Aug. 15, 2014
|SMU vs. Houston Baptist|
|Date & Start Time||Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. CT|
|Match Notes||Match Notes (.pdf)|
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DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU men's soccer team begins preseason action on Sunday with its first of three exhibition matches at Westcott Field. The Mustangs host in-state foe Houston Baptist at 7:30 p.m. CT.
SMU will use this match, in addition to games against UT Dallas and Incarnate Word to prepare for its first regular season road trip when the Mustangs will face Michigan State on Aug. 29 and Michigan on Aug. 31.
The Mustangs return 12 letterwinners to the program, while welcoming 10 fresh faces.
SMU kicks-off 2014 with a trio of exhibition matches at Westcott Field. On Sunday, the Ponies host Houston Baptist, and matches with UT Dallas (Aug. 20) and Incarnate Word (Aug. 23) wrap up preseason action.
Returning For More
The Mustangs return 12 letterwinners from the 2013 squad, including point leader and senior Andrew Morales. In his two seasons at SMU, Morales has totaled eight goals and five assists. Also returning is senior Damian Rosales, who was a unanimous preseason all-conference selection a season ago. Rosales has 56 matches under his belt in a Mustang uniform, the most of any current player.
Welcome To The Hilltop
The Mustangs welcome 10 student-athletes to the Hilltop for the 2014 season, including a pair of transfers who enrolled during the spring semester. The 2014 fall enrollees include seven true freshmen and a junior transfer.
Scouting The Huskies
Houston Baptist finished the 2013 season 9-7-2, with a 4-4-2 record in the Western Athletic Conference. Their season ended with a 2-1 loss to Air Force in the conference tournament's quarterfinals. HBU returns its top scorer from a season ago in Tobenna Uzo, who scored 11 goals, which was good for a team-leading 22 points. In goal, Kevin Suarez is back for 2014 after starting 11 matches and posting a 1.55 goals-against-average a season ago.
The Mustangs are 3-0-1 all-time versus Houston Baptist including a 2-0 victory in their last meeting during the 1988 season.
Dallas native Rosales, who was honored as a first-team selection, was a unanimous All-American Athletic Conference preseason selection a season ago and started all 17 matches for the Mustangs. In 2013, he was tied for second on the team in assists, and he enters the 2014 season with 56 appearances in an SMU uniform, the most of any current Mustang.
Second-team selection Morales, who is in his third season on the Hilltop, led SMU in goals and total points in 2013. The Rocky Mount, North Carolina, native played in all 17 matches. Speed was also named to the second-team after appearing in every game a season ago.
In 2013, Rosales and Speed were honored as first-team selections, while Morales earned a second-team nod.
In its second year of existence, The American men's soccer standings will have a slightly different look. 2013 regular season champion Louisville no longer holds a date on the Mustangs' schedule, as they have moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Rutgers, a team SMU beat a season ago, has left for membership in the Big Ten.
New to the Ponies' American schedule, but very familiar in history, is Tulsa. SMU will see Tulsa twice this season (Conference Sept. 26; Non-Conference Oct. 22) and holds a 27-7-3 all-time record against the Golden Hurricane.
The conference's 2013 tournament champion USF is receiving votes in the NSCAA Division I Preseason Poll, along with Tulsa. Connecticut, a team that reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, sits at No. 8 in the poll.