NMSU Soccer Falls At UTEP 4-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team conceded an early goal and never recovered as it dropped a 4-1 decision at UTEP in the Battle of I 10 Sunday night.

“That was an unfortunate performance,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “I think the first half our team came and just didn’t compete, didn’t see what was coming. UTEP plays a very direct, over the top game and it took us the entire first half to figure that out and at this level you just can’t take that long. You have to come to the game knowing this is essentially a cross-town rivalry and it’s a fight. It’s a fight first, a game will break out second and we didn’t come to fight, they took over the game and that’s how it happened.”

UTEP started the scoring early when April Pate found Natalie Valentine in the box who buried it to take a 1-0 lead in the 2nd minute.

The Aggies almost struck back in the 4th minute but Corey Kizer, who was making her first collegiate start, missed wide with a header off a cross from Emma Smith. NM State had another opportunity in the 14th minute but El Paso native Alexa Barrera’s shot was saved by Alyssa Palacios.

The score would hold at 1-0 until the 39th minute when Danielle Carreon found a streaking Vic Bohdan who scored to extend the Miners lead to 2-0.

However, NM State would answer back just a minute later when a UTEP handball in the box set up a penalty kick for the Aggies. Katie Martinez then stepped to the spot and buried her third goal of the season to cut the lead to 2-1.

UTEP would get the goal back in the 45th minute when a streaking Jojo Ngongo passed to Hayley Vaughn in the middle who gave the Miners a 3-1 lead heading into the break.

After Grace Olson cleared a sure goal from the goal line in the 53rd minute, both teams ratcheted up their defense with neither side able to gain any momentum.

NM State had a few chances to cut the lead but a shot from Martinez in the 70th minute went high and shots from Barrera were blocked and saved in the 73rd and 75th minutes respectively.

Then, the Aggies had a chance during a scramble in the box but shots from Emma Smith and Rebecca Mazzie were blocked by Miner defenders before they could reach goal.

With time winding down in the match, UTEP’s Kam Fisher bombed a through ball from midfield that found Anna Jimmerson who scored for the final tally of 4-1.
“You have to come to the game knowing this is essentially a cross-town rivalry and it’s a fight,” said Baarts. “It’s a fight first, a game will break out second and we didn’t come to fight, they took over the game and that’s how it happened.”

NM State was outshot 21-15 while getting four shots from Barrera and three from Galicia. Ashley Martin recorded five saves on the night to four from Palacios while UTEP took one more corner kick than the Aggies, 5-4.

New Mexico State is back in action at home as they host 2017 WAC Tournament champion Utah Valley on Friday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. (MT). Live streaming is available via the WAC Digital Network. As always, kids 12 and under and students with a valid student ID receive free entry to all games at the Soccer Athletic Complex.