Women's Soccer Recaps

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Women's Soccer Recaps

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 >>

NMSU Soccer Falls 3-0 To South Dakota

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team conceded an own goal early and dropped a 3-0 decision to South Dakota in its final non-conference home game on Friday evening.

“That was a tough one,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “I think it was one of those games where we were battling and battling and playing great ball and that was our one game that honestly I’m not sure anything was going to go right for us. You start the game off with an own goal right at the start and then your sideways and it’s hard to pull that back in.”

The Aggies, playing without leading scorer Aileen Galicia, got off to a slow start when an attempt to clear a Coyote cross in the box ricocheted off an Aggie and past Ashley Martin to give USD the 1-0 lead in the first minute.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Falls To Rival New Mexico 1-0

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team gave up a late penalty kick and dropped a 1-0 decision to Battle of I 25 rival UNM on Friday night in Albuquerque, N.M.

“In all reality, we had one of our best performances of the year,” said head Coach Rob Baarts. “We controlled the game, they had a few chances, we had our chances but at the end of the day we had a one-on-one that we let slip and end up fouling.”

The Aggies (1-7) came out aggressive and dominated possession for much of the first half, getting the ball from the wings into the middle of the box and putting a lot of pressure on New Mexico (4-3) keeper Emily Johnson which led to New Mexico State getting four shots in the first 10 minutes of the match.

However, Audriana Chavez missed wide in the 4th minute, Aileen Galicia’s shot was saved in the 6th minute and two chances from Katie Martinez missed in the 8th and 9th minutes.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Nets First Win Of The Season In 3-0 Victory Over Northern Illinois

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women's soccer team jumped ahead early and rode a dominant performance on both sides of the ball to a 3-0 win over Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon.

The win gave head coach Rob Baarts his first career win as a Division I head coach after spending the last 14 years as an assistant, 12 with his alma mater the University of Portland and the last two at San Jose State.

"What a great performance from our girls," Baarts said. "We've been focusing all week on revamping what our lineup looks like, what our formation looks like. I think Northern Illinois is in a similar position to us with a new coach, trying to find their rhythm and we find ours a little bit sooner."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Loses 2-1 To Pacific In Home Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team dropped its home-opener to Pacific, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon.

“At the end of the day, if we don’t finish our chances we’re going to be facing the same challenges every time,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “The girls are working hard, they’re starting to get concepts but we’re also getting moments where when we get tired we make monumental mistakes as opposed to mistakes that we can deal with.”

Both teams came out firing with NM State (0-4-0) getting shots from Aileen Galicia in the first and third minutes with both tries missing high while a shot from Pacific’s (1-3-0) Kendall Bietsch was blocked in the fifth minute. Freshman Mia Montano kept the Tigers off the board with a save immediately following the block, also in the fifth minute.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Drops 3-2 Overtime Decision At Northern Arizona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team jumped out to an early lead Friday night, but fell in overtime, 3-2, against Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz.

“Letting a 2-0 lead slip away the way it happened is heartbreaking,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “The team is grinding and trying to fix the issues before we get into conference play. We had some great performances from most of the team.”

Senior defender Samantha Afonso scored the first goal of the game, and her first of the season, when she beat NAU keeper Taryn Benham on a perfectly placed free kick in the 12th minute. Aileen Galicia then pushed the Aggies’ lead to 2-0 in the 17th when she knocked in her second goal of the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Falls To Albany 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State women's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision against Albany in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday afternoon.

"It was another tough one for us," said head coach Rob Baarts. "We're starting to move the ball well and creating a lot of opportunities but just not scoring. Unfortunately, when that happens the other team goes down and scores."

NM State (0-2-0) had a chance to start the scoring, but a shot from Micaela Milavec in the 24th minute went wide before Albany (2-0-0) was able to get on the board in the 35th when Mariah Williams scored.

The Aggies had a few opportunities to tie it up before halftime, but Kelly Burton's shot in the 39th minute went wide while freshman Sarah Trent's shot was blocked by the Albany defense before it could reach goal in the 41st minute.  Continue Reading This Post >>