NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Damian Gallegos is spending a final year on the West Las Vegas High School soccer field that he and the others will always remember. In five games, the talented running back has scored 26 touchdowns, behind 890 rushing yards and 1,200 versatile yards.
“I had a good idea that I was going to do well this year, but I didn’t think I would do that much, I guess,” said Gallegos.
West Las Vegas Adrian Gonzales could tell that Gallegos was talented early in his career. “When he was in his sophomore year he was splitting his time in the backfield with another guy and you could see he was a pretty good running back at the time and unfortunately we weren’t able to play his. junior season because of COVID restrictions and stuff like that, ”Gonzales said. “He took a little volume from his sophomore to his senior season and we expected him to be that player.”
After five games this season, the Dons are undefeated, thanks in large part to production from Gallegos. The five-foot-ten, 180-pound Gallegos would love to continue playing after high school, but first he’s just focused on being the best leader he can be. “I knew I was going to be a leader this year,” said Gallegos. “So I had to work really hard so the other guys could see and try to keep up, but the guys are good and we’re still a young team, but the guys come everyday and work hard and they go away. come out pretty well, so I think the sky’s the limit from here.
West Las Vegas will welcome Raton Friday at 7 p.m.
In other sports news, Mountain West published the televised portion of the league schedule on Thursday. UNM Lobos will broadcast 13 of the 18 games at the conference. FS1 will broadcast seven of the Lobos League games while CBS Sports Network will air at 6 p.m. ET.
New Mexico United took a step towards making the playoffs by beating RGV 2-0 on Wednesday night. The three points come with the win that lifted New Mexico from sixth to fourth in the league standings. The top four teams from each division compete in the playoffs. The win over RGV was New Mexico’s first against the club.
“It’s a big win for us,” said NM United head coach Troy Lesesne. “Really, this is a great victory in our conference. We replay them in something like ten days or something like that. They’re going to be just as difficult to play every time they come back here.
New Mexico is in Louisville on Sunday and will host Hartford on Wednesday.
UNM women’s soccer is 2-0 in the Mountain West conference game and 7-2 overall. The Lobos will host a team from Utah State that gave the Lobos a problem in the league last season on Friday. “Last year was the only team that beat us in conference and I think our team is a little bit bitter about it,” said UNM head coach Heather Dyche. “They have a new coach this year who really brought them together. So there seems to be this really positive energy in there. I think it will be a battle between two very good teams with incredibly talented players on the pitch for both groups.
The game against the Lobos and Utah State begins at 7:30 p.m. at the UNM soccer complex on Friday night.