LAS CRUCES — Audriana Chavez’s counterattack goal with 48 seconds left in regulation gave New Mexico State a most historic, meaningful, 1-0 women’s soccer victory over visiting New Mexico on Thursday.
It was the first-ever win for the Aggies against their northern rivals after seven losses to the Lobos by a combined 14-1.
“This game, you don’t need to talk to your players about motivation,” said NMSU Freddy Delgado, whose Aggies are 2-0-1 and already have bragging rights on their two big rivals — including a 2-1 double-overtime victory over UTEP to start the season.
Aggie goalkeeper Dmitri Fong — a Cibola graduate and transfer from New Mexico — earned the shutout over the Lobos with seven saves. In a five-minute span of the second half, Fong deflected a 15-yard shot from Quincy Slora over the goal, then made another diving shot of a Slora attempt.
Fong also smothered a ball in front of the goal box to keep the game scoreless in the 84th minute.
“Dmitri Fong was outstanding for them today,” said UNM coach Heather Dyche, whose team fell to 1-2.
Slora had four of the Lobos’ seven shots on goal. UNM had an 18-6 edge in shots overall, and 6-2 in corner kicks, but to little avail.
The goal from Chavez, a Cleveland High graduate, came after a feed from Hope Christian product Devin Hart in a two-on-one situation.
UNM had a final corner kick with about 10 seconds left, but the Aggies cleared the ball and cleared the way to celebrate.
“It means so much to us,” said Fong. “It shows that we’re ready to come out this season and make a point to everyone that New Mexico State is ready to come and play.”