ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team opens Conference USA play this weekend with a very difficult test at the South Carolina Gamecocks, who are coming off a 3-1 win over No. 8 Elon Tuesday night. If that doesn’t grab the attention of the newly minted No. 7 Lobos, who are on a five-match winning streak, it should.
“They’re a good team with some real capable players,” UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein said about the Gamecocks. “I sure hope they come out and play us and want to go toe-to-toe. That’s what we look for. We want a game where we can get at them and commit numbers to the attack, and so does the opponent. That’s what makes for an entertaining game.”
Each of UNM’s five wins this season has come by a single goal, so while the Lobos aren’t blowing teams out, they are stepping up and playing well at the right times.
“Little moments dictate outcomes,” Fishbein said. “I feel good about (the team) because we’ve carried play at important times. ... And five of our seven opponents have been in the top 25 when we’ve played them. So we’ve played, and played well against, top teams.”