New Mexico soccer begins conference tournament play

Isabel Gonzalez

The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team begins Conference USA Tournament play on Wednesday afternoon.

The regular season did not go smoothly for the Lobos, who opened up strong with a win over the then-No. 22 Seattle but then went on to finish with a 4-11-1 overall record. Their 2-5-1 conference record allowed then to barely sneak into the C-USA tournament. This is the 10th straight year the Lobos appear in a conference tournament.
New Mexico now gets to start its “second season” as the No. 7-seed Lobos take on the No. 2- seed Old Dominion Monarchs. When the two teams met earlier this season, ODU left Albuquerque with a 2-1 victory.
The Monarchs finished the regular season with a 10-4-2 overall record and 6-2 in C-USA play. In the defense, junior goalkeeper Mertcan Akar tallied 40 saves in 16 games played. The attacking third is led by senior forward Max Wilschrey, who has recorded a total of 11 goals and six assists.
Wilschrey is one of two Monarchs who made it to the 2018 1st Team All-Conference. The other is senior midfielder Nike Klosterhalfen. Both players are from Germany,
New Mexico is represented in that same list by redshirt defender Tom Smart.
Click here for all New Mexico players who received All-Conference USA recognition.