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Last men’s soccer home game upsets with 2-1 loss to Eastern New Mexico

Jessalyn Castro

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Goalkeeper Nick Petolick, business management junior, watches as the ball sails past him into the net at the match against Eastern New Mexico on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at the campus soccer field. Photo by Lauren Roberts

Goalkeeper Nick Petolick, business management junior, watches as the ball sails past him into the net at the match against Eastern New Mexico on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at the campus soccer field. Photo by Lauren Roberts

The men’s soccer team played their last home game Friday night, and it ended in an upsetting loss against Eastern New Mexico University, 2-1, leaving the team’s playoffs spot questionable.

“We probably needed to win that one,” head coach Doug Elder said. “Now we’ll have to wait for some things to happen.”

MSU lost the first half 1-0 and was able to make the equalizer in the second half at the 68th minute but couldn’t keep ENMU from putting another one in the net to win the game in the 76th minute.

“We have to finish opportunities,” Elder said.

The team has two more games on the road Thursday and Saturday, where it will meet ENMU again and decide its fate in playoffs.

“Our backs are probably up against the wall right now,” Elder said. “Should be an interesting finish for us. We’re a little banged up right now. We have a lot of injuries.”

Having 13 out of 25 shots on goal, MSU was only able to put in one of them against ENMU’s two goals with five out of seven shots on goal.

“It’s frustrating that we outshot them, they had maybe three opportunities and scored two of them,” said forward and criminal justice junior Albert Rodriguez.

History senior Chase Robertson, an outside defender, played on the home field for the last time with an upsetting outcome.

“It’s sad that it’s the last game here on the field, the last time I’ll get dressed in that locker room and stuff but you just have to move on and go with what comes next,” Robertson said.

The team will have to fight in its last games of the season to earn a spot in playoffs. After a hard loss, Robertson said improvements are going to be needed in order to have a better performance.

“We need to come out with the same intensity, maybe a little bit more defensive pressure and a little bit more defensive stability in order to keep them out of the net and hopefully get a couple goals to win the game,” Robertson said.

MSU will play West Texas A&M 7 p.m. Thursday at The Pitch in Canyon.

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