The New Mexico State soccer team has a busy week with three matches in five days. The Aggies begin the week and host I-10 rival UTEP, Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. at the soccer complex. NM State then hits the road for a pair of contests at Montana, Friday, Sept 14 at 4 p.m. in Missoula, Mont., and New Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. in Albuquerque.
The Miners are 6-2-0 this season after a 1-0 win over Sam Houston State, Sept. 9. Senior midfielder Tess Hall leads the UTEP offense with a team-high five goals and five assists. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Dilling has played every minute in goal for the Miners with a 1.13 goals against average, 28 saves and .757 save percentage.
UTEP has a 2-0-0 lead in the all-time series following a 2-0 win in El Paso, Aug. 19, 2011. This is the first meeting in Las Cruces since the 2010 contest was cancelled due to weather conditions.
The Aggies fell at UTEP, 2-0, in the 2011 season opener after a pair of late goals, Aug. 19, 2011. Forward Jennae Cambra led the Aggie offense with four shots and two shots on goal. Defensively, goalkeeper Erin Wosick anchored the Crimson and White with five saves.
The Grizzlies have a 4-4-0 overall record in 2012 after splitting two matches in Las Vegas, Nev. Montana fell at UNLV, 3-1, Sept. 9, but defeated Indiana State, 1-0, Sept. 7. Senior forward Erin Craig posts a team-best four goals for the offense. Senior goalkeeper Kristen Hoon leads the defense with a 1.35 goals against average, 31 saves and .738 save percentage.
The Aggies and Grizzlies tied the only meeting in school history with a 1-1 double overtime draw, Aug. 22, 2010 in Las Cruces.
For only the second time in school history, NM State ended a match tied after 110 minutes. The Aggies posted a 1-1 tied with Montana after double overtime in NM State's 2010 season opener. Forward Yolanda McMillion evened the match at 1-1 in the 67th minute. In her first career start, goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner grabbed a match-high five saves.
The Lobos are 3-4-1 this season after falling at No. 24 Florida, 3-2, Sept. 9. Offensively, senior midfielder Rachel Montoya guides UNM with four goals and two assists, and redshirt senior goalkeeper Kelli Cornell has recorded a 1.35 goals against average, 20 saves and .645 save percentage for the defense.
New Mexico has a 2-0-0 lead in the all-time series. The Lobos won last season's meeting, 4-0, Sept. 25, 2011 in Las Cruces.
In the non-conference finale, NM State suffered its first loss inside Aggie Memorial Stadium of the season, as the Aggies fell to New Mexico, 4-0, Sept. 25, 2011.
Aggies Fall in Overtime
In the home opener, the Aggies suffered a 1-0 loss to Sam Houston State in overtime, Sept. 7. At halftime, the Aggies and Bearkats were tied at 0-0. For the second time in three matches for the Aggies, the game was scoreless after 90 minutes of action. The Aggies' span of 254 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal was snapped in the loss.
Aggies Stumble against Weber State
The Aggies faltered in the second match of the home opening weekend with a 4-1 loss to Weber State, Sept. 9. After an early Wildcat goal in the seventh minute, the Aggies kept applying pressure and knotted the contest at 1-1 in the 41st minute of action. On a free kick from 30 yards away, junior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol found sophomore forward Layla Todd in front of the net. Both the score and assist were second of the season for Todd and Koziol, respectively, which are also team-high marks.
Aggies Beat Southern Utah
NM State won its first game of the season with a 1-0 decision over Southern Utah in its second match of the UC Riverside Tournament in Riverside, Calif., Sept. 2. Sophomore forward Katelyn Smith scored her first career goal, and sophomore forward Layla Todd had her first assist of the season. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner collected the win with seven saves and the Aggies' first shutout of the year in her first action of the season.
Aggies Tie UC Riverside 1-1
In the first overtime match of the season, NM State tied UC Riverside, 1-1, in a double overtime contest, Aug. 31, in the first contest of the UC Riverside Tournament. Sophomore forward Layla Todd scored the first goal of the season. NM State posted a season-high eight shots on goal and tied a season high with 14 shots in 110 minutes of action. After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Aggies evened the score at 1-1 in the 88th minute. Senior midfielder Elise Nordin and junior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol found Todd, who sank a shot from 17 yards away, to force overtime. The defenses dominated extra time, and junior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter recorded a personal-best seven saves.
Bitner Earns WAC Goalkeeper of the Week Honor
Junior goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner was named the WAC Goalkeeper of the Week for Aug. 27-Sept. 2. This is her first conference award of the season and the second of her career. Bitner recorded a shutout in a 1-0 win over Southern Utah, Sept. 2. She played all 90 minutes in the victory and recorded seven saves. After missing the 2011 season due to injury, Bitner returned for a win and a 0.00 goals against average.
Offense Produces at UC Riverside
In the UC Riverside Tournament, the Aggies posted a season-high eight shots on goal against the tournament host Highlanders. In the 1-0 win over Southern Utah, NM State recorded its third consecutive game with 14 shots and had a season-high eight corner kicks.
Todd Sparks Aggie Offense
In her first appearance of the season, sophomore forward Layla Todd scored her first goal of the season in a 1-1 double overtime draw at UC Riverside, Aug. 31. She had a team-high four shots and three on goal in 85 minutes. In the 1-0 win over Southern Utah, Sept. 2, Todd recorded the assist on the game-winning goal, which was her first of the season and third of her career.
Katelyn Smith Scores First Career Goal
At the end of the first half against Southern Utah, sophomore forward Layla Todd sent a cross to the center of the box that found sophomore forward Katelyn Smith, and she recorded her first goal in the 43rd minute that gave NM State a 1-0 lead.
Nordin and Koziol Share the Ball
Senior midfielder Elise Nordin and junior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol each recorded an assist on the Aggie' first goal of the season in the 1-1 double overtime tie at UC Riverside, Aug. 31. The assist was a career first for Nordin and fourth for Koziol.
The Aggies recorded their first shutout of the year in the 1-0 win over Southern Utah. NM State only allowed a first half goal against UC Riverside.
New Look in Las Cruces
In its fourth season, NM State has a new home. The Aggies are playing in the new soccer-only complex.
The Aggies travel to Texas Tech, Sept. 23, for their final tune-up before WAC play begins.