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UNM women set to face Denver in soccer exhibition

Albuquerque native Heather Dyche makes her spring home debut as head coach of the University of New Mexico women’s soccer program Saturday at the UNM Soccer Complex.

The Eldorado grad will lead her Lobos against Denver University beginning at 11 a.m.

Denver was rated the No. 1 school to play college women’s soccer in a poll released this year by USA Today. The poll was based on athletic and academic success.

Sophomore forward Angelica Pacheco of Taos is listed on Denver’s spring roster. The Pioneers, who compete in the Summit League, were 10-8-2 last season.

Dyche, who served as a director for the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association and for the Rio Grande Rapids soccer club, is the fourth head coach in the program’s history. She also worked on the staff of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The Lobos began spring exhibition play with a 3-0 loss to Arizona State and a 6-1 loss to BYU last month in Tempe, Ariz.

UNM also has a home match scheduled at 10 a.m. April 12 against Fort Lewis.

UNM MEN: New Mexico concludes its spring home schedule Saturday when it faces Air Force at 1:30 p.m. at Robertson Field.

“Air Force always presents a great challenge,” Lobos coach Jeremy Fishbein said. “They’re a team that loves to play against us, and they’re confident against us.”

… UNM will hold its elite, developmental and high school camps in July. Go to lobosocceracademy.com for information.

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