LAS CURCES, N.M. (Oct. 6) – Thee New Mexico State soccer team fell in its lone home game of the week 2-1 in double overtime to Grand Canyon, Sunday, Oct. 6, in Las Cruces.
NM State moves to 4-8-1 on the year and 1-4 in Western Athletic Conference play, while Grand Canyon picked up its first conference win since joining the league.
After trailing 1-0 at halftime, senior Daisy Hernandez evened the score 1-1 with a penalty kick in the first minute and a half of the second period. The goal was Hernandez’s second this season.
GCU scored first with a goal in the 21st minute of play and the teams headed into overtime with a 1-1 tie after regulation.
“We talked at halftime and I thought we came out and responded great by scoring a goal in the first minute and a half,” head coach Blair Quinn said. “It was a great run by Layla Todd and a good finish by Daisy (Hernandez). After that, we were all over them. Really, we had them for the rest of the game and the rest of overtime. That is a team that we were better than for probably 65 or 70 of the 105 minutes that we played, but we didn’t do what they did and that was finish.”
The Antelopes ended the match with a goal in the 105th minute of action.
“I don’t think we played very well in the first half, and once again we gave up a breakaway goal and unfortunately, that is a recurring theme,” Quinn said. “Frankly, our center backs are not doing a good enough job of winning one-on-ones and covering each other and that’s where the breakaways keep coming from.”
The Aggies get back on the road as they face Bakersfield, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m., then make the short trip to Utah Valley on Oct., 13 at 1 p.m.