SMU Men’s Soccer is a Top Contender in Conference USA

Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra

The SMU Men’s Soccer team is the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA tournament, which will decide the Conference USA champion and guarenteed representative into the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

The Conference USA tournament is being held November 7-11 at West Campus field in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

SMU has a bye in the first round, so the Mustangs’ will play the winner of the Kentucky-Memphis match at 5 p.m. Friday, November 9. The tournament semifinals are on November 9 and the championship match is on November 11.

SMU clinched the Conference USA regular season title in late October with a 6-2 record in conference play, and a 10-4-3 record overall.

“We are extremely proud of the players and coaches for winning the Conference USA regular season title,” head coach Tim McClements said. “One of our major goals at the start of the season was to win the conference, and we are proud to secure the title with a game in hand. We have a young team, but we have great senior leadership; the players have done a great job.”

The Mustangs are led by junior goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra and sophomore forward Tyler Engel.

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