LAS CRUCES, N.M. – After taking an early lead, the New Mexico State soccer team eventually fell 2-1to Utah Valley in double overtime on Friday afternoon, Nov. 1. Junior Layla Todd had the Aggie goal.
NM State took the lead early in the first half with a long pass from Jennae Cambra to Layla Todd, who booted the ball into the right corner of the goal. It was Todd’s fifth goal this year and second assist for Cambra. Just 20 minutes into the game, to junior duo scored, giving NM State its first lead in 11 games.
It took until the late in the second half for Utah Valley to tie the game with a header by Kristin Bailey-Yoo off a corner kick by her Wolverine teammate. The goal came in the 75th minute of regulation, forcing the Aggies eighth overtime game of the season.
“At this point, I’d be disappointed if we didn’t go into double overtime,” said head coach Blair Quinn. “This continues to prove that we can play with every single team in the league. We went double overtime with the champs (Seattle U) and double overtime twice with UVU, which is in second place.”
The teams went into overtime with the first 10-minute period scoreless. With just over two minutes in the second overtime period, Haley Curtis scored for UVU off a free kick just outside the goal box.
“We are struggling to find the second goal in games and that is really the critical point. We are scoring goals, just not getting that second one that we need,” Quinn said. “I like playing UVU. I’m very glad they are in the league. We have had just two very good battle type games with them.”
NM State has now taken the top two teams in the conference to overtime games. The Aggies tied the Wolverines in their first meeting in Orem, Utah.
Freshman goalkeeper Tayler Hammack saw her first start in the goal box for NM State with eight saves, three in the overtime periods.
“I thought Tayler Hammack, who is a freshman getting her first start in goal, was awesome and I am really excited about the future. We are going to miss Jessica Shutter tremendously, who is our fifth-year senior, but I am excited for what Hammack’s potential is.”
The Aggies managed 11 shots on the Wolverines, six on goal and had three corner kicks to UVU’s nine.
The 2013 season concludes for NM State on Sunday, Nov. 3 against Bakersfield. Game time is set for 1 p.m. with a senior presentation to follow.