Aggie Soccer Defeats Chicago State 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Prior to the start of the season NM State head soccer coach Freddy Delgado said senior leadership was going to be key if the Aggies were to be successful in Western Athletic Conference play.

Sunday afternoon seniors Jennae Cambra and Layla Todd lived up to Delgado’s expectations and each scored goals in the first period en route to a 4-1 win over Chicago State.

“One of the most dynamic duos in the conference,” Delgado said. “Jennae has been the one getting a lot of the goals this year, but Layla has been working extremely hard. Teams have focused on her and left Jennae open. Today, they focused on Jennae and allowed Layla some opportunities.”

NM State struck at 3:05 in the first stanza when sophomore Gabby Campbell found Cambra in front Cougar box and she drilled it past the goalkeeper to give the Aggies an early lead.
At the 19-minute mark, Cambra made a beautiful cross to Todd who then headed it home to give the Crimson and White an imposing 2-0 advantage.

Minutes before the end of the first period freshman Holly Abdelkader netted her second goal of the season and the Aggies entered intermission with a 3-0 lead.

Senior Katie Smith joined the scoring party at 85:20 in the second period when she raced down the right sideline and beat the CSU (1-11-1, 0-3-1 WAC) goalkeeper one-on-one.

NM State used a balanced offensive attack that saw four different goal scorers.

“It feels great to have four different players score,” Delgado said. “We know that one of our strengths is to attack from different angles and it was nice to see it come to fruition today.”

Delgado was high on the play of Campbell, who recorded two assists.

“She did a great job today,” Delgado added. “She passed the ball well and did things that don’t show up in the box score. She continues to get better.“

NM State controlled the tempo on offense throughout the match and outshot CSU 22-2, including 13-1 in the first period.

The Aggies (3-12-0, 2-3 WAC) conclude their four-game home stand next weekend against Seattle U and Utah Valley.