LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Sept. 23)-The New Mexico State soccer team scored a season-high seven goals en route to a 7-0 victory over Embry-Riddle Aeronautical.
Freshman forward/midfielder Katie Smith and freshman forward Layla Todd both scored two goals each for the Aggies. NM State improved to 7-3-1 on the year, while the Eagles fell to 1-7-0.
"It was a good win," head coach Blair Quinn. "Anytime you score seven goals that's always a positive. We had new kids on the score sheet as well, that haven't scored yet this year. Sometimes all it takes is getting that first goal and then they feel like they can open up and have more confidence to go to the goal. "
The Aggies scored in the 19th minute when Smith capitalized on a freshman forward Katelynn Tupponce rebound.
Junior forward Yolanda McMillion gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead with a header on a free kick from freshman midfielder Amber Harrington in the 30th minute.
NM State enjoyed a 3-0 halftime advantage thanks to a freshman midfielder Bree Luhrsen chip in over the goalie in the final minutes of the half.
The Aggies attacked quickly in the second half when Smith scored her second goal of the game on a junior midfielder/forward Lauren Cope rebound in the 52nd minute. Smith now has a team-high five goals this season.
In the 56th minute, Todd extended the Aggie lead to 5-0 with her first career goal. Senior forward Cassandra Branch also scored her first career goal two minutes later on a pass from Todd. In the 63rd minute, Todd scored again to give NM State a 7-0 advantage.
Defensively, the Aggies held Embry-Riddle to five shots. Redshirt sophomore Jessica Schutter and sophomore Erin Wosick split time in goal and combined for the team's sixth shutout of the year.
The Aggies conclude non-conference play against in-state rival New Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.