NMSU Soccer Loses 2-1 At SMU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DALLAS, TX - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team fell shy of the win after being dealt a 2-1 loss by SMU Friday afternoon. The Aggies fall to 5-6-1 on the season with one match remaining in the non-conference season.

NM State struggled for part of the first half after being outshot by SMU, 22-1. At 8:49, goalkeeper Dmitri Fong made a great save against SMU’s Lauren Harrington, but Blaire Thorpe took a shot at the goal immediately after and got the ball around Fong, setting the Aggies behind 1-0. At the 25th minute of play, forward Devin Hart made a move to steal the ball and quickly passed it to Audriana Chavez, who scored the equalizing goal against SMU goalkeeper Catie Brown. Entering halftime, the Aggies trailed 2-1 after Harrington scored what would be the final goal for the Mustangs.

“The first half, we came out and had a game plan of trying to press them high,” head coach Freddy Delgado said. “We made a mistake on the back and they were able to capitalize. I was very impressed by how we responded because we continued to press forward and kept our heads up. We stuck to the game plan and a few minutes later it paid off and the high pressure resulted in a goal. They had the run-of-play throughout the game and of course they outshot us, but we continued to press and stuck together.”

The Aggies’ defense came out strong in the second half, holding SMU (5-3-3) scoreless despite being outshot 21-0. Fong showed her strength at the goal the entire match, holding her opponents to two goals and walked away having 13 saves after facing 43 shots.

“It’s great having Dmitri back,” Delgado said. “Anytime you’re missing a big part of your team, it’s great to have them back. I think Ashley (Martin) did a very good job for us while she was in there, but Dmitri came in and showed today that she is one of the best goalkeepers in our conference. She was the difference maker today. Everybody was calm because they knew she was going to have a great performance, and she did.”

New Mexico State returns to the Soccer Athletic Complex for the final non-conference game of 2017 as they host Arizona Christian on Monday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.