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Aggie Soccer Defeats Fresno State 2-0 | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Aggie Soccer Defeats Fresno State 2-0

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Lauren CopeThe Aggie soccer team won their fifth consecutive match on Friday night defeating conference foe Fresno State 2-0 in Fresno, Calif. Coach Needham was very proud of the way his kids played on Friday night saying afterwards, "We didn't play our best soccer but we definitely played with our best resolve and our best battle."

The Aggies took the lead early in the first half on a goal by Lauren Cope in the 14th minute off an assist by Crystal Burns. It was Cope's third goal of the season and third goal in as many matches. "We scored a great goal. Crystal Burns, who is turning into an assist machine, she's so dangerous that people have to deal with her and she just slipped the ball in between two players and Copey ran onto it and made a great first touch to cut the defender off and then she kind of lifted it over into the top corner off the inside of the post. It was just a great goal." For Burns it was her third assist on the season.

The Aggies took a 1-0 lead into halftime and then with time winding down in the second half the Aggies put the match away. Jazmin Cardoso sealed the match for the Aggies scoring on a penalty kick in the 86th minute.

Aggie goal keeper Katie Graul recorded her second shutout victory in WAC play. Graul recorded six saves on the night. Coach Needham spoke highly of his senior leader after the match, "It means something to her. I've noticed a lot of difference in her in the past three weeks." He added, "Really in the last two and a half to three weeks she's embraced being a captain, she's embraced being a leader on the team and it just really means a lot to her. You've got to have a lot of respect for a kid like that."

For the Aggies it was their fifth victory on the road this season as the Aggies continue to play great soccer away from home. "I think a lot of it is that we don't really care where we play. We do the same thing, we work hard, we work hard for each other. They just battle," said Coach Needham. He added, "They're just tough kids. We did a great job today." The five wins away from Aggie Memorial Stadium are the most on the road of any team in the WAC.

The Aggies improve to 8-5-0 on the season and 3-0-0 in WAC play and remain in first place after earning another three points to bring their conference total to nine points. The Aggies now travel to San Jose to take on the Spartans. SJSU is riding an eight match unbeaten streak and is 7-0-1 in that span. The Aggies and Spartans are the league's two hottest team and after a combined 0-7 start from the two squads the Aggies and Spartans have combined to go 15-2-1 in the past 18 matches they've played. "San Jose State is good, they're rolling. They're good, especially at home, they play on turf at Spartan Stadium. It'll be a war the whole game, it'll be tough," said Coach Needham of the Spartans. "We'll rebound from this game and try to get them wound up again for Sunday."