I am so proud to be the head coach of both the Men’s and Women’s Lobos Soccer teams! This year allowed Sul Ross to expand our reach and offer additional opportunities for students to participate in our athletics program. The soccer teams ended the year on opposite ends of the spectrum.
The men took part in its initial season as a NCAA Division 3 soccer program in the American Southwest Conference. Fielding a team composed of mostly freshman with only 3 Juniors, the men were very competitive in every game played. Finishing the year with a 2-13 record, 9 of the defeats were by 1 goal, solidifying the competitiveness of the program. Our first victory as a soccer program was against Hardin Simmons University, a program that annually finishes at the top of the conference standings. Overall, I am very proud of the foundation the men’s team built with their play this year and I am enthusiastic about the future of the men’s program.
The women, in only its fourth year of existence, finished in the top four of the conference. The season was highlighted by the first ever victory over UT Dallas, a program that is constantly ranked in the top 25 in the country. Our women’s soccer team defeated the U.T. Dallas Comets 2-1 in Dallas to snap their 15 game unbeaten streak. The women used that victory to end the season winning 7 of their last 8 games to secure a top 4 spot and the opportunity to host the first ever women’s soccer playoff game here at Sul Ross State University. Unfortunately, we suffered a heartbreaking loss to LeTourneau University in a very exciting game that ended in penalty kicks. The women ended the season with a conference record of 8-3 and an overall record of 9-5-1.
As the coach of these two programs, I had the most fun coaching this season more than any other. Both the men’s and women’s teams accepted every challenge presented to them and exceeded all expectations. Both teams proved themselves as strong competitors with the top teams in our conference. Our goal is to showcase our talent and represent the university in the best way possible, I am positive we achieved this goal as a group. Thank you to everyone in the Sul Ross community and we look forward to your continued support.
Brand ‘Em Lobos!