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New Mexico state football drops 3-1 to rival New Mexico


LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State fell to 4-4 this season after a 3-1 loss to New Mexico Thursday at the NM State Soccer Complex.

Thursday was the Lobos’ third straight win over the Aggies, who played their last non-conference game Sunday at 1 p.m., at home against Gonzaga.

The Aggies increased the pressure to open the second half, but failed to seize their opportunities.

“I thought we dominated the game,” Aggies coach Rob Baarts said. “Our workmanship was poor and their workmanship was good.”

But the UNM midfielder quickly dashed all hope with a fantastic individual effort, turning with a defender on his back and beating NM State goalkeeper Makenna Gottschalk with a right-footed shot from 20 yards to the 66th minute for a 3-0 lead.

Megan Ormson gave the Aggies their first goal against the Lobos since 2017 with a header on a Gia Valenti cross who made it 3-1 with 14 minutes remaining.

The Lobos were leading 2-0 at halftime, although the Aggies were more likely to score in the opening 45 minutes.

Xitlaly Hernandez found space after a free kick and forced Lobos goalkeeper Emily Johnson to save over the crossbar. At the end of the first half, left defender Willa Wiese raced across the sideline and picked Zaria Katesigwa, whose header missed the mark.

NMSU's Hannah Draper (7) comes down with the ball before preparing for an assist against UNM Lobos on Thursday night.  Photo taken on 09/16/21.

The Lobos were leading 1-0 ten minutes later when Aggies goalkeeper Makenna Gottschalk misplayed a long pass high above the penalty area and Zaria Katesigwa sent the ball into an open net.

Lobos forward Molly Myers hit a right-side cross for the first time eight minutes later.

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