LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Sept. 8)-In the second overtime match of the season, the New Mexico State soccer team fell to UC Riverside, 2-1.
After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Aggies (2-4-0) responded quickly in the second half. NM State evened the score, 1-1, when junior forward Layla Todd found senior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol, who launched a shot from 40-yards away in the 53rd minute. The goal was her second of the season.
In the overtime period, the Highlanders (2-3-1) ended the match with a goal in the 95th minute of action.
“In overtime it only takes one little mistake, and unfortunately we made it,” head coach Blair Quinn said. “We made a mistake in overtime, but that was easily the best soccer we have played all year. I think we could have played anyone out here and could have come out with a win just as easily as that overtime loss. Our soccer was very good, and our energy was very good.”
UC Riverside scored first when the Highlanders converted a penalty kick that sailed into the right corner of the net in the 32nd minute.
The Aggies conclude non-conference action with road games at Northern Colorado, Sept. 13 and Wyoming, Sept. 15.