Senior Jaime Ibarra
Aug 22, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU men's soccer team hosts Houston Baptist for its final preseason tune-up on Saturday at Westcott Field. Kick-off is slated for 5 p.m. and admission to the contest is free.
Starting Off Right...
The Mustangs started the 2013 season with a 3-1 victory over Oral Roberts in their first exhibition contest. Sophomores Michael King, John Lujano and Will Smith each scored for SMU, while juniors Andrew Morales and Edu Aranda and freshmen Stanton Garcia and Nicholas Petrucelli were credited with assists. Junior Jaime Ibarra and freshman Caleb Underwood each saw action in goal for the Mustangs.
New Team, New Conference...
The 2013 Mustangs were tabbed fourth in the first American Athletic Conference Preseason Poll. SMU follows preseason No. 5 UConn, No. 10 Louisville and USF, who is receiving votes in the poll. Rutgers, Memphis, UCF, Cincinnati and Temple round out the group.
Let The Awards Begin...
Junior midfielder Damian Rosales was a unanimous selection for the American Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference Team. The Dallas native played in 18 matches for the Mustangs in 2012 and registered three assists. As a freshman, Rosales picked up two goals and a pair of assists.
They Don't Stop There...
Damian Rosales and sophomore Jacob Speed were named American Athletic Conference First-Team preseason selections by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Speed, a transfer from Kentucky, saw action in 21 matches for the Wildcats in 2012.
Scouting the Huskies...
Houston Baptist finished the 2012 season 4-10-2 overall and 2-6-2 in Southland Conference action. Senior Kristopher Tyrpak returns as the point leader from last season (4g, 4a), while junior Kevin Suarez started half of the Huskies games in the net in 2012. Suarez finished with 15 goals against, 26 saves and a 2.13 goals against average.
HBU started its preseason slate with a 2-2 draw with Incarnate Word. Seniors Walter Kromholz and John McDuffee tallied a goal each for the Huskies, while junior Kevin Suarez went the distance in the net and racked up four saves.
Six home matches highlight the Mustangs' 2013 schedule, including four against opponents from the new American Athletic Conference. To start the season, the Mustangs take to the road for a pair of tournaments at Indiana and Tulsa. The Jason's Deli SMU Invitational is up next for the squad on Sept. 13 and 15. SMU's first American match at Rutgers is part of a three-match road swing, which includes non-conference matches at Washington and Portland. Louisville comes to the Hilltop on Oct. 6 to start the conference season, and the regular season closes out on Nov. 2 when UConn comes to campus. SMU looks to take the No. 1 seed in the inaugural American Tournament, but will host the semifinal and finals in Frisco, Texas, regardless.