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Lobos Host TCU, Head to Texas Tech on Opening Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/15/2012
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 15, 2012

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Lobo Women's Soccer - at UNM Soccer Complex
Who: Lobos vs. TCU Horned Frogs
When/Where: 6 p.m., Friday - UNM Soccer Cmplex
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Albuquerque, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico Lobos have had plenty of training sessions, an intersquad scrimmage, a picture day, a media day, a trip to train in Taos, and plenty of good weather. All that's left is the regular season, and that starts Friday.

The Lobos will open up their 2012 season looking for a third consecutive NCAA College Cup berth. That however is quite a few weeks away. For now, it's the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Tech Red Raiders as the 2012 season gets under way at home against TCU on Friday night at 6 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex. The team faces off with Texas Tech at 11 a.m. Mountain Time on Sunday.

Fans can get tickets for the opening match by calling 925-LOBO and picking up a Lobo Pride Pass, which costs $50 and is good for all women's soccer, men's soccer, volleyball, softball, track, and baseball games. Fans can buy tickets at the UNM Soccer Complex day of the game as well.

UNM is coming off of a 12-5-4 season that saw the squad go a school record 11 straight without a loss, going 9-0-2 in that span. Included was UNM's first conference tournament championship game win, a 2-0 decision over Wyoming as well as a 7-1 win over TCU.

Home is good place for the Lobos, as UNM went 8-1-2 there last season, and UNM is 20-3-3 over the last three years at home, and 28-7-7 in the last five years at home. It is one of just five home games for the Lobos this year, and one of only two single-match nights. The women's team has three doubleheaders with the men's team this year, including the next home game, on September 16 against New Mexico State.

"It's nice to be opening up at home," said head coach Kit Vela. "I think we will have a nice crowd. The girls are eager to play, and our field is in incredible shape. It's a brand new surface."

That new surface was installed over the summer, and while it may not has received the glitz, glam and accolades of the new FieldTurf football field or the new baseball field renovation, the new pitch gives Lobo soccer a perfect carpet of green that will be the envy of many a program on the schedule.

The Horned Frogs went 7-11-1 last year and finished 1-5 in the Mountain West. The Frogs return 11 letter-winners and six starters from a year ago, but they have a new head coach as Eric Bell, formerly the associate head coach at Florida State, takes over. Bell is familiar with the Lobos as UNM lost at Florida State 1-0 last year in a very even game in Tallahassee.

The Red Raiders went 10-8-1 last year, and finished fourth in the Big XII. TTU went 7-4 at home last year and return 19 of 23 letter-winners, but of the four not back, three were starters. The Red Raiders also open their season on Friday night when they host the Idaho Vandals.

"(TCU) is very talented. I think they are raring to go in the Big XII, they have a new coach and so it will be a really good test for us. Then we get on the road and go down to Texas Tech and that starts our long travels. Two great teams...every single team on our schedule is challenging us and preparing us for conference. The idea is to prepare us for the NCAAs so there's no better way to start then with some of the best."

UNM is one of eight conference teams in action on the opening night of the season.

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