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NMSU women’s soccer loses in double OT thriller

The NMSU women’s soccer team fell to the Boise State Broncos in double overtime Sunday by a final score of 3-2.

The Aggies showed tenacity in the first moments of the game, but the Broncos weren’t having it. The first half was dominated by Boise State, and their attempts turned into a goal when one of their crosses found the back of the net in the 22nd minute.

Aggie freshman Grace Olson challenges for the ball during the New Mexico State home loss to Boise State on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at the NMSU Soccer Athletic Complex. (Photo by Eric Burnside/Kokopelli)

The second half started the same as the first, with the Aggies coming out swinging, but no end product. It wasn’t until the 72nd minute that Emma Smith’s service allowed Katie Martinez to score and a composed finish tied up the game at one.

The tie wasn’t held for long, though. Only six minutes later, Boise State was able to find the back of the net, putting the Broncos ahead once again.

In the 78th minute the referee awarded the Aggies an indirect free kick at the edge of the box due to time wasting on behalf of the Broncos’ keeper. The free kick was casually rolled to Aileen Galicia who drilled the ball into the upper-left corner, drawing a tie once again. With the 90 minutes of regulation time reaching its end, the game went into overtime.

If there is something the Aggies know how to do, it’s to come out strong to begin a period. The Aggies had a powerful presence in the first overtime, attacking and pressing as a team. A run from Galicia looked promising, but the first overtime period ended without a goal. 

The Broncos seemed better prepared in the second overtime and met the NMSU pressure. The second half of overtime was very even, but Boise State was able to find the back of the net in the 106th minute and win the game 3-2

NMSU will next be traveling north to face interstate rival New Mexico. The game against UNM is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. 

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