Lobo Soccer- at UNM Soccer Complex (6,200)
When: Sunday at 6 p.m. (MT)
Who: Missouri State Bears
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By Dan Studley for GoLobos.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Sunday evening the 12th-ranked UNM men's soccer team will look to extend their winning run to four consecutive matches hosting Missouri State, after an impressive 2-0 scoreline at Florida Atlantic Wednesday night. The Lobos will look to add to their ten-goal tally in the past three fixtures at the UNM Soccer Complex at 6 p.m. (MT).
Series Record: 2-2-1
Home: 2-0-1; Away: 0-2-0; Neutral: 0-0-0
Last meeting: The Lobos haven’t lost to the Bears in Albuquerque in three previous meetings. The teams haven’t met since Sept. 21, 2003, which ended in a 2-2 draw at the UNM Soccer Complex.
Up Next: UNM travels to face the Kentucky Wildcats in a C-USA game on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. MT.
SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE ... The Bears are a stingy defensive team, ranking 20th in the nation with a 0.60 goals against average. They consistently force their opponents into bad shots, allowing just 26 on goal through 11 matches. Redshirt sophomore Addison Watson has seen the bulk of the playing time in goal, and boasts a 0.55 GAA and a .762 save percentage. He has been a part of six shutouts and allowed just five goals in over 824 minutes in net. Missouri State is also disciplined, having been issued just three yellow cards on the season. The Bears struggle on offense, however, ranking just 140th in the nation in scoring at 1.00 goal per game. Five of their 11 goals have come off the foot of redshirt junior Emmerich Hoegg. No other player has more than one.
HANSEN C-USA PLAYER OF THE WEEK ... Sophomore Niko Hansen was named Conference USA’s Offensive Player of the Week for his performances against West Virginia and FIU. He scored two goals, both of which were game-winners, as UNM defeated WVU 6-1 and FIU 2-0. It’s his first career honor and the third for a Lobo this season.
QUICK STRIKES ... UNM scored in the first minute on both Oct. 1 and Oct. 4, for just the third and fourth time in program history. On Oct. 1 Ben McKendry converted a penalty just 16 seconds in to open the scoring against West Virginia, which was the fastest goal in school history, and on Saturday, Oct. 4, UNM took a lead just 43 seconds into the match on a goal by Niko Hansen.
CORREA ROUNDING INTO FORM ... MAC Hermann Watch List honoree and Preseason All-American Kevin Correa appears to be gaining confidence and form at UNM as he has now scored in three straight matches. He scored his first goal as a Lobo against West Virginia, followed that up with a dazzling run vs. FIU, and then scored the game-winner at FAU Wednesday night.
OFFENSIVE OUTBURST ... After tallying only 10 goals in their first eight games, the Lobos erupted for six in a rout of West Virginia on Oct. 1. Ben McKendry scored twice, while Niko Hansen, Chris Wehan, Kevin Correa and Riley McGovern all found the back of the net as well. It was the most goals in a game for UNM since a 7-2 win over Villanova on Aug. 30, 2013.
GIBBONS ENTERS TOP 10 ... Senior Mathew Gibbons is now eighth all-time at UNM in career starts with 73. Also, his 6,543 minutes played put him in ninth place in program history.
ROGERS CLIMBING ... James Rogers’ goal at Florida Atlantic on Oct. 8 was the 21st of his career, moving him into sole possession of ninth all-time in UNM history. Meanwhile, his 156 shots are seventh most and his 59 points are 10th most.
TLC TOURNAMENT CHAMPS ... UNM claimed the championship of its TLC Plumbing and Utility Invitational last weekend by virtue of its plus-two goal differential. Ben McKendry earned Tournament MVP honors, while Nick Miele was named Defensive MVP and Chris Wehan was Offensive MVP. James Rogers and Josh Dye were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
MOST INTERESTING SCORER IN THE WORLD ... Senior midfielder Oniel Fisher has not scored many goals in his Lobo career, but when he does score, it’s a game-winning goal. He has three career goals in 27 matches and each one has been a game winner. Most recently he opened the scoring in UNM’s 2-0 win at San Diego on Sept. 14. He also scored the only goal in UNM’s 1-0 season-opening win over No. 13 Akron on Aug. 29, and his other goal came against Penn St. in the Sweet Sixteen last season, which was the first of two for UNM in its 2-0 win.
BEAULIEU MOVING UP ... Jason Beaulieu continues to make moves in the UNM history book. He now has four wins and four clean sheets on the season. The wins are the third most a freshman has ever had for the Lobos (Nate Busek had five in 1990 and Andrew Weber holds the record with seven in 2001), and his shutout total is the second most ever by a freshman, just one behind Weber‘s total in 2001.
A MILE HIGH AND LOUDER THAN ... The Lobos ranked eighth in the nation in attendance last season, averaging 2,121 fans for each of the team’s 12 home games in 2013. UNM’s match vs. No. 1 UCLA was the second most attended regular-season home game in program history as 5,026 fans came out to UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos are currently averaging 2,664 fans through seven home matches.
ROGERS UP FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD... UNM senior forward James Rogers has been named one of 30 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
NO EASY PATH ... UNM’s schedule is not an easy one to negotiate. Starting with the opener against No. 13 Akron, five of the Lobos’ first seven games are against teams that are either ranked or receiving votes, including a matchup with No. 1 UCLA on Sept. 7.
C-USA FAVORITES ... The Lobos were voted by league coaches as overwhelming favorites to repeat as Conference USA regular-season champions. UNM received seven out of nine first-place votes to finish well ahead of the pack. Charlotte and UAB each also received a first-place vote and finished in second and third, respectively. Senior defender Mathew Gibbons and junior midfielder Ben McKendry were named to the Preseason All-Conference Team.
FISH AMONG THE BEST ... Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein continues to build his coaching legacy at New Mexico. The 2014 season is Fishbein’s 13th at the helm of Lobo Soccer. His UNM record of 168-54-28 makes him the program’s all-time winningest coach. Furthermore, Fishbein has cemented himself among the best in the nation. His 142 wins since 2004 are tied for second in the nation among all active NCAA Division I head coaches.
NCAA Active Win Leaders Since 2004
1st - Sasho Cirovski (Maryland) - 170 wins
T-2nd - Jeremy Fishbein (New Mexico) - 142 wins
T-2nd - Jay Vicovich (Wake Forest) - 142 wins
T-2nd - Tom Vom Steeg (UC Santa Barbara) - 142 wins
5th - Ray Reid (UConn) - 140 wins
6th - Elmar Bolowich (Creighton) - 139 wins
7th - George Gelnovatch (Virginia) - 135 wins
8th - Ken Lolla (Louisville) - 130 wins