NMSU Women's Soccer Falls To Rival UTEP 2-1 In 2OT

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team battled for 106 minutes against Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Thursday at the Soccer Athletic Complex but fell on a golden goal, 2-1, in double overtime.

NM State nearly got on the board in the 5th minute when a streaking Hannah Leitner fired a shot on goal but Emily Parrot made the save. The Aggies continued to attack, registering three more shots in the first 20 minutes before saves by Dmitri Fong in the 13th and 15th minutes. As NM State pushed UTEP’s defense, Alexa Barrera nearly put the Aggies in front in the 20th minute, however, her shot was stopped by a diving Parrot.

Then, New Mexico State’s aggression payed off as they forced a handball in the box in the 20th minute. Shea O’Connor stepped to the spot, froze Parrot and finished left for her third goal of the season and a 1-0 Aggie lead.

From there, neither side threatened for the remainder of the half and NM State went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.

The second half started out all UTEP as the Miners registered back-to-back shots in the 49th minute. Despite a rejuvenated attack from its counterpart, the NM State defense held strong, with most of UTEP’s shots in the second half coming from well outside the 18-yard box.

However, in the 75th minute, Emerson Kidd played a ball from the backline to Anna Jimmerson just outside the 18-yard box. Jimmerson found a cutting Jojo Ngongo who fired a rocket that just beat Fong to her right to tie the game at 1-1.

Fong then kept the game tied, stopping two more Miner shots in the 77th and 86th minutes and the rivals headed into overtime, the Aggies’ third overtime of the game of the season. The first overtime saw both teams lock in defensively as they combined for just three shots. Although O’Connor’s tries in the 95th and 97th minutes almost ended the match, the forward was unable to net the Golden Goal and the two sides geared up for a second overtime period.

The second overtime again saw both the Aggies and Miners focused on defense with neither side taking a shot for the first five minutes of the period. However, in the 107th minute, UTEP’s Lauren Crenshaw fired a shot that appeared to be headed straight towards Fong but the ball ricocheted off an Aggie defender and into the upper corner for a 2-1 Miner victory.

NM State wrapped up the match with 12 shots, including three on goal. Fong ended her afternoon with five saves as she faced 22 shots.

New Mexico State is back in action when New Mexico visits the Mesilla Valley for the Battle of I-25 on Friday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. (MT) followed by a match with Northern Arizona, also at home, on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. All students receive free entry to Aggie home matches with a valid Student I.D.