Men's Soccer: Lobos to Face Ga. Southern and Illinois-Chicago in Denver This Weekend
UPCOMING GAMES: The Lobos head to Denver, Colo. this weekend for matches against Georgia Southern (Friday 1:30 p.m. M.D.T.) from the Southern Conference and Illinois-Chicago (Sunday 11:00 a.m. M.D.T.) from the Horizon League.
Georgia Southern Eagles (1-1-0) Location: Statesboro, Ga. Conference: Southern Head Coach: Kevin Chambers (Ga. Southern ‘92) Career Record: 49-61-9 (7th Year) Starters Returning/Lost:6/5 2001 Record: 8-12-0 2001 Conference Record: 4-5-0 UNM vs. Ga. Southern All-Time: First Meeting Top Goal Scorers: Wes Meadows (2) Top Goalie: Garrett Lazenby, 2 games, 2.4 GAA Notes: Georgia Southern defeated N.C. State (2-1 on 8/31) and lost to Duke (3-0 on 9/1) last weekend.
Illinois-Chicago Flames (1-1-0) Location: Chicago, Ill. Conference: Horizon League Head Coach: Sasha Begovic (Kula, Yugoslavia ‘75) Career Record: 112-108-9 (10th Year) Starters Returning/Lost: 9/2 2001 Record: 11-6-1 2001 Conference Record: 4-2-1 (3rd) UNM vs. UIC All-Time: First Meeting Top Goal Scorers: Bruno Rasich (2), Dennis King (1), Patrick Grange (1), Jason Keiffer (1) Top Assists: Joe Morelli (1), Patrick Grange (1), Felton Ross (1), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (1), Dennis King (1) Top Goalie: Ross Cain - 2 games, 2.0 GAA Notes: In their first two games the Flames defeated Drury (4-2 on 8/30) and lost to Bradley (2-1 on 8/31). UIC is picked to finish third in the Horizon League.
LOBOS EARN REGIONAL RANKING: The Lobos’ 2-0-0 start has earned them a no. 7 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Midwest Region. |Rank|School|W-L-T|Prev.| Activity| |1|SMU|1-0-0| 1 |DH UT Dallas 3-0| |2|Bradley |2-0-0|-- |DH Northwestern 3-0, DH UIC 2-1| |3|Saint Louis|0-1-1|2 |TN Wake Forest 1-1 (2OT), LA UNC 1-2| |4|Tulsa|1-0-0|-- |DH Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2-1 (OT)| |5|Creighton|1-0-1|-- |DH Oakland 1-0, TH Notre Dame 1-1 (2OT)| |6|UMKC|1-0-0|-- |DH Drake 1-0 (OT)| |7|New Mexico|2-0-0|-- |DN Northern Illinois 2-1, DN Marshall 3-0| |8|Air Force|2-0-0|-- |DH Birmingham Southern 5-0, DH Valparaiso 5-1| |9|Denver|2-0-0|-- |DN Valparaiso 4-2, DN Birmingham Southern 3-2 (OT)| |10|SW Missouri St.|1-1-0|-- |LN Notre Dame 2-3, DN Oakland 3-2|
QUICK START: The last time the Lobos began the year 2-0-0 was in 1999 when they defeated San Francisco and Loyola Marymount to open the season. The last time UNM went 3-0-0 to begin the season was 1994, and the last time UNM went 4-0-0 was in 1987.
EXCELLENT GOALKEEPING: Sophomore Andrew Weber collected his first shutout of the season and the sixth of his career. He currently is tied for seventh on UNM’s all-time shutout list. Dating back to last season, Weber has allowed just three goals in six his last six games.
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 190-153-22 (.551).
UNFAMILIAR FOES: The Lobos begin the 2002 season with four road games against teams they have never faced before. UNM defeated Northern Illinois (2-1 on 8/30) and Marshall (3-0 on 9/1) to open the season. Next, the Lobos travel 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: 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. So far, the freshmen have accounted for four of UNM’s five goals, and two of the four assists scored in 2002.