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Aggie Soccer Earns One Point In Double Overtime Tie At San Jose State; Maintains First Place Lead In WAC | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Aggie Soccer Earns One Point In Double Overtime Tie At San Jose State; Maintains First Place Lead In WAC

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The New Mexico State Aggie soccer team completed another very successful weekend in conference play earning one point and battling San Jose State to a scoreless draw in double overtime. The Aggies and Spartans entered the match both with lengthy unbeaten streaks and both will leave with those unbeaten streaks intact. The Aggies are now 3-0-1 on the season and with 10 points in conference they remain in first place over San Jose State (7 points), Utah State (6 points), Nevada (6 points) and Fresno State (6 points).

Coach Needham talked about his team's grit and determination after the match. "We did a good job. We played very hard." He added, "We need to get back to playing a little better soccer but there is nothing you can ask more of these kids more than what they give to this program and New Mexico State University. These kids kill themselves to be successful. I'm real proud of them."

The Aggies' senior goal keeper Katie Graul had six saves in the match as San Jose State outshot the Aggies 21-11 and had nine corner kicks to the Aggies' two corners. Jazmin Cardoso, Cassie De Leon and Yolanda McMillion each recorded a shot on goal for the Aggies. Cardoso also led the Aggies in total shots with three while Crystal Burns and Nina Yanes each fired two shots. San Jose State's Emmy Belding took six shots, three on goal while Kelsey Lord added four shots, three on goal.

With two wins in their last two overtime matches, the Aggies were confident as they headed into extra minutes. "It's the first time we've talked about it," said Coach Needham. "I told them, 'Guys we are good in overtime, we are confident, let's just go do what we've got to do.'"

While the Aggies weren't able to notch the victory, the Aggie defense was solid and earned the tie. And Coach Needham knows that being able to come out of their first road weekend with four points is impressive. "On a home weekend you'd be happy to get two points, maybe three points." He added, "To come out of your first away weekend in first place with four points is a pretty big weekend for us,"

"I'm so proud of how hard they work. No question. I'm proud of how hard they work and how they grind out results. They're just businesslike in what they do."

Up next the Aggies host Hawai'i on Sunday, Oct. 18th. "We're excited. The kids will have a couple days off and then we'll get them right back to work and get them ready for Hawai'i. They [Hawai'i] play two games on the weekend. They travel to Louisiana Tech and then travel to our place on Sunday. Good things are in our favor this weekend and we'll go for it and we'll see what we can do."