NMSU ready for final match of 2018

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The New Mexico State women’s soccer team hosts Western Athletic Conference foe UT Rio Grande Valley for senior day on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. (MT) in its last match of the season.

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Fans unable to attend this weekend’s match can catch all the action via livestream from the WAC Digital Network.

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Senior Day

Join the NM State women’s soccer team as it celebrates its senior class before its match against UT Rio Grande Valley as the seniors take the field for the last time.

Quick Hits

UT Rio Grande Valley visits the Mesilla Valley for both sides’ final conference game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. (MT).

Nine different Aggies have recorded at least two points on the season including Aileen Galicia, Katie Martinez, Audriana Chavez, Emma Smith, Samantha Afonso, Rebecca Mazzie, Micaela Milavec, Kelly Burton and Alexa Barrera.

Galicia leads the team in points (8) and goals (4) with Martinez second in both (3g, 6p) while Emma Smith (1g, 3a) is third in points with 5. Freshman Alexa Barrera leads the team with four assists.

Scouting the Vaqueros

The Vaqueros (11-5-2) visit the City of Crosses on a six game unbeaten streak including five wins and a draw. The teams have split their all-time series 3-3 with each team winning its home games versus the other. Last season, UTRGV beat the Aggies 3-2 in Edinburg.

Offensively, UTRGV’s 30 goals on the season are good for a second-place tie in the Western Athletic Conference. The Vaqueros attack is led by freshman forward Emily Zapata with 10 goals and 21 points. Zapata is tied with Kansas City’s Kelsey Mothershead for most goals in the WAC this season. Junior forward Sarah Bonney is second on the squad in goals (7) and points (16).

Junior Kinga Szemik has appeared in 19 games in goal this season while starting in 15 for an 8-5-1 overall record. Szemik is fifth in the conference in goals-against average with a 1.01. She’s recorded 57 saves to go with a .781 save percentage.

Weekend in Review

Last weekend, NM State took its final road trip of the season, visiting WAC opponents Grand Canyon and CSU Bakersfield.

The match against the Lopes was a hard fought, defensive battle. The lone goal of the game came in the 26th minute on a free kick from GCU’s Brylee Hawkins to give the Lopes a 1-0 win. Ashley Martin stopped nine shots on the night including a penalty kick in the 31st minute.

In the Golden State, the Aggies fell behind 2-0 in the first thirty minutes due to a goal that deflected off an NM State defender and a goal from the ‘Runners Aminah Settles. Freshman Mia Montano set a new career-high in saves with nine after checking into the game after halftime.

Up Next

This is the Aggies’ final match of 2018. As always, kids 12 and under as well as students with a valid student ID receive free entry to all matches at the Soccer Athletic Complex.

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