Dec. 12, 2012
University of New Mexico Lobo Soccer is shutting it down for 2012. Great season, incredible supporters and everyone is ready for the Holidays and some down time.....everyone except for the coaching staff. We’ll have a bit of relaxing and then recruiting and then getting ready for an exciting 2013! Just wanted to, once again, thank the Lobo Faithful for your tremendous support and wish all of you a wonderful holiday season. Our six seniors will be missed.....never replaced, but new players will fill their vacated roles and try to reach the high standard they have set.
Our sports information department put all the season accomplishments/honors together for a soon to be released final re-cap. I've copied the major points and pasted below. Some other well deserved news which just came in today, Associate Head Coach Paul Souders was named the Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. He is now up for National Assistant Coach of the Year. I'm really proud of this year’s team and all that they accomplished. The boys excelled in the classroom, in the community and on the field of competition. Thanks again and I will be in touch come January.
2012 Lobo Soccer Season
- 17-4-1 Final Record
- Regular Season MPSF Champs – 8th Regular season MPSF Conference title, 11th overall (including MPSF Tournament titles)
- Ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in eleven seasons
- Two straight NCAA Sweet 16’s (Fourth overall)
- One of only 8 teams in nation to make Sweet 16 last two seasons
- 11-0 victory over UNLV was most goals in program history against a NCAA Division I opponent. The match saw Devon Sandoval become the first player since Jeff Rowland in 2005 to record a hat trick. His three goals and two assists were the third-most points in a conference match in MPSF history.
- Lobos were named to TopDrawerSoccer’s National Team of the Week six different times. Devon Sandoval three times, Victor Rodriguez once, Kyle Venter once and James Rogers once. Sandoval was the three-time MPSF Player of the Week as well.
- The 35 wins in 2011 and 2012 tie the most wins in a two-year span in program history. The 2004 and 2005 teams also had 35 wins.
- Jeremy Fishbein surpassed Klaus Weber for the all-time win record at UNM. His record at New Mexico is now 154-48-26 in eleven seasons.
- The Lobos had the highest number of different players score a goal in the nation. 15 different Lobos combine to score 53 goals this season. Those 53 goals in 22 matches made UNM second in the nation in goals per game.
- Blake Smith finished second in the nation with 13 assists. That was the second-most assists in a season in program history.
- Devon Sandoval’s 15 goals and seven assists put him in the top ten in college soccer in total goals and total points this season. He leaves in the program in the top ten all-time in the same two categories in team history.
- New Mexico posted eleven shutouts this season, which was the third most in program history
- UNM ranked in top 25 in NSCAA rankings the entire season. Reached as high as third (Final poll comes out tomorrow)
The Post-Season Awards:
- MAC-Hermann Semifinalist: Devon Sandoval (Third time in program history)
- TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Season
- College Soccer News All-Freshmen Team: Second Team: Ben McKendry
- Capital One Academic All-American: Levi Rossi (Third Team)
- NSCAA Team Academic Award: Ninth time in ten years. 3.30 team GPA ranked in top 25 nationally
- Blake Smith and Devon Sandoval received invites to the MLS Player combine. New Mexico is one of only 13 schools in the country to have multiple players invited to the MLS Player combine. Only 54 players in the nation are invited to this.
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