Off an impressive season-opening road swing that yielded victories at Colorado State and Wyoming, the 2-0 New Mexico soccer women play their home soccer opener Saturday vs. Utah State (0-2). The game begins at 6:30 and streams on themw.com.
Attendance at the UMM Soccer Complex will be limited to the 25 percent facility capacity as mandated by the state public health order. Any tickets available on game day will require credit or debit cards, and UNM is encouraging buying in advance using a mobile or print-at-home option.
Gwen Maly, a 5-foot-10 fifth-year senior from Lake Forest, Calif., is off to the hot start offensively with five points already, including the lone goal in the 1-0 win at Wyoming that followed a 4-1 romp at Colorado State. UNM has won four straight in the series.
n In Las Cruces, NMSU (3-6-0) hosts Rio Grande Valley for an 11:30 a.m. match, NMSU’s first at home. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and walk-up tickets only will be for sale.
BASEBALL: In Las Cruces, New Mexico State athletics welcomed back competition to campus with a 17-3 win over Dixie State in the opener of a four-game set.
Its COVID numbers now place Doña Ana County in yellow status, allowing home competitions and fans to watch in limited capacity. NMSU announced a turnout of 212 for Friday’s game at Presley Askew Field.
The blowout, however, meant fans only got to see seven innings as a result of the mercy rule. Cal Villareal blasted a grand slam in the second inning, and the Aggies (2-6) scored 12 runs in the fourth inning vs. Dixie State (0-8, 0-1). The teams play a 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader.
SOFTBALL: In Lubbock, Texas, New Mexico lost a doubleheader, 7-3 and 6-0 to host Texas Tech (11-8). UNM fell to 1-17, its lone victory over Southern Utah in the third game of the season. Andrea Howard homered in the first game, and Rachael Hathoot’s single was the Lobos’ lone hit in the nightcap. The two teams play again Saturday.
MEN’S TENNIS: In its home opener at McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium, New Mexico fell 4-2 to Denver (8-2), the 2-5 Lobos’ fourth straight loss. Sophomore Raul Dobai got his first win at No. 1 singles for UNM, which plays at Cal Poly on Monday.
• In Sacramento, Calif., Louis Menard won his fourth straight match at No. 1 singles for New Mexico State (2-8), which fell 4-3 to Nevada (2-3) at the Golden State Invitational. NMSU returns to action Saturday vs. UC Davis.