Recent events notwithstanding, the University of New Mexico men’s soccer team plans to attack this season – which opens Friday at home against No. 22 Seattle – the same way it does every other season: stepping on the pitch looking to come away with a victory.
“I don’t think it’s a motivational tool,” Lobos coach Jeremy Fishbein said of the recent UNM Board of Regents decision to uphold the school’s administrative recommendation to eliminate the program after this season. “Our guys are about this season. These are experienced, talented players. They want the team to win. They want to win for the school. They want to win for the city. They want to win for the state. And they also have individual goals. They’re a pretty focused group.”
The Lobos program, which has twice reached the sports College Cup for the top four teams in the country and once played in the championship game, was axed along with men’s and women’s skiing and beach volleyball in the wake of budgetary and Title IX issues.
But holding a grudge or being resentful will not help the situation, Fishbein said.