Men's Soccer to Begin Season on the Road Against Northern Illinois
UPCOMING GAMES: This weekend the Lobos open the program’s 20th season of Division I competition with a trip to Las Vegas, Nev. for two nonconference match-ups against teams from the Mid American Conference. First, the Lobos face Northern Illinois on Friday, August 30 at 6:00 P.M. (M.D.T.). UNM then faces Marshall on Sunday, September 1 at 3:00 P.M. (M.D.T.).
Northern Illinois Huskies Location: DeKalb, Ill. Conference: Mid American Head Coach: Willy Roy (Illinois) Career Record: 127-97-20 (16 Seasons) Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3 2001 Record: 4-12-1 2001 Conference Record: 1-5-0 (7th) UNM vs. NIU All-Time: First Meeting Notes: NIU is picked to finish 6th in the Mid American Conference in 2002 by a vote of the league’s coaches. Last season, both the Lobos and the Huskies faced Alabama A&M. NIU lost 4-0 on September 4, 2001 while UNM was defeated 5-2 on September 30, 2001.
Marshall Thundering Herd Location: Huntington, W. Va. Conference: Mid American Head Coach: Bob Gray Record Marshall: 80-55-6 (7 Years) Career Record: 335-131-31 (25 Years) Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3 2001 Record: 12-7-0 2001 Conference Record: 3-3-0 (3rd) UNM vs. Marshall All-Time: First Meeting Notes: Marshall is picked to finish third in the Mid American Conference by a vote of the League’s coaches. The Thundering Herd received one first place vote in the preseason poll. Last season, Marshall defeated both Fresno State (2-0 on 9/7/01) and Florida International (3-2 on 9/23/01). UNM tied its first match against Fresno St. (0-0 on 10/12/02), but defeated the Bulldogs, 1-0, in overtime of the MPSF finals on November 11, 2001. UNM also defeated Florida International, 1-0, on November 23, 2001 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
20 and Counting: This will be the 20th year of varsity competition for the UNM men’s soccer program. The Lobos have recorded an all-time mark of 188-153-22 (.548).
Unfamiliar Foes: The Lobos begin the 2002 season with four road games against teams thy have never faced before. First UNM faces Northern Illinois (8/30 6:00 p.m. (M.D.T.)) and Marshall (9/1 3:00 p.m. (M.D.T.)) in Las Vegas Nev. Next, UNM travels to Denver, Colo. to face Georgia Southern (9/6 1:30 p.m. (M.D.T.)) and Illinois-Chicago (9/8 11:00 a.m. (M.D.T.)).
Top-Rated Recruiting Class: UNM’s incoming class of Freshman is ranked the 29th best in the Nation by CollegeSoccerNews.com. Freshman Brandon Moss was also listed in CollegeSoccerNews.com’s list of Freshman to watch in 2002.
State Players of the Year: The Lobos Have six former High School Player’s of the Year on its roster, including the last three Gatorade New Mexico Players-of-the-Year Brandon Moss, Ricky Francis, and Stacy Lofton. Danny Bills - Colorado 2000 Matt Chavez - New Mexico 4A 2001 Ricky Francis - New Mexico 3A 2000 Stacy Lofton - New Mexico 5A 1999 Brandon Moss - New Mexico 5A 2001 Andrew Weber - Arizona 2000 (Goalkeeper)
State Champions: Seven Lobos won at least one state championship during their high school careers. Danny Bills - Horizon (Colo.) - 2000 Ricky Francis -Santa Teresa (N.M.) - 2000 Brandon Moss - Eldorado (N.M.) - 2000 & 2001 Junro Narita - Tsurusho Gakuen (Japan) - 1998 Micah Newman - South Eugene (Ore.) - 1998 Sam Suflita - Norman (Okla.) - 1999 Jonathan Weaver - Broken Arrow (Okla.) - 2001 & 2002 2002 USYSA National Championship Participants: Seven Lobos participated int he USYSA National Championships in July. Ben Ashwill, Robert Bower, Eric Carlson, Brandon Moss, Matt Chavez, and Andrew Weber all competed for the Albuquerque Bandidos which finished third in the U-18 division. Lance Watson played for the Houston Texans club team that finished second.
Transfers: UNM has five transfers on the 2002 roster, four of which are new to the team this season.
Josef Bachmeier - Rhode Island
Eric Carlson - Delaware
Javier Carrasco - UTEP
Ricky Francis - South Carolina
Stacy Lofton - Incarnate Word!6)#