NMSU Soccer Defeats Rio Grande Rival UNM 1-0 With Last Minute Goal

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It was an incredible finish for the New Mexico State women’s soccer team as they defeated their in-state rival New Mexico, 1-0, Thursday evening for the first time in program history. This is also the first time NM State has swept both rivals.

“This game, you don’t need to talk to your players about motivation,” Delgado said about Fong and the team’s motivation. “It’s already there. It was there yesterday in training and it was there when I saw some of the girls on campus today. It was there when they walked into the locker room. The motivation is there. Some of our players had some extra motivation, like Dmitri. She was a transfer from UNM, so she had something to prove. We had a couple of our other girls on our team that have ties with some of the other players, so there’s something to prove.”

Junior forward Audriana Chavez came out big at the 90 minute mark, putting the ball in the net to get NM State (2-0-1) the coveted win. Redshirt freshman Dmitri Fong came out strong for the Aggies once again with seven saves. Fong knew there was something more to prove in this game, having transferred to NM State from New Mexico (1-2-0).

“I did have some moments where I was getting nervous and I really wanted to do well for the team,” Fong said. “I just knew I had to motivate myself somehow, so I got with the girls and we all talked and we really knew we had to step it up this game.”

Despite the Aggies being outshot by New Mexico, 18-6, they still stood their ground defensively. With NM State coming fresh off of a win against Battle of I-10 rival, UTEP, head coach Freddy Delgado and the entire squad had it in their goals to defeat their northern counterpart.

“It’s a huge step for our program,” said Delgado. “Our group is a good group. We have confidence in ourselves, but you need results. You need results to fulfil that confidence and this group hung in there. As the game was going on, New Mexico started pressing us in the second half. We just absorbed it, but you never saw any type of panic. They had this quiet confidence that we were going to get our chance. When we got the chance, they put it away.”

“It means so much to us,” said Fong. “It shows that we’re a really strong team. It shows that we’re ready to come out this season and make a point to everyone that New Mexico State is ready to come and play.”

NM State now hits the road for a pair of road matches against Grambling State (Aug. 26) at 4 p.m. and Alcorn State (Aug. 28) at noon.