NMSU Soccer Falls To Utah Valley 2-0 In WAC Tournament First Round

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The NM State women’s soccer team saw its season come to a close Thursday afternoon at the Durwood Soccer Stadium as it fell to Utah Valley 2-0.

Possessing the ball was once again the crux for NM State as it got outshot by UVU 21-6 and held without a shot on goal the entire game.

Possession was very back-and-forth in the opening minutes of the first half between NM State and Utah Valley. Then, in the 12th minute of the game, the Aggies had trouble clearing the ball inside the box that UVU’s Libby Weber took advantage of and sent into the back of the net.

The Aggies, however, were able to head into the break only down 1-0 thanks to Ashley Martin, who tallied four saves against 12 shots – five of which came on goal. With her save at the 23:09 mark, Martin became the Aggies’ all-time leader in saves.

With Raeann Garcia in goal to start the second-half, Utah Valley wasted no time to test the freshman keeper as the Wolverine’s Alexis Peterson sent a howling shot that Garcia was able to pull down. Moments later, senior Gabby Campbell dribbled past her defender and lace a shot at the net that sliced wide.

UVU continued to press against the Aggies and broke through in the 59th minute on the foot of Sheridan Fox to take a 2-0 lead over NM State.

At the 79:19 mark, NM State had a free-kick opportunity just outside the box after UVU’s keeper was assessed a yellow card for a handball. However, Galicia’s shot sailed just high of the crossbar.

The score remained 2-0 the remaining 10:41 minutes of play as Utah Valley moved on to the semifinals to face the top-seeded Redhawks of Seattle U in the conference tournament.

Aileen Galicia finished the season with a team-leading 17 points (7g, 3a), followed by Audriana Chavez with 11 points (4g, 3a). Martin wrapped up her sophomore campaign with 88 saves and pushed her career total to 146. The 88 saves for Martin is good for second-most in a single-season at NM State as she edged Taylor Rice (87, 2014).

Kelly Burton and Zorena Hazen finished the season with their second-straight starts – third on the season by Burton…NM State has finished with five wins for the fourth-straight season…Campbell finishes her career in Crimson & White tied for the program lead with 81 games played…with today’s start, Martin heads into her junior season with 24 career games played in goal and 11 shy of passing Jessica Schutter (34, 2009-13) for the all-time lead.