Aggies Tie Montana In Season Opener 1-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For only the second time in school history, the New Mexico State soccer team ended a match tied after 110 minutes. The Aggies posted a 1-1 tied with Montana after double overtime in NM State’s 2010 season opener.

“I think it was better than on Friday, and this is a work in progress,” head coach Michael Needham said. “As far as our kids’ battle and resolve, to go from 1-0 down to come back and make it 1-1, I was very proud of them for that.”

Sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion tied the match at 1-1 in the 67th minute when sophomore midfielder/forward Crystal Burns found her in the middle of the box. Both the score and assist were the first of the season.

The Aggies trailed 1-0 after Montana’s senior forward Kaitlyn Heinsohn found her own rebound in the middle of the box and scored the first goal of the match in the 11th minute of action.

In her first career start, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner grabbed a match-high five saves. Offensively, the Aggies out-shot the Grizzlies, 18-13, and Burns lead the team with a game-high six shots. After halftime, the Aggies were more aggressive and attacked Montana for a 9-4 advantage in shots.

At the midway point of the first overtime, Bitner made a great diving save when freshman midfielder India Watne was alone at the corner of the box. The Aggies then responded in the final minute of the period when McMillion nearly scored on a header but the ball grazed the crossbar.

NM State continues its home stand and hosts the Hotel Encanto Aggies Classic, Aug. 27 and 29.