NMSU Soccer Drops 3-2 Overtime Decision At Northern Arizona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team jumped out to an early lead Friday night, but fell in overtime, 3-2, against Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz.

“Letting a 2-0 lead slip away the way it happened is heartbreaking,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “The team is grinding and trying to fix the issues before we get into conference play. We had some great performances from most of the team.”

Senior defender Samantha Afonso scored the first goal of the game, and her first of the season, when she beat NAU keeper Taryn Benham on a perfectly placed free kick in the 12th minute. Aileen Galicia then pushed the Aggies’ lead to 2-0 in the 17th when she knocked in her second goal of the year.

Northern Arizona wouldn’t go away, however, as Paige Maling scored in the 22nd minute on an assist from Victoria Cooper to trim NM State’s lead to 2-1. The Lumberjacks would threaten again before halftime but a shot from Carly Gamble missed high in the 30th while Tatum Heeres’ try in the 39th went wide.

With New Mexico State holding a 2-1 advantage after halftime, Kylie Kapustka found the back of the net for NAU in the 63rd minute to tie the game at 2-2. The Lumberjacks were also able to put a shot on goal in the 65th, but Dmitri Fong was there for the save.

Rebecca Mazzie had a chance to put NM State ahead in the 82nd but her shot sailed over the crossbar while freshman Mia Montano, who entered for Fong in the 68th, made sure the game stayed tied with a save on a header from Maling in the 85th.

Once in overtime, the Lumberjacks wasted no time and netted the game-winner just five minutes into the period when Kayla Terhune scored off a rebound.

New Mexico State was outshot 11-3 on the night while Fong and Montano combined for three saves. NAU also held the advantage in corner kicks, 8-4.

NM State returns to the City of Crosses for its first home game of the year against Pacific on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. (MT). All students who attend the match and then foot golf at the New Mexico State Golf Course at 5 p.m. are entered to win a pair of Beats headphones or an XBOX One. As always, children under 12 and students with a valid student ID get free entry to all Aggie home games.