UNM cancels women's soccer season opener due to investigation

Posted at: 08/19/2014 3:25 PM
Updated at: 08/19/2014 5:32 PM
By: Blair Miller, KOB.com

The University of New Mexico Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs announced Tuesday that the first UNM women's soccer game at Texas Tech, scheduled for this Friday, is cancelled due to the investigation into a possible hazing incident that occurred August 17.

The women's soccer team will now open their season on Sept. 5 against Marquette in the Colorado College Invitational.

"We are continuing to interview student-athletes and investigate what happened on Sunday night," Krebs said Tuesday. "I've consulted with Texas Tech, and in light of our continuing investigation, we have decided to cancel the game."

At least two players have already left the team and dropped out of school.

The hazing investigation stems from allegations that freshmen on the women's soccer team were forced to strip naked, consume large amounts of alcohol and were sprayed with urine Sunday night. Two of the players were taken to UNM Hospital due to excessive alcohol consumption.

According to  a UNM Police report, campus cops got a call from a student in a dormitory Sunday night,  who said an 18-year-old girl was extremely drunk, vomiting and having trouble breathing. Police said they found another young woman in the dorm apartment who was having trouble standing up, and a third young woman who also appeared to be drunk. One girl said they were soccer players who had taken part in an off-campus initiation event that included drunkenness and nudity.

A parent of one of the players and a local lawyer who has been retained by one of the players both confirmed the allegations. 

UNM's home opener is scheduled for Sept. 12 when it takes on Loyola-Chicago at 7 p.m.