LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Utah State newcomers Kendra Pemberton and Katie Crosland came up big as the Aggie soccer team defeated New Mexico State 3-0 at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces on Sunday. The loss was the first at home for NMSU this season.With the win, Utah State improves to 5-4-4 overall and 2-0-0 in Western Athletic Conference action. New Mexico State is now 6-4-2 overall and 0-2-0 in league play. The navy-clad Aggies are now 2-0-0 against the crimson Aggies.This is the second time that Utah State has started WAC play with a 2-0-0 record. In 2008, the Aggies also won their first two matches. In 2006, USU started league play 2-0-1.”We knew coming in that New Mexico State was going to be a tough place to play. Their team has a lot of character and is exciting, and we knew it was going to be a tough battle for us. We knew we were going to have to bring a really solid performance to get the win. Our girls responded really well to that challenge,” USU head coach Heather Cairns said.Utah State took an early 1-0 lead when freshman midfielder Kendra Pemberton scored her second goal of the season. The unassisted goal came in the 16th minute when the North Salt Lake native drilled a 22-yard shot from the right side.The Aggies stretched their lead to 2-0 in the 55th minute of the match when defender Katie Crosland scored her first goal as an Aggie. The sophomore took a free kick after a New Mexico State foul and with the help of the Las Cruces wind blasted a shot past NMSU goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner.”That was a pretty big goal for us. We were up 1-0 at half, and that second goal was a nice one to give us a little bit of a cushion,” Cairns said.Senior Lauren Hansen wanted to get into the action, scoring her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Hansen scored with 58 seconds remaining in the match from the middle of the box from seven yards out. The senior now has 30 career goals scored and is only two away from tying Brigid Turner (1999-2002) for second-place in the Aggie record books. She is now five goals from Jayme Gordy (1997-2000) who holds the first place-slot with 35 goals.The Aggies now return home for the first of four-straight home matches. On Friday, Oct. 8, Utah State will host WAC-rival Nevada at 3 p.m. USU will then take on Houston Baptist in non-conference action on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m.Fans can follow USU soccer at http://twitter.com/USUsoccer and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.Shots by period 1 2 TotalUtah State 8 7 15New Mexico State 2 5 7Corner kicks 1 2 TotalUtah State 4 3 7New Mexico State 2 1 3Saves by period 1 2 TotalUtah State 0 1 1New Mexico State 4 2 6Fouls 1 2 TotalUtah State 5 3 8New Mexico State 2 6 8SCORING SUMMARYGoal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description1. 15:57 USU Pemberton, Kendra (2) (unassisted) 22-yards on the far right side2. 54:33 USU Crosland, Katie (1) (unassisted) Free kick from near midfield3. 89:01 USU Hansen, Lauren (5) Flanary, Shantel Middle of the box from 7 yards-USU-
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