Women's Soccer Recaps

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Women's Soccer Recaps

NMSU Women's Soccer Falls To UNM 1-0

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Dmitri Fong tied a career-high with 13 saves but the New Mexico State women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico on Friday at the Soccer Athletic complex.

The Lobos (4-3-0) brought the pressure early, testing Fong in the 6th minute but she was there to make the stop. New Mexico continued to dominate the ball and push it into its offensive third, forcing saves in the 16th, 20th, and 27th minute.

Then, Ely Gonzalez had the Aggies (1-4-2) first opportunity at a goal but her shot from distance went just over the crossbar in the 27th minute. With the Lobos’ attack gaining momentum, Fong continued to play well as the redshirt junior made two more saves in the 30th and 31st minutes. From there, both sides struggled to create for the rest of the half and the rivals were tied 0-0 at halftime.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Soccer Falls At Boise State 4-0

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BOISE, ID - The New Mexico State women's soccer team fell 4-0 on the road to Boise State on Friday night at the Boas Soccer Complex.

Dmitri Fong was tested in net early, but the redshirt junior responded with saves in the 9th, 22nd and 24th minutes. Fong continued to play well as the half went on, making two more saves in the 24th and 29th minutes.

Then, Alexa Barrera forced the Bronco backline into a turnover in the 35th minute but her shot was deflected by a Boise State defender before being stopped by Sydney Smith. The Aggies had another golden opportunity in the 44th minute when Kyleigh Cox broke away from the Broncos defense. However, Smith was there to make a diving save and keep the game scoreless heading into the half. Fong recorded five saves in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Soccer Falls 3-2 To UTRGV In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead but were unable to hold off second-place UT Rio Grande Valley in its final match of the year, ultimately dropping a 3-2 overtime decision on Saturday afternoon at the Soccer Athletic Complex.

“I think we finally learned from some of the games we had in the past and just played a little feistier at the start,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “I don’t know if it’s because our backs were against the wall or if were just a little more relaxed but we just went and played and had a good performance. Of course it helped getting Alexa back, who was out for a few weeks. As much as it hurt to lose the game the way it happened, I feel like the kids recognized something good before the end of the year.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Picks Up 2-1 Win Over Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team defeated Chicago State 2-1 at the Soccer Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon to pick up its first Western Athletic Conference win of the season.

“It was definitely a great first half performance, we had multiple scoring opportunities in the first half,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “We created a lot in the second half but I think we took for granted the first half and thought the second half was going to be a lot easier than it was and we made that game much more difficult than we needed to.”

The Aggies (2-13, 1-4 WAC) dominated on both sides of the ball in the first half, recording 15 shots to just two for the Cougars (0-14-1, 0-6).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Falls 3-0 At Cal Baptist

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

RIVERSIDE, CA - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Western Athletic Conference foe California Baptist on Friday afternoon in Riverside.

“It was a good first half, we played well until the breakdown to finish the half which has been one of our problems, finishing out halves,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “Second half, had a little bit of a fight in us but we just keep giving up that mistake goal where we don’t mark and we have to figure that out. Until we figure that out we’re going to have a hard time.”

The Lancers (9-2-1, 2-1 WAC) had a few chances to take an early lead, most notably on a shot from Miranda Hald that hit the post and bounced out in the 6th minute. Then, the Aggies (1-11, 0-2 WAC) had two opportunities for the opening goal but shots by Jess McDow in the 10th minute and Kelly Burton in the 11th minute were both saved by Carissa Christensen.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Falls 3-0 To Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team dropped its Western Athletic Conference opener 3-0 to Utah Valley at the Soccer Athletic Complex on Friday afternoon.

“We’re still trying to find that right combination of formation that gives us a good, solid backline while at the same time it allows us to be offensive minded,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “The change that we made today to try and adjust to something, I think we just had a hard time figuring that out and when we stopped figuring that out we lost our offense. I try to explain to the players that the reality is don’t overthink it, we will be set to get our offense back we just have to make sure that we get our back line squared up.”

Both sides came out firing with Katie Martinez getting a shot off just 20 seconds that went high while Ashley Martin made a save on a chance from UVU’s Sadie Brockbank in the 2nd minute.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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.  Continue Reading This Post >>