NMSU Soccer Earns 1-1 Draw With Wyoming

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team battled defending Mountain West Conference Co-Champion Wyoming to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon after two overtimes at the Soccer Athletic Complex.

The Cowgirls (0-0-2) pressured the Aggies (0-1-1) early, with Dmitri Fong making a save in the 4th minute. However, the Cowgirls kept attacking and Indianna Asimus beat Fong to give Wyoming a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute. Shea O’Connor nearly answered back in the 10th minute but her shot sailed just wide of the mark.

The two sides then locked in defensively for the rest of the half, as both defenses combined to allow one more shot for the remainder of the half. That shot came in the 40th minute when freshman Jordan Gregory had a golden opportunity in the box but her shot missed wide left and the Aggies went into the locker room trailing 1-0.

NM State wasted no time out of the locker room, getting shots from Annalise Pacheco, O’Connor and Andrea Ridgely before the 56th minute. Although none of the shots went in, the Aggies continued to pressure the Cowgirls before finally breaking through in the 70th minute.

In the 70th minute, Jody Hernandez played a long ball down the left flank to Eliudth Gonzalez who found Alexa Barrera in the box. The sophomore turned her defender, fired with her right foot and beat a diving Hannah Lee far post to draw the Aggies even at 1-1. It was Barrera’s first goal of the season and third of her career.

The Cowgirls looked to have one last chance to take the lead late, but Fong was there to make a save in the 89th minute and the two sides ended regulation tied at one. The first overtime period was uneventful, with the only two shots in the period coming from NM State. Corey Kizer sent a shot wide right in the 93rd minute while Jess McDow nearly scored from 25 yards in the 96th minute but her attempt also went wide.

The second overtime period saw Wyoming ratchet up its attack with two shots in the 105th minute. However, Fong was there to make the save both times, including a point-blank save against Asimus to keep the game tied. From there, neither side threatened again and the two teams ended in a 1-1 draw.

Fong finished the match with five saves while the Aggies outshot Wyoming 13-9 on the afternoon. Wyoming took eight corners to NM State’s six and both squads committed seven fouls.

New Mexico State is back in action when it travels to Boise, Idaho, to take on Boise State on Friday, Aug. 30, at 12 p.m. (MT) before taking on Idaho State in a neutral site match on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m.