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Women’s soccer: UNM will face Boise State

SAN DIEGO – The New Mexico Lobos women’s soccer team begins its quest for an NCAA Tournament spot as it opens play Tuesday in the Mountain West Conference championship tournament.

The Lobos (7-2-2, 9-5-2) are the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 Boise State (6-5-0, 9-8-3) at 5 p.m. today in the six-team, single-elimination event. The tournament winner gets an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The UNM-Boise State winner will play second-seeded Wyoming at 5 p.m. in the semifinals on Thursday.

The Lobos are coming off a 2-1 win over San Diego State, which won its third straight regular-season MWC championship and is the two-time defending tournament champion.

UNM has won three matches in a row, including beating Wyoming, and is 8-2-2 in its last 12 games.

Junior midfielder Dylann O’Connor, who was named MWC offensive player of the week, has led New Mexico in scoring in each of the past two seasons. She had 11 points last season (four goals and three assists) and has 10 points this season (three goals and four assists).

UNM junior goalkeeper Cassie Ulrich has a 1.09 goals against average this season.

The MWC tournament ends Saturday with the championship scheduled for 8 p.m.