Aggie Soccer Drops Season Opener At UTEP, 5-0

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team did not get the result it wanted in its 2016 season opener Friday night at University Field, falling 5-0 to I-10 rival UTEP.

After a back-and-forth start with both attacking fronts getting good looks at the goal, the Miners were able convert on their second corner kick opportunity at the 14:30 mark on a header by Aleah Davis.

"I was proud of the way we played I the first half," Aggie head coach Freddy Delgado said. "In the second half, we allowed an early goal and our youth and inexperience showed through. We know what we're capable of and we're much better than what the scoreboard showed tonight."

Sophomore Audriana Chavez had a point-blank shot with 37:30 on the clock from a Micaela Milavec corner kick, but the Miners’ keeper somehow found a way get a handle on the shot. The Aggies had a couple more opportunities in the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Before the first minute could pass in the second half, UTEP’s Bri Barreiro shot found the back of the net at the 45:51 mark after the throw in. The UTEP attacking front kept pressure on the Aggie defense and eventually tacked on another goal with 67:25 on the clock.

After the surrendering the fourth goal of the match with 73:07 on the clock, NM State made a switch in the cage as Ashley Martin along with several other players on the attacking front. Devon Hart was sent off with 80:41 on the clock after hard slide tackle near the Aggie bench.

With 84:02 on the clock, the Aggie defense was called for a handball in the box which allowed the Miners go ahead 5-0 and remained the same the rest of regulation.

POSTGAME NOTES: With the loss, NM State now trails UTEP 6-0 in the all-time series and 0-3 when opening its season on the road against the Miners…The Aggies are now 1-6-1 all-time in season-opening matches…Raeann Garcia, Cristina Bertoldo, Jess McDow, Valerie Maestas and Danielle Smith saw action for the first time Friday donning the Crimson & White…Hart’s red card in the second half was the first red card in program history for NM State since the program started in 2009.