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College soccer: Lobo men play (closing?) opener in UNM doubleheader

There seemingly will be opportunities for somebody — well-heeled individual donors, next year’s legislature, a new governor, a new board of regents — who still could find a way to save University of New Mexico men’s soccer.

But failing that, Friday night is the closing opener.

It’s a tough one for the Lobos, who host No. 22 Seattle University at 7 p.m. at the UNM Track and Soccer Complex. It’s the back end of a doubleheader — the 0-1 Lobo women play their home opener against Pacific at 5 p.m.

Lobo men’s coach Jeremy Fishbein has called the fight to save the program, axed by athletic administration and the Board of Regents effective after this season, “the most challenging, thought-provoking and energy draining experience of my life.” And that’s before what promises to be a challenging season begins.

It’s an ambitious two-game home-stand for the Lobos, who also host No. 24 Washington on Monday at 7.

In exhibition games, the Lobos beat Division II West Texas A&M 5-2 and tied Denver (2-2) and Air Force (1-1).

The Lobo women lost their opener 2-0 at Texas Tech, where UNM goalkeeper Emily Johnson made seven saves, including one on a breakaway. Friday is the first of consecutive home games for the women’s team, which hosts Idaho State on Sunday.

Fans should know that there is a $5 charge for parking due to an Isotopes home game going on concurrently with the Lobo soccer doubleheader.

NMSU: The Aggie women, off to an 0-2 start under first-year coach Rob Baarts, play Friday night at Northern Arizona. NMSU’s home opener is Sunday against Pacific.