Behind a first half barrage that saw three different Aggies score goals, the New Mexico State women's soccer team shut out UT-Permian Basin on Wednesday night to improve to 3-4-0 on the season. "The kids played well. We played 21 players, scored three goals, didn't give up any, it was pretty positive night," said Coach Needham after the victory.
Veronica Subu scored the first goal of the match in the 11th minute. For Subu it was her first goal of the season. Jazmin Cardosa fired a rocket from 35 yards out for her second goal of the season and the Aggies' second goal of the first half. "She hit it. Jaz and I talked before the game and I told her I wanted her to have at least five shots tonight and a goal," said Needham. "She definitely tried to fulfill her end of that. She can hit a ball. There's no question about that. We just need to get her to do that more."
Crystal Burns added the third goal in the 32nd minute of the match to give the Aggies a commanding 3-0 lead. For Burns it was her third goal of the season. "It was really an odd shot to get on goal but she actually bent it and I think the wind helped it a little bit," said Neehdam. "She did a really good job."
Coach Needham was pleased with the effort in the shutout and called it the best soccer his team has played so far this season. "We played the best soccer we've played all year in terms of putting the ball on the ground and playing." He added, "The biggest thing is we outscored them 11-3 in the first half and put them under a ton of pressure"
Neither team would score in the second half though there were many good opportunities by both squads.
The shutout marks the first shutout by the Aggies this season as keepers Katie Graul and Jessica Schutter combined for the shutout victory. Schutter entered in the second half seeing her first action in the regular season. "It's very difficult [to come in midway through a match] but I thought Jess did a very good job of that."
Coach Needham attributed Schutter's strong play to her on-field communication. "One of the strongest points for Jess as a goal keeper is that she communicates very well with our back four and we needed that in the second half. They came at us for the first 10 minutes of the second half, they were pressing us pretty hard. She did a nice job of keeping people organized and keeping things going the way we wanted to go." Schutter made a diving save on a cross in the 67th minute to preserve the Aggie shutout. "She did a nice job on that cross. She actually came out and picked the cross off. That was pivotal." Needham added, "For her to be able to come in and hold the shutout for us, I'm very happy with Jess."
The Aggies will take on West Texas A&M on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium.