LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State women’s soccer team scored big Friday. Now, they get a chance to win big.
The Aggies host rival New Mexico today, two days after both teams opened the 2013 season. While NMSU scored three first-half goals in a 3-1 win over visiting Nebraska-Omaha, the Lobos lost 1-0 to visiting Texas Tech.
The Aggies lost 1-0 at UNM last year in double overtime. They are 0-3 all time against the Lobos and 0-1 in Las Cruces, but they come into today’s game with some confidence.
“We have a lot of in-state kids and we have a lot of kids who are returning from last year who were in that game, because that was a very frustrating way to lose to a good team,” Aggies head coach Blair Quinn said. “We are going to have to play faster than we did (Friday).”
The Lobos, meanwhile, mounted little of an attack against the Red Raiders, who had big edges in shots (18-4) and shots on goal (9-0).
UNM 1, DENVER 0: In Denver, Niko Hansen netted the only goal in the 78th minute as the 11th-ranked Lobos pulled out a win in their final exhibition late Saturday night.
The Pioneers outshot the Lobos 15-4, but UNM senior goalkeeper Michael Lisch made six saves and preserved the shutout in a match delayed for more than an hour because of lightning.