NMSU Soccer Drops Season Opener 1-0 At San Diego State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN DIEGO, CA - The New Mexico State Women’s soccer team battled all night, but gave up a late goal in a 1-0 loss against San Diego State Friday night at the San Diego State Sports Deck.

“We let one slip,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “To be fair, we had a great performance, we battled in the first half and played very well in the second half and just couldn’t get it done.”

The Aztecs (1-0-0), who were the preseason favorites to win the Mountain West Conference, set the tone early and controlled the first 20 minutes of the match, but a red card in the 22nd minute against SDSU’s Chloe Frisch seemed to change the momentum. Immediately following Frisch’s sending off, Aileen Galicia had a chance but her header missed high in the 23rd minute.

NM State (0-1-0) had another chance to take the lead before halftime but Emma Smith’s volley in the 39th minute sailed just over the crossbar.

With the Aztecs down to 10 players on the field, the Aggies came out of the half aggressive and dominated possession for large portions of the second half, but couldn’t find the back of the net. A chance from Kelly Burton was saved by Gabby English in the 51st minute and then again once more in the 60th minute on a screamer from Rebecca Mazzie.

New Mexico State also had an opportunity to score in the 58th minute when Emma Smith broke free on the left side of the San Diego State defense but the through ball from Grace Olson was a touch too hard for the streaking Smith.

Dmitri Fong made a save against SDSU’s Malia Kaleiohi in the 74th minute to keep the score knotted at 0-0. However, in the 85th minute San Diego State’s Taylor Moorehead was able to shake a double-team in the box and slot in the decisive goal, just past a diving Fong.

“When you don’t get it done in all the opportunities you have, they snuck in an opportunity and that’s the game,” Baarts said. “But I thought there were a lot of really good things that we can build off of. It’s not going to win the game but the positive is we had a tremendous performance with one lapse of concentration, we can build off that.

The Aggies and Aztecs both got off eight shots and took two corner kicks while NM State had 10 fouls to just two for SDSU. Fong and San Diego State goalie English both finished the match with three saves.

New Mexico State is back in action on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. as it travels to Tucson, Ariz. to take on Albany. There is no live stream for the Albany game. NM State will then visit Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. before playing their home opener on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. against Pacific.