Aggie Soccer Falls To Bakersfield 2-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies attacked the CSU Bakersfield goal relentlessly Friday afternoon, but only netted one score in falling to the Roadrunners 2-1 in Western Athletic Conference action at the NM State Soccer Athletic Complex.

The Aggies (2-9-0, 1-1-0) outshot the Runners (3-6-2, 1-0-1) 22-19 for the day, equaling season highs with those attempts and the 10 shots on goal.

"We created a lot of opportunities, but we're falling one step behind on the attacking side," said NM State Head Coach Freddy Delgado. "Honestly, we should have scored six-to-eight goals today. We had four balls that hit the post. Some say it's bad luck, but I think we need to take that extra piece of concentration and finish those goals. We can't give chances like that away."

The Aggies 10 shots on goal don't count the shots that ricocheted off the posts and crossbar.

Conversely, the Runners had eight shots on goal on the afternoon, with one additional shot hitting the post.

CSUB got on the board first in the 19th minute, when Sabrina Delgado had a saved shot rebound back to her and scored on the second chance for a 1-0 Runner lead. That advantage held up through halftime.

NM State turned up the attack in the second half and saw it succeed when freshman Aileen Galicia of Indio, Calif./LaQuinta buried a shot from 15-yards out from a clean cross by sophomore Holly Abdelkader of Alta Loma, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory in the 55th minute. It was the fifth goal of the year for Galicia who leads the team in goals and scoring.

The Aggies continued the attack, but the Runners answered the goal in the 63rd minute on Aminah Settles fourth goal of the year off an assist from Alexa Orrante.

NM State continued to pepper senior Runner goalkeeper Tori Ornela who tallied nine saves on the afternoon, but to no avail.

Aggie freshman keeper Rian Nials chalked up six saves for the day.

"No disrespect for Bakersfield, but I feel like we walked off of this field letting this game get away from us," said Delgado. "I felt like we were the better team. I felt like we dominated play and I felt like we should have won the game. But we take chances off and we walk away without the victory."

The Aggies close a three-game WAC homestand on Sunday when Grand Canyon visits the Soccer Athletic Complex.