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The final score (55-21) of the Mustang's tilt against Northern Arizona University may not look like an improvement over week one, but Coach Frank Tristan said his team met several of the goals he set for them. Not all of them, but some significant ones.
The head coach wanted to his team to stay competitive with the Football Championship Series Lumberjacks, especially in the first half of the game. Western trailed 15-6 at the end of the first quarter but it wasn't just the score that pleased Tristan. While the Lumberjacks did score on their first two possessions, Western had chances to stop them on third down. While they didn't, Tristan felt it was not because his defense made critical errors, it was because NAU just has better athletes.
The Western New Mexico volleyball team opened up the Skyhawk Volleyball Tournament this evening against the host, Fort Lewis (2-3). The match was the home opener for the Skyhawks and match one of the three day, five team tournament held in Whalen Gymnasium.
WNMU 2 - Fort Lewis 3 (25-17, 25-19, 22-25, 17-25, 14-16)
WNMU football didn't get the win they had hoped for in the season opener. They did get a better idea of how expectations will meet reality and what the team needs to do to improve and put some 'W's' in the win column.
Going into the Saturday night tilt against Ottawa University AZ, Coach Frank Tristan believed the Mustangs were superior physically and that assessment was correct. However, it didn't translate into the advantage that the staff had anticipated.
Mental errors on both sides of the ball allowed the Spirit to stay in the game. Coach Tristan pointed to fumbles offensively that not only stopped Mustang drives but kept his team from building multi-score leads. Three third and long conversions allowed by the Stang defense turned into 2 touchdowns for the home team which kept them in the lead or tied.
WNMU women's golf completed their season opening tournament by finishing 10th at the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invite hosted by UC Colorado Springs. Dixie State held on for the win.
While Western was finished the tourney in the same position they held after the first round, they got there in a very different fashion. The team score was identical, 327 in both rounds. Only 7 strokes separated the 7 Lady Stang participants on the first day. That was quite different on day 2.
WNMU women's golf will open the season headed north to face several former Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes in the UC-Colorado Springs participating in the Farmer's Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational.
At the completion of round 1 over the par 72 Pueblo Country Club track, Western sits alone in 10th place posting a team score of 327, 29 over par. Dixie State leads with a team score of 300, five shots better than second place than Regis University and Colorado Mesa. Eight teams are then bunched between 312 and 319.
In their season opener the Mustangs traveled Spirit Field on the campus of Ottawa University – Arizona. In a tightly contested match, a last minute touchdown by the Spirit lifted them to a 38-31.
Western New Mexico 31 – Ottawa (AZ) 38
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Western New Mexico 10 14 7 0 31
OUAZ 10 14 7 7 38
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