LUBBOCK, Texas (Sept. 23)-In its final non-conference tune-up, the New Mexico State soccer team suffered a 5-0 loss at Texas Tech.
The Aggies fell behind early after a pair of Texas Tech goals in the first 35 minutes of action. NM State attempted to respond, and the team recorded four shots and three corner kicks in the first half.
"That's the best team we have played all year by far," head coach Blair Quinn said. "They may not be in the top 25 right now but they should be. They are very good. To be honest we didn't play very well in the first 25 minutes.
"We played a little bit scared in the first 25 and weren't setting the right tone. We made some adjustments at halftime both in tactical shape and personnel and more than anything mentality. Oddly enough, I know we gave up three goals in the second half, but we played so much better. We had a couple of really good opportunities on goal. Their goalkeeper was forced to make two really good saves, so that was encouraging to see from our attacking standpoint."
In the second period, the Aggies started with a quick pair of shots within the first few minutes of the half but couldn't convert. The Red Raiders added three goals late in the second half to extend their lead to 5-0.
Senior midfielder Elise Nordin guided the Aggies with three shots on goal, while junior goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner had four saves in 90 minutes.
The Aggies return home and open WAC play, when they host Utah State, Friday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. and San Jose State, Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m.