Aggie Soccer Falls To Weber State, 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies played 70 strong minutes on Friday, but Weber State took advantage of some Aggie errors to grab a 3-1 victory in non-conference play at the NM State Soccer Athletic Complex.

"We lost our focus for about 20 minutes in the game and it cost us," said NM State soccer coach Freddy Delgado. "We played well for 70 minutes and our attacking was fluid. We just have to find a way to play well for 90 minutes."

The Wildcats (3-2) grabbed the advantage with two goals less than 30 minutes in the game.

Weber State's Mackenzie Harrison got a strong feed from Madison Garlock and Stacy Blair for the contest's first goal in the 27th minute.

A little more than a minute later, it was Garlock who quickly gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead on a quick cross from Joanna Matyjasik to score.

The Aggies regrouped and got an answering goal a short time later.

Aileen Galicia centered the ball to Holly Abdelkader on the attack in the 34th minute. Abdelkader shot through three defenders and buried in the net to pull within one.

The second half saw NM State playing strong defense, until a slip with just less than seven minutes to play.

That's when Stacy Bair slipped a pass through the 18-yard box to a wide open Chansi Crompton who took away the Aggies hopes with her goal in the 84th minute.

Weber State outshot the Aggies 18-9 in the contest, 7-4 in shots on goal.

Aggie goalkeeper Ashley Martin, making her first start, recorded four saves in the contest. WSU's Nikki Pittman tallied three saves in the game.

"We're a young team," said Delgado. "We had eight freshmen starters on the field and we're still learning the college game. When we can get that first win, others will follow."

The Aggies continue their three-game homestand on Sunday afternoon when the Lamar Cardinals visit the Soccer Athletic Complex. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.