Aggie Soccer Falls To UMKC 2-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Jennae Cambra scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season, but the Aggie offense struggled to gain traction in the second period and dropped a 2-1 decision to Kansas City Friday afternoon in its Western Athletic Conference home opener.

It didn’t take long for Cambra, who sits atop the NM State record books in goals with 17, to find the back of the net.

At 4:19 in the first period Cambra shrugged off a UMKC defender and raced down the left side and drilled a shot into the goal to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead. It was the fastest goal scored by the Aggies this season.

For the next 30 minutes the NM State defense prevented UMKC (7-3-2, 3-0-0 WAC) from finding consistency on offense. However, at 34:03 the Aggie defense sprung a leak. After a melee in front of the NM State goal, Lauren Zach came away with the ball and one-timed a pass to Emily Herndon who tied it at 1-1. The two teams went scoreless the rest of the first stanza and the match was knotted up at intermission.

At 54:42 the Aggies were called for a hand ball in their box and Ellie Chadick converted the ensuing penalty kick to give the ‘Roos a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Despite the setback NM State head coach Freddy Delgado remained positive.

“The girls were excited to play and were focused,” Delgado said. “Jennae is one of the top goal scorers in the conference and if you give her the opportunity, she’s going to score.”

NM State (2-12-0, 1-3-0 WAC) plays host to Chicago State – a team the Aggies beat 6-1 last weekend – Sunday at 11 a.m.

“The girls have confidence and it was a winnable game today,” Delgado added. “We outplayed them at times and I feel very confident as conference play continues.”