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Men, women to be tested

The New Mexico men’s soccer team will be at home for its Lobo Invitational today and Sunday, while the UNM women will take part in some California dreaming.

The ninth-ranked Lobo men (2-0-1) face Santa Clara today at 7 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Broncos (0-3-0) are coming off a loss to Stanford.

Lobo coach Jeremy Fishbein said Santa Clara has nothing to lose and will come in hungry, looking to knock off a ranked opponent.

“That’s a good program with top-notch players,” Fishbein said. “We’ll have our hands full.”

That will be true Sunday, as well, when UNM takes on 11th-ranked Cal State Northridge at 6 p.m. The Matadors (4-0) have outscored their opponents by a total of 11-3.

A majority of UNM’s starters played all 214 minutes last week in a tie against VCU and a win over Georgetown on the road.

“We’re going to have to get some other guys in that rotation in the midfield,” Fishbein said. “I didn’t feel Sunday was the time. But the challenge to our lower-minute players is that they are ultimately going to dictate a lot of games. They have to be good, they’ve got to be hungry, and they’ve got to keep getting better.”

Kit Vela is taking her Lobos (2-4-0) to the Saint Mary’s Classic in Moraga, Calif. They face the host Gaels (2-4-0) today at 5 p.m., then take on Pacific (0-4-1) at noon Sunday.

Vela, in her 13th season at UNM, said this is the best team she’s had. The Lobos’ four losses have come to teams with a combined record of 18-2-3.

She said the Lobos can be “as good as they want to be, once they find some chemistry in front of the net. … This is an amazing group of young women.”