Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Mexico Cancels Women's Soccer Opener Over Hazing Investigation

((HT: KOB-TV))

This weekend was supposed to be the opening of the New Mexico Lobos women's soccer season- a home game against Texas Tech.

That got wiped off the board as the school is in the middle of an investigation of an alleged hazing incident from the weekend.

Here's the latest out of Albuquerque

The hazing investigation stems from allegations that the freshmen who have left the team are now making against the women's soccer program. A parent of one of the players who left and a lawyer now associated with the case have been retained by one of the players- both confirmed the allegations made in the case.

“We are continuing to interview student-athletes and investigate what happened on Sunday night,” UNM Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs said when asked about the investigation. “I’ve consulted with Texas Tech, and in light of our continuing investigation, we have decided to cancel the game.”

The game won't count in the standings (as a win or a loss) since the 2014 NCAA Soccer Rulebook's Rule 7.4 states, "When a scheduled game is terminated before it begins, it is recorded as 'no contest.' Neither team is credited with a win or loss, regardless of the reason the game was terminated."

UNM women's soccer practice was canceled Tuesday and the first home game (now) is listed as being September 12th.

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