The New Mexico State women’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 road decision to CSU Bakersfield in Western Athletic Conference play on Sunday afternoon.
“It was a very similar game to Friday night, I feel like the girls battled,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “We had those two deflection goals go against us early and it’s hard to play from behind like that so early.”
The Aggies (2-15, 1-6 WAC) almost got the scoring going first but a shot from Emma Smith in the 9th minute was saved.
From there, both teams locked in on defense until back-to-back goals from the ‘Runners (6-10, 3-4 WAC) in the 22nd minute. First, a shot deflected off an NM State defender and in the goal before a shot from Aminah Settles was also deflected in for a 2-0 CSU Bakersfield lead.
Neither side would threaten for the remainder of the half and the Aggies went into the halftime break down 2-0.
Aileen Galicia had a shot to cut into the lead in right after the half but her shot in the 46th minute missed high.
The ‘Runners tested freshman Mia Montano, who checked in at goalie to start the second half, early but Montano was up for the challenge, making saves in the 47th and 53rd minutes to keep the deficit at two.
Montano then made two more saves in the 60th minute to keep the Aggies in it before Rebecca Mazzie’s shot was saved by CSUB’s Jordan Bertram in the 61st minute.
NM State would get another save from Montano, this time in the 67th minute and another shot on goal, this time from Kara Montilla but Bertram was there for the save again.
New Mexico State nearly pulled one back in the 85th minute but a shot from Micaela Milavec off a corner kick was blocked before Smith’s shot was saved.
Montano would make two more saves in the 87th and 89th minutes but the game ended 2-0 in favor of the ‘Runners.
“Despite the loss, I feel like we had some solid performances from girls that don’t get the chance to play as much and hopefully they can build on that moving forward,” added Baarts.
The Aggies were outshot 20-6 on the afternoon with four shots on goal to 12 for CSU Bakersfield. Montano finished the afternoon with nine saves in just one half of play while Bertram finished with four. Montano’s nine saves are a career high for the freshman.
NM State wraps up its regular season on Senior Day as it hosts UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. (MT). As always, children 12 and under as well as students with a valid student ID receive free admission to all matches at the Soccer athletic Complex.