NM State Soccer Falls 5-1 At CSU Northridge

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NORTHRIDGE, CA - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team lost at the hands of Cal State Northridge 5-1 on Sunday at the Matador Soccer Field.

The Aggies (0-4) conclude their first road trip of the season by suffering losses at Idaho and Sunday at CSUN (3-1). NM State was outshot 25-11, although the visitors did have more shots than their opponents in the second half, 8-7.

“We’ve started off the season with some tough losses and many of our players are not used to losing,” Aggie head coach Freddy Delgado said. “That fire drives us to improve. We are playing better every match, unfortunately, we’ve run into some good programs.”

NM State freshman Aileen Galicia continues to impress during her first month of collegiate ball. She had the lone goal for the Aggies, a shot from about 30 yards away in the final minute of play. Galicia has the only two goals on the season for NM State. She finished with a total of four shots and three of the Aggies’ six shots on goal.

Freshman Rian Nials made her fourth-straight start for NM State in net. She had five saves in one half of play but allowed three Matador goals. Nials gave way to fellow freshman Ashley Martin in the second half. Martin saw her first action as an Aggie and had a couple of saves while allowing a couple of goals.

CSUN quickly grabbed the lead with a goal in the first five minutes of the match. Matador sophomore Kiley Norkus then put the home team up 3-0 at the half with a goal in the 32nd minute and another 10 minutes later.

NM State would go toe-to-toe with CSUN for most of the second half as neither team could find the back of the net. But with under 10 minutes to play the Matadors would mark their fourth goal and then a fifth with one minute left. Galicia scored for the Aggies 20 seconds after CSUN’s final goal in the final minute of play.

“With each match we are learning about ourselves, which lineups work best, substitution patterns, etc.,” Delgado said. “Even though our progress hasn’t translated to the scoreboard, we still believe in the direction we are going. We know the hard work and the lessons we are learning will pay off come conference season.”

NM State returns home for a three-match stretch beginning with a meeting versus Weber State on Friday, Sept. 4, beginning at 4 p.m. at the NM State Soccer Athletic Complex.