Men’s Soccer: Lobos Gaining National Recognition, Weber Earns Player of the Week
Albuquerque, N.M. – The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team is off to its best start ever and is beginning to gain national recognition for their 6-0-0 record. After two wins in their opening weekend of action at the UNM Soccer complex, the Lobos are ranked No. 28 in the CollegeSoccerNews.com Top-30. The Last time UNM was ranked in any poll was on November 3, 1997 when they were No. 15 in the Soccer America Top-20. It was also the highest ranking even for a Lobo soccer team. Adding to the attention, Lobo sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Weber earned the second straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week for UNM. Freshman forward Ben Ashwill, last week’s MPSF Player of the Week, was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com National Team of the Week.
This past weekend, Weber allowed only one goal with nine saves in the two wins in UNM’s own TLC Plumbing and Utility Invitational Tournament. Weber also recorded his second shutout of the season and seventh of his career in a 3-0 win over Cal Poly, putting him seventh on the Lobos’ career list. Weber boasts a conference leading 0.650 goals against average while playing every minute of every UNM match.
Freshman forward Ben Ashwill leads the MPSF with six goals and 13 points, and was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com’s National Team of the Week for his efforts in the TLC Plumbing and Utility Invitational this weekend. Ashwill scored two goals and had an assist in the Lobos’ two wins over Cal Poly and Evansville.
The Lobos finish off a four-game home stand this weekend with matches against Georgia State and Southwest Missouri State in the Lobo Invitational. Friday, September 20, action begins at 5:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) with the neutral game between Air Force and SMS. The Lobos then face Georgia State at 7:30 p.m. (M.D.T.) in the second game. On Sunday, September 22 the Lobos host Southwest Missouri State at 12:30 p.m. (M.D.T.) following the neutral match between Air Force and Georgia State at 10:30 a.m. (M.D.T.)