Aggies and Vandals Tie After Overtime
n its second consecutive WAC overtime match, the New Mexico State soccer team posted a 1-1 draw against Idaho in double overtime.
The Aggies moved to 8-6-2 and 1-2-1 in the WAC after their third overtime match of the year, while the Vandals are 5-8-3 and 1-2-1. NM State is now 1-0-2 in overtime contests this season.
"It was a tough game," head coach Blair Quinn said. "They dominated us just as much in the first half as we got into them in the second half. I think we had the better overtime overall.
"I'm disappointed not to get three points out of it. But at the same time, I feel like we stole a point by getting the tie. With less than five minutes to go, we were down and scored, so we'll take it."
The match was scoreless for 80 minutes until junior forward Chelsea Small converted a free kick from 20 yards away to give Idaho a 1-0 lead.
The Aggies answered in the 86th minute when freshman forward Layla Todd drew both a Vandal defender and junior goalkeeper Caroline Towles away from the net. Todd found junior forward Yolanda McMillion for the tip in to knot the match at 1-1. The score was McMillion's fifth of the season, which ties for the team high, and Todd recorded her second assist of the year.
At halftime, the match was tied, 0-0, in a defensive struggle. The Vandals had a 7-3 lead in shots, but the Aggies posted a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The NM State offense came out of the break firing and had a 10-4 advantage in shots in the second period. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick anchored the Aggies with seven saves, tying her season-best mark.
Next week, the Aggies make their final road trip of the regular season with matches at San Jose State, Oct. 21, and Fresno State, Oct. 23.