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Father says daughter left UNM soccer team after similar hazing

Updated: 08/19/2014 10:24 PM | Created: 08/19/2014 9:43 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and Blair Miller, KOB.com

The father of a former UNM women's soccer player says the allegations that surfaced about a hazing incident Sunday night, when freshman players were allegedly forced to drink excessive alcohol, strip naked and sprayed with urine, don't sound too far-fetched.

A police report says two freshmen went to the hospital for intoxication and a third had to be treated by medical responders after Sunday's incident.

The university has cancelled the team's Friday season opener at Texas Tech. 

The Albuquerque father, who only wants to be identified as Doug, says his daughter left the UNM women's soccer team and the university after the same sort of freshman initiation last year.

"When I heard the story last night, I thought, 'you know, this is the same type of situation that my daughter was subject to when she entered into the program,'" Doug said.

"Ever since I can remember, she wanted to be a Lobo, wanted to play Division I soccer," he said. And last year, his daughter's dreams came true when she accepted a soccer scholarship to play at UNM.

It was huge for her, Doug said, until her initiation.

"It changed her whole outlook on playing for UNM."

Doug said other players forced her to drink "excessive alcohol" and that other teammates "wrote all kinds of degrading things on her forehead and on the rest of her body that were just vile and horrible."

Doug's daughter told her dad, and though there were thousands of dollars in scholarship money on the line if she quit the team, both thought it may have been an isolated incident until Monday's allegations came to light.

"I realized that, wow, this is not just a one-time thing," Doug said. "This is borderline criminal, what happened to her – being forced to drink."

Doug says he hopes anyone else who knows about hazing within the women's soccer team will come forward like he has.

His daughter left UNM after her freshman year and is playing soccer elsewhere now.

She says she was initiated there too – her teammates made her sing karaoke.


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