Mustangs Head To Northeast, Face Dartmouth, Harvard

Go smu! Leobardo Vazquez leads the Mustangs in points
Go smu!
Leobardo Vazquez leads the Mustangs in points
Go smu!

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SMU MUSTANGS (0-2-1) at Dartmouth Big Green (1-1)
Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 - Burnham Field - Hanover, N.H. - 6 PM CT

SMU MUSTANGS (0-2-1) at Harvard Crimson (0-1-1)
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 - Soldiers Field Stadium - Boston, Mass. - 12 PM CT

The Mustangs are 2-0 all-time against the Big Green. SMU defeated Dartmouth, 2-1, in overtime on Sept. 16 at the SMU Classic last season. Dartmouth was defeated 1-0 by Providence in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

This is the first ever meeting between the two schools. The Crimson was 2-12-3 last season, picking up both wins at home.

SMU was defeated, 3-1, by No. 3 New Mexico in the Hurricane Classic on Sept. 2. Freshman Leobardo Vazquez opened the scoring with his first career goal in the 19th minute. Sophomore Tyler Engel crossed the ball into the box for Brenden Lee, who fired a shot that was blocked. Vazquez collected the rebound and punched it in for a 1-0 lead.

New Mexico answered in the 25th minute when Michael Calderon sent a corner kick to Adrian Mora Delgado who knocked the ball in from a yard out, knotting the score at one. Blake Smith scored the go-ahead goal for the Lobos with his tally in the 67th minute, and Devon Sandoval added insurance when he knocked home a goal in the 77th minute.

SMU fell, 1-0, to No. 4 USF in the Hurricane Classic on Aug. 31. The game was physical, with the teams combining for 33 fouls and four yellow cards. SMU was forced to play with 10 men after sophomore Andrew Morales picked up a yellow card in the 58th and 67th minutes. The Bulls took advantage of playing a man up when Ben Sweat scored on a goal from three yards out in the 75th minute for a 1-0 USF lead.

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.

SMU has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons and in 16 of the past 18 years. The Mustangs reached the Elite Eight in 2010, taking No. 4 North Carolina to extra time before falling on penalty kicks. Overall, the program has 28 postseason appearances, going 31-22-7. The Mustangs advanced to the College Cup in 2000 and 2005.

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.

The Mustangs return to Westcott Field to host the SMU Classic Presented by Jason's Deli Sept. 14-16. SMU plays Oakland on Sept. 14. The Mustangs topped Oakland, 4-1, at the Hurricane Classic last year. Sophomores Tyler Engel and Damian Rosales scored their first career goals enroute to the SMU win. On Sept. 16, SMU faces a UC-Davis team that went 7-8-4 in 2011. Tulsa will also compete.

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.