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Lobo Soccer Success

Lobo Soccer Program
The Lobo Soccer program continues to reach new heights. New Mexico Soccer has developed into one of the premier programs in collegiate soccer. This growth has been built on a commitment to EXCELLENCE: in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field. These values have helped develop outstanding students, exemplary role models and tremendous athletes.

Academic Distinction

  • Eight NSCAA Team Academic Awards since 2004.
  • 15 different Lobos have received Academic All-America or Scholar All-America honors since 2004.
  • The program set a new record for highest team grade point average with a 3.43 in 2012-13.
  • Produced an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year & Rhodes Scholar Finalist.
  • A Lobo has received Academic All-Conference honors 75 times over the past decade.
  • Three Lobos have earned UNM Lobo Club Male Student-Athlete of the Year awards.

Role Models In The Community

  • Hosted an ALS fundraiser in memory of program alum, Patrick Grange.  The charity alumni match raised over $40,000 for ALS research.
  • Participated in an awareness campaign for Juvenile Diabetes.
  • Brought clinics to underserved Native American youth in the State’s Pueblos and Reservations.
  • Involved in reading campaigns at Albuquerque elementary schools.
  • The team holds a tradition of engaging fans and signing autographs after every home match.

Developing Professional Soccer Players

  • 13 Lobos have been selected in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Draft since 2006.
  • New Mexico was one of only seven programs in the nation to have three MLS draftees in 2013.
  • Seven members of the 2013 roster have represented their country at the youth international level.
  • Three Lobos have been finalists or semifinalists for the prestigious MAC Hermann Award (National Player of The Year Award).

Program Excellence

  • 2005 National Champion Runner-Ups.
  • Back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2004 & 2005, 2011 & 2012).
  • Ten trips to the NCAA Tournament over the past twelve seasons.
  • Produced eight All-Americans including three of whom are multi-year winners (Since 2004).
  • A combined nine regular season and tournament conference championships.
  • Ranked first in the country over the course of four different seasons.
  • Finished the 2011 season ranked eighth nationally and tenth nationally after the 2012 season.

2013 Lobo Soccer Season

Team Accomplishments

  • Conference USA Regular Season Championship.
  • Eleventh NCAA Tournament appearance in thirteen seasons.
  • One of only three programs in nation to earn top 16 seed three years in a row (Maryland & UCLA).
  • One of only three programs in nation to advance to last three Sweet 16’s (Maryland & UConn).
  • Advanced to second Final Four in eight years.
  • Finished third and fourth in the nation in final national media polls (TopDrawerSoccer and College Soccer News).
  • Only program from a non-BCS school to advance past the Sweet 16.
  • Averaged 2,055 fans per game, which was tenth in the nation during the regular season.

Individual Accomplishments

All-American/All-Region Awards

  • MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist: Kyle Venter
    • Back-to-back seasons of having a semifinalist (Devon Sandoval in 2013)
    • Fourth Lobo since 2005 to be a semifinalist.
  • NSCAA All-American: Kyle Venter
    • Kyle Venter became program’s first ever three-time All-American.
  • College Soccer News All-American: Kyle Venter & Michael Calderon.
  • TopDrawerSoccer Best XI Team: Kyle Venter.
  • College Soccer News National All-Freshmen Team: Christopher Wehan.
  • Senior CLASS Award Second Team: Kyle Venter.
    • One of ten players in the country to receive honor.
    • First Lobo ever to be a finalist for this award.
  • NSCAA All-Region:
    • First Team: Kyle Venter & Michael Calderon.
    • Third Team: Mathew Gibbons, Michael Kafari & Ben McKendry.
  • A Lobo received National Team of the Week honors on eleven different occasions.
  • A Lobo received Conference USA Player of the Week honors on two occasions.

Conference Awards

  • Tied program record with 13 all-conference awards.
  • Conference USA Most Valuable Player – Kyle Venter.
  • Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year – Kyle Venter.
  • Conference USA Coach of the Year – Jeremy Fishbein.
  • Conference Freshman of the Year – Christopher Wehan.
  • All-Conference USA Teams:
    • First Team: Kyle Venter, Michael Calderon & Ben McKendry.
    • Second Team: Mathew Gibbons.
    • Third Team: James Rogers, Michael Kafari and Michael Lisch.
  • Conference USA All-Freshmen Team: Niko Hansen and Christopher Wehan.

Academic Accomplishments

  • NSCAA Team Academic Award.
  • Fall 2013 Team Grade Point Average of 3.43.
  • Capital One Academic All-District Team: Kyle Venter & James Rogers.
  • Academic All-CUSA Team: Kyle Venter & Nick Miele.
  • NSCAA Academic All-Region Team: Kyle Venter.
  • Josh Dye: Runner-up for the Elite 89 Award for the highest national individual academic honor.

MLS Draft

  • Kyle Venter, Michael Kafari and Michael Calderon invited to MLS Combine.
    • Three of the 50 total players invited.
    • Second time in UNM history having three invitees (2006 last time).
  • Second Round: Kyle Venter – LA Galaxy (23rd Overall Pick).
  • Third Round:
    • Michael Kafari – Vancouver Whitecaps (51st Overall Pick).
    • Michael Lisch – Houston Dynamo (54th Overall Pick).
    • Michael Calderon – Vancouver Whitecaps (64th Overall Pick).
  • One of four programs in the nation to have four MLS Draft picks (Cal, Akron & Wake Forest).