Aggie Soccer Rallies With Three Late Goals To Stun Lamar 4-3

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies grabbed their first victory of the season in an exciting fashion Sunday afternoon, scoring three goals in the final nine minutes to beat Lamar 4-3 at the Soccer Athletic Complex.

The Aggies (1-5) used strong second half offensive attack combined with a pressure defense to wear down the Cardinals (3-3) late.

“We got the monkey off our back,” said NM State head coach Freddy Delgado. “It feels great to get our first win of the season and especially in the way we did it.”

Trailing 3-1 late in the second half, the Aggies used continual defensive pressure to force the Cards to give NM State control in the attacking end.

The Aggies broke through in the 82nd minute to start the barrage when freshman Aileen Galicia of Indio, Calif./LaQuinta got a through ball pass from freshman Sabrina Ruiz of Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia to score her second goal of the game.

Just a minute later, the Aggies used a hurry up throw-in on a restart to get the ball to freshman Samantha Afonso of Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X who delivered a perfect pass to freshman Audrey Chavez of Rio Rancho, N.M./Cleveland. Chavez’ header gave the Aggies the equalizing goal.

With a new enthusiasm, the Aggies turned up the pressure. It paid off in the 88th minute.

Taking the ball on the left sideline, sophomore Holly Abdelkader of Alta Loma, Calif./St. Lucy’s Priory, gathered the ball off a Cardinal, dribbled to an opening just inside the 18-yard box and blasted a shot past LU keeper Lauren Lovejoy to cap an amazing scoring outburst.

“I had challenged the team at halftime,” said Delgado. “We came out to pressure them in the second half and made them keep the ball in their defensive end. I knew if we kept up the pressure it would be a matter of time before we could take advantage.”

The Aggies scored twice off of set pieces, collecting Galicia’s goal in the first half on a corner kick and Chavez’ goal on a throw-in.

“The set pieces worked well and that’s a sign of working hard as a team,” Delgado explained. “It takes a good effort and good fight to make them successful.”

The Cards had taken an early 3-1 lead on a quick goal from Morgan Burden in the sixth minute, then a wide-open shot from Alexus Aviles in the 28th minute.

After NM State got Galicia’s first goal, the Cards scored their third when Aviles buried a shot from the right side on a rebound of Juliana Ocampo’s attempt off of Aggie keeper Ashley Martin.

The Aggies outshot Lamar 22-10 for the game, 16-2 in the second half. Martin had four saves for the contest as the freshman from Rio Rancho, N.M./Cleveland recorded her first collegiate win in goal.

The Aggies are in action again on Wednesday afternoon when they close a three-game homestand with the I-10 rivalry contest against UTEP. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.