LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Aug. 17)-The New Mexico State soccer team is gearing up for the 2013 season, and the White team beat the Crimson crew, 5-3, at the annual scrimmage.
Freshman forward Devin Hart and junior forward Layla Todd paced the White team with two goals each.
The White team attacked quickly with Hart scoring the first goal of the match less than 30 seconds into action for a 1-0 lead.
Senior midfielder Daisy Hernandez gave the White team a 2-0 advantage, when she scored from 30 yards away.
“We scored eight goals today, and we scored eight goals all of last season,” head coach Blair Quinn said. “We had a couple goalkeeping errors that probably wouldn’t have led to goals normally, but the attacking mentality was good. On the flip side, we have a few defensive things we need to shore up, but we are a work in progress.”
The White team continued the offensive charge, and Hart posted her second score of the game on a corner kick for a 3-0 lead. Todd took advantage of a goalkeeper miscue for the White’s fourth score to record a 4-0 advantage.
The Crimson crew answered with its first goal of the match when senior midfielder/defender Olivia Sierra sailed a shot from 30 yards out to cut into White’s lead, 4-1.
Todd recorded her second score of the first half in the 15th minute to give the White team a 5-1 lead. Four minutes later, sophomore midfielder/forward Miranda Valdez sank her first goal of the contest to bring Crimson within three, 5-2.
In the second half, freshman midfielder/forward Salina Lucero scored the lone goal of the abbreviated period on a rebound to cut White’s advantage to 5-3.
The Aggies open the regular season in Las Cruces with a pair of home matches against Nebraska-Omaha, Friday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. and against New Mexico, Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m.