us in 2010."
The four remaining recruits joining the Lobo program in the fall are Taylor Hafling, Michael Kafari, Patrick Poblete, and Giovanni Rollie. Hafling is a 6-3 goalkeeper from Male HS in Louisville Ky. who was a two-time Adidas ESP Camp participant. Kafari is a 6-1 forward who led his Centennial HS team in Boise, Idaho to a 5A State Soccer Championship in 2009. Poblete is a 6-4 goalkeeper who was a two-time Desert Valley Region Selection at Brophy College Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz. Rollie is a 5-7 midfielder/defender who is a member of the U.S. U-18 Men's National Soccer Team Player Pool.
"All of these players have the ability to come in and contribute," said Fishbein. "Our recruiting class consists of young men who are committed to our program's core values, and each will find ways to make us better. I'm very excited to work with and mentor them on a daily basis."
New Mexico posted a 12-7-1 record in 2009, the sixth consecutive season in which the team posted 11 or more wins. 2009 marked the seventh time New Mexico has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in the last nine years.
|Carson Baldinger||6-1 / 170||Forward||Albuquerque, N.M. / La Cueva HS|
|Javier Gomez||5-11 / 160||Midfielder||Rio Rancho, N.M. / Rio Rancho HS|
|Taylor Hafling||6-3 / 185||Goalkeeper||Louisville, Ky. / Louisville Male HS|
|Michael Kafari||6-1 / 175||Forward||Boise, Idaho / Centennial HS|
|Riley McGovern||6-2 / 165||Defender||Farmington, N.M. / Farmington HS|
|Patrick Poblete||6-4 / 190||Goalkeeper||Scottsdale, Ariz. / Brophy College Prep|
|Giovanni Rollie||5-7 / 150||Midfielder/Defender||Los Angeles, Calif. / City of Angels HS|
|Devon Sandoval||6-0 / 200||Forward||Albuquerque, N.M. / SDSU|
2009 State Player of the Year and High School All-American at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque...captained La Cueva HS to 5A State Championships in 2008 and 2009...three-time all-district and all-state selection...named Offensive Player of the Year for La Cueva in 2007, 2008, and 2009...played club soccer for Rio Vista FC from 2002-04 and won a state championship in 2004...led the Classic FC Red Star (2005-08) to three state championships and three regional semi-final appearances...rejoined Rio Vista FC in 2009, when the team won a state championship and was a regional semi-finalist...Personal...Born Oct. 22, 1991, Carson is the son of Patty and Fred Baldinger...has one brother, Ryan (24), and one sister, Keerie (21).
Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein on Baldinger:
Carson is a player we've watched for quite some time. He has very natural instincts as a forward and, most importantly, he's a goal scorer. Carson has been one of the most accomplished high school players in the history of New Mexico, capping off this year by being named the New Mexico State Player of the Year and a High School All-American. He's going to be a very exciting player to watch.
Two-time first team all-state player at Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, N.M. ...helped the Rams capture four District 1-5A Championships (2006-09) ...played club soccer for New Mexico State Champs Rio Vista '92...NM Rush Golden Boot Award...Personal...Born Sep. 26, 1991, Javier is the son of Raul Gómez and Soledad Rivera...has two sisters, Diana (16) and Alexis (12).
Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein on Gomez:
We feel that Javier is technically one of the most talented players to come out of New Mexico. He's passionate about soccer, he's got a great soccer mind and feel for the game. Javier will contribute to our program greatly - he's going to blossom and become a tremendous player for us once he gets accustomed to the collegiate game.
Four-year letterman at Male HS in Louisville, Ky. ...All-state selection as a goalkeeper in 2009...Most Valuable Player and Male HS Team Captain in 2008 and 2009...12th District all-tournament team in 2008...played for the Javanon Soccer Club '92 Boys...national semi-finalists in 2008 and 2009...Region II Champions in 2008 and 2009...three-time Kentucky State Champions...Disney Soccer Showcase Premier Division Finalist in 2008 and 2009...Disney All-Star Trip to Chelsea FC 2009...Adidas ESP Camp All-Star in 2008, participant in 2009...KY ODP 2005, 2007, and 2008...Region II ODP 2007 and 2008...Disney Soccer Showcase Under-17 All-Star 2008...Eurosport Boys Kentucky Player of the Year - Kentucky Youth Soccer 2008...Region II (92's) International Trip - Barcelona, Spain 2008...Personal...Born Feb. 29, 1992 in Elizabethtown, Ky., Taylor is the son of Art and Denise Hafling...siblings are Stuart (25), Chase (23), and Alyssa (12).
Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein on Hafling:
Taylor is one of the most accomplished goalkeepers in the country. He's a two-time Adidas ESP participant, was named an Adidas ESP All-Star in 2008, and has faced top competition in the USA and Europe. Taylor played for a top-notch club program and will challenge for playing time in goal.
Three-year lettermen at Centennial HS in Boise, Idaho...first team all-conference forward in 2008 and 2009...led his team to a 5A State Soccer Championship in 2009...played for the Boise Nationals Soccer Club...lettered in track at Centennial (1 year)...Personal...Born Oct. 30, 1991 in Accra Ghana, Michael is the son of Simon and Martha Kafari...siblings are Jordan, Sylvia, and Eulalia.
Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein on Kafari:
Michael is a young man that I first watched a couple years ago in Phoenix when he was playing for the Idaho ODP team. He's full of enthusiasm and ability, a player who brings passion to every game. He has the ability to become a great attacking player for us. Michael has tremendous instincts, great athleticism, and a real joy for the game. I expect special things from Michael!
Four-year letterman at Farmington HS in Farmington, N.M. ...New Mexico 4A State Player of the Year in 2009...New Mexico District 1-4A Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009...helped the Farmington Scorpions to a N.M. 4A State Champonship in 2009...team was District 1-4A Champs all 4 years (2006-2009)...played club soccer for Rio Vista FC 92 Boys (N.M. State Cup Champs and West Regional Semifinals in 2009)...also played for the Fusa Pumas and Rush Nike...lettered in track and field at Farmington HS...placed 4th in State 4A 110 hurdles as a sophomore...Personal...Born Oct. 17, 1991 in Oklahoma City, Riley is the son of Robin and Mike McGovern...has one brother, Chris McGovern (21), who runs track for the University of Arizona.
Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein on McGovern:
We've been fortunate to work with Riley at our camps, and have watched him grow and blossom as a player. He's incredibly committed to reaching his potential academically and athletically. Riley is a very disciplined young man, and is a great athlete who has very high aspirations for himself. I think he will become a very complete player as a result of being in our environment every day, and will develop into a key member of our team. Riley will be a success in everything he sets out to accomplish.
Four-year letterman at Brophy College Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz. ...two-time Desert Valley Region selection...helped his team to an ATA 5A-1 State Championship in 2008...named team captain his senior year...played club soccer for the Tempe Pros, named team captain...helped Tempe Pros win to a State Championship in 2009...Personal...Born July 6, 1992 in Los Angeles, Patrick is the son of Amy and Patrick Poblete...siblings are Ian (15) and Bette (13).
Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein on Poblete:
Patrick is another great goalkeeper who will challenge our incumbents for playing time. He's a very intelligent young man with tremendous ability and size. He's going to make it difficult for the competition. We have four excellent goalkeepers. Two have collegiate experience, but I think all four are going to push and challenge each other. As a coaching staff, we're very excited about our depth in such an important position. Patrick knows nothing but success!
2009 member of U-19 LAFC Chelsea Futbol Club Academy Team...2008 USA U-18 Men National Soccer Team Player Pool...2007 Huddersfield England Soccer trials...2007 All-Area First Team (only freshman selected)...2006 Cal South Olympic Development Program...four-time team captain of Los Angeles Futbol Club soccer team (2004-2007)...played club soccer for LAFC Chelsea...Personal...Born Nov. 14, 1991 in Colorado Springs, Colo., Giovanni is the grandson of Patrick and Pat Rollie...has one sister, Gabrielle (14).
Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein on Rollie:
We feel Giovanni is one of the most complete players coming into college next year. He can play anywhere on the field, and is a two-way player with great instincts. I think he'll quickly develop into a key player for us. He's had experience with the U-18 U.S. National Team, has played in Europe, and has a great deal of maturity for a young player.
Transfer from San Diego State University...will have three years of eligibility remaining at UNM...graduated from Southwest Secondary HS in Albuquerque...played high school soccer at Eldorado HS...three-time all-state selection...three-time District Player of the Year...Male Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009...helped his team win two state championships and three district championships...National High School Player of the Week (Sept. 2009)...played club soccer for Classic FC Redstar, who were five-time State Champs, two-time President's Day Champs, and Region IV ODP representatives...Personal...Born Jan. 6, 1991, Devon is the son of Diana and Greg Sandoval...has one sibling, Cameo Sandoval (11).
Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein on Sandoval:
Devon is a great New Mexico player who escaped us for a year. It was good for him to get out of state initially to mature and really appreciate New Mexico. He had a very successful freshman season at San Diego State, and felt that it was best for him to come back to New Mexico. We're very excited to have him as part of our program. He's a player who has scored goals in big games against top Division I competition and we feel this will continue here during his Lobo career.