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Soccer: UNM men, women play day-night twin bill Sunday

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico men (6-4-2, 0-3-0) seek their elusive first Conference USA victory of the season today when hosting UAB tonight at 6 in the back end of a day-night soccer doubleheader. The Lobo women host Fresno State at 1 p.m.

The UNM men are still searching for not only their first win in conference play, but also a complete performance. They have yet to score in both halves of a game this season.

The Blazers (4-7-0, 1-2-0) feature C-USA preseason Offensive Player of the Year Freddy Ruiz. However, UAB has struggled defensively at times and hasn’t shut out anyone this season. UAB’s last outing was a 4-3 come-from-behind win over FIU on Oct. 10.

UAB’s two goalies (Hunter Weber and Joe Kuzminsky) have combined to allow 2.16 goals per game and have saved just 63.6 percent of shots on goal. In addition to Ruiz (4 G, 2 A), UAB can deploy 6-foot-6 defender Ian Svantesson (5 G, 1 A) on set pieces to wreak havoc on the Lobos’ backline.

Despite the presence of Ruiz, the Lobos field the game’s most formidable offensive threat in Chris Wehan. The redshirt junior scored just 35 seconds into UNM’s match against Valparaiso on Wednesday and  has nine goals on the season and 22 in his career, tied for eighth in Lobo history.

The women (6-7-1, 4-2-1), who fell 2-1 in overtime on Friday night at home to San Jose State, have lost two in a row at home.

New Mexico dropped a spot to fourth place in the Mountain West with 13 points. Fresno State (4-9-1, 3-3-1) and Wyoming are tied for fifth with 10 points each.