Lobo soccer: Dyche came to UNM for opportunities like Saturday

Heather Dyche hears the knocking.

There is an opportunity at the UNM Soccer Complex on Saturday night – not just for her program to punch a ticket to the NCAA Tournament if it can beat San Diego State for a Mountain West women’s soccer championship, but to help continue a recent feel-good trend on South Campus for an athletic department that has gone through some rough times in recent years.

“It’s why I came here,” Dyche said Friday in a half-hour podcast conversation that can be viewed or listened to on ABQJournal.com/Sports. “And it (hosting and competing for championships is) something I think we should be doing every year, truthfully. I think this university is incredible. I think this state’s incredible. And I think we’re capable of great things.

“To me, it’s certainly a sense of pride because I’m from here, but to have the ability to host a championship game, it’s a huge sense of pride because it doesn’t happen very often. I think opportunity is a good word. It’s not ever guaranteed.”

UNM (9-1, Mountain Division winner) hosts San Diego State (8-2, West Division winner) Saturday with 25% facility capacity allowed in to watch.

The Lobos’ last league title came in 2011, though this will be the third time since Dyche took over the program the team has been in a title match.

Both teams were well represented in all-league honors with Dyche winning Coach of the Year and each team landing five players on the First Team All-Mountain West.

Share Your Story

Nativo Sponsored Content

Ad Tango


taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
Amber Alert issued for 2-year-old Belen girl
ABQnews Seeker
Authorities have issued an Amber Alert ... Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a 2-year-old Belen girl who police say was taken by her father, a suspect in a Monday ...
2
No classes for Rio Rancho schools due to internet ...
ABQnews Seeker
A New Mexico school district has ... A New Mexico school district has canceled class because of an internet service outage. Officials with Rio Rancho Public Schools made the decision not ...
3
'Hamilton' single tickets go on sale Oct. 5
ABQnews Seeker
It's almost time for 'Hamilton.' After ... It's almost time for 'Hamilton.' After a year of reshuffling, the Broadway juggernaut is slated for Jan. 25-Feb. 13, 2022 at Popejoy Hall. Single ...
4
Season with Isotopes was a joy for former Yankee ...
ABQnews Seeker
It isn't as though this is ... It isn't as though this is the most meaningful fall baseball Greg Bird has ever played. After ...
5
The nightmare before Christmas?
ABQnews Seeker
For New Mexicans thinking they'll just ... For New Mexicans thinking they'll just leave holiday shopping until the last minute this year, exper ...
6
Belen tracks down causes of massive water losses
ABQnews Seeker
Consultant's study blames faulty city systems, ... Consultant's study blames faulty city systems, aging infrastructure
7
ABQ vet helps rhinos in South Africa
ABQnews Seeker
Poachers are killing animals in unprecedented ... Poachers are killing animals in unprecedented numbers
8
141 mph on Coal, a too-short arrow, US 550 ...
ABQnews Seeker
NMDOT awaiting funding for US 550 ... NMDOT awaiting funding for US 550 fix
9
Eco-friendly upgrades coming to Sunport
ABQnews Seeker
Zero-emissions passenger shuttle buses among uses ... Zero-emissions passenger shuttle buses among uses of federal money