Men's Soccer

No. 20 Mustangs Face No. 4 USF, No. 3 New Mexico At Hurricane Classic

Go smu! Eddie Puskarich
Go smu!
Eddie Puskarich
Go smu!

Aug. 29, 2012

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No. 4 USF BULLS (1-0-0) vs. No. 20 SMU MUSTANGS (0-0-1)

Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 - Hurricane Stadium - Tulsa, Okla. - 3 PM
No. 3 NEW MEXICO LOBOS (1-0-0) vs. No. 20 SMU MUSTANGS (0-0-1)
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 - Hurricane Stadium - Tulsa, Okla. - 1:30 PM

The Mustangs are 1-1 all-time against the Bulls. The teams last played in the 2005 SMU Classic, with the home team pulling out a 2-1 double-overtime victory.

SMU holds a 5-3-1 advantage all-time versus the Lobos. The teams last squared off Sept. 15, 2006, at the New Mexico Classic as then-No. 1 SMU and No. 21 New Mexico played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw.

The Mustangs are No. 20 in this week's NSCAA National Rankings.

SMU tied Campbell, 1-1, in the season opener on Aug. 24 at Westcott Field. Freshman Eddie Puskarich put the Mustangs on the board with his goal in the 54th minute. After receiving a feed from fellow freshman Leobardo Vazquez, Puskarich fired a bullet from 25 yards out across the goal, off the crossbar and in for a 1-0 SMU lead. Campbell responded with a goal in the 63rd minute. Mustang goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra had a strong night in net, making eight saves.

Junior Juan Castillo was named to the Preseason All-Conference USA team. Castillo played in 17 games for the Mustangs last season and was second on the team in points (13), goals (5) and game-winning goals (3). He was tabbed Second Team All-C-USA and was named to the NSCAA Midwest Region Second Team in 2011.

Senior T.J. Nelson is captain of the 2012 Mustangs. Over three seasons, Nelson has played in 52 games, scoring two goals and adding five assists. He has helped the Mustangs to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2010, as well as the 2011 C-USA Championship and the 2010 C-USA regular season title. Last year, the midfielder was named Second Team All-C-USA and to the NSCAA Midwest Region Second Team. Nelson served as co-captain with Adam Still last season.

Freshman center back Michael King comes to SMU ranked as the No. 23 player in the nation by College Soccer News, No. 24 and a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer, and the No. 37 prospect by ESPN Rise. King was a member of the U-17 national team and was one of the final 24 players in selection for the U-17 World Cup. He played club soccer for Texas SC Houston.

Sophomore Andrew Morales begins his Mustang career after spending the 2011 season at Duke. Morales started all 22 games at midfield for the Blue Devils where he was named to All-ACC Freshman Team. He ranked third among field players in minutes played, and finished the season with one goal and four assists for six points.

Freshman midfielder Derek Schrick was named the 2012 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, is ranked as the No. 66 player nationally by ESPN Rise and is a TopDrawerSoccer four-star recruit. Schrick was tabbed a 2011 NSCAA High School All-American, the 2011 Missouri State Player of the Year, the 2011 Kansas City Metro Player of the Year and was a 2011 First-Team ESPN Rise Missouri All-State honoree. He played club soccer for the Sporting Kansas City Juniors.

Freshman forward Leobardo Vazquez arrives on the Hilltop as the No. 62 recruit by College Soccer News, is the No. 64 player and a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer, and is the No. 74 prospect by ESPN Rise. He played club soccer for Texas SC Houston.

SMU heads northeast for match ups at Dartmouth on Sept. 7 and at Harvard on Sept. 9. Dartmouth was defeated 1-0 by Providence in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Mustangs defeated the Big Green, 2-1, in overtime on Sept. 16 at the SMU Classic last season.

Season tickets are on sale now for $27. Individual game tickets are $6 for adults, and $3 for children 12 and under. Special group ticket prices are available. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 214-SMU-GAME.



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