NMSU Soccer Earns 1-1 Draw With Texas State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Shea O’Connor scored her second goal of the season and the NM State women’s soccer team battled with Sun Belt favorite Texas State to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at the Soccer Athletic Complex.

The Aggies (1-2-2) almost got on the board early, but Corey Kizer’s shot in the 13th minute hit the right post. However, the Bobcats (4-1-1) rebounded from the early threat and began to dominate possession. The Bobcats recorded back-to-back corner kicks in the 20th minute before Dmitri Fong made a save in the 22nd minute.

Jody Hernandez then came close to getting New Mexico State on the board but her shot from outside the 18 was saved by Heather Martin in the 29th minute. Despite the chances from NM State, Texas State continued to dominate possession until finally breaking through on a header from Haley Groff in the 40th minute.

Freshman Amanda Aleman had the Aggies last chance of the first half, but again Martin made a save and NM State trailed 1-0 at the half.

As they’ve done all season, the Aggies came out of the halftime break on fire. After Eliudth Gonzalez played a cross to Xitlaly Hernandez, X. Hernandez found O’Connor in the 6-yard box who finished her second goal of the season. It was the second assist for freshman X. Hernandez in just three games.

After a save by Fong in the 69th minute, Alexa Barrera almost finished her second goal of the season but the Bobcats made the save to keep it tied up 1-1. The Aggies continued the pressure, forcing saves in the 81st, 82nd and 90th minutes but were unable to convert and the match went to overtime.

Gonzalez opened the overtime with a shot on goal that was saved before Fong made another save in the 93rd minute. O’Connor had two more looks at the win but her shot in the 96th minute was saved and one in the 98th minute just missed wide and the two sides geared up for another overtime period.

The second overtime saw NM State make its biggest defensive stand of the game, with Aggie defenders blocking two point-blank shots in a row in the 105th minute. From there, New Mexico State recorded two more chances but was unable to net a winner and the Aggies earned their second draw of the season.

NM State posted 19 shots with 10 of those on goal to 20 shots from the Bobcats. Fong wrapped up the match with six saves while Texas State’s Martin recorded two in 45 minutes of action and Kathryn Budde stopped seven shots in 65 minutes. The Aggie defense also shut down defending Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Kaylee Davis, holding the dynamic forward to just two shots with none on goal.

NM State returns to the pitch for the Battle of I-10 against rival UTEP on Thurday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. (MT). All NM State students receive free entry to Aggie soccer matches with a valid student I.D.