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UNM soccer: Women hope to finish their opportunities

The University of New Mexico women try to snap out of an offensive funk today when they play host to UC Davis in a 1 p.m. soccer pairing at the UNM soccer complex.

The doldrums aren’t defined as a lack of opportunities. UNM is creating those.

Never was it more evident than in Friday’s Jack in the Box Classic contest, which UNM lost 2-0 to UC Santa Barbara. The Lobos outshot the Gauchos 16-5. They outshot UCSB on goal 4-2, and that doesn’t count two UNM shots off the frame.

Those don’t count either, alas.

“We created numerous opportunities, and the ball just isn’t going in the back of the net,” UNM coach Kit Vela said.

UC Davis lost Friday 3-0 to No. 19 Texas Tech, which plays UCSB here at 10:30 today, preceding the Lobos’ game.

UNM MEN: The Lobos are coming off a stunning 1-0 loss Friday to Drake before a turnout of 3,004, UNM’s biggest home crowd to date. The Lobos (3-2-1) have lost consecutive games for the first time since the final two matches of the 2010 season.

Coach Jeremy Fishbein’s squad gets to experience how the other half lives at 8 p.m. Monday at UC Santa Barbara – a perennial NCAA attendance leader. The Gauchos are 4-2 after defeating Yale 3-1 on Friday.

NMSU WOMEN: In a quirk of Western Athletic Conference scheduling, the Aggies (3-5-1, 0-1-0) today host the same UMKC team that it lost to 3-0 on Friday night in Kansas City. Game time is 1 p.m.

“We get to turn right back around on Sunday and try to give it right back to them at home,” Aggies coach Blair Quinn said.

ENMU MEN: Albuquerque High grad Jose Hernandez scored the game-winning goal Saturday, giving Eastern New Mexico (3-3-1) a 2-1 overtime win in Portales over Dallas Baptist (1-4).