The New Mexico State soccer team travels to Texas Tech for a final non-conference tune-up, Sunday, Sept. 23 at noon in Lubbock, Texas.
The Red Raiders are 7-2-0 overall this season after winning two matches in the Cal State Fullerton Under Armour Invitational over host Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, Sept. 16 and Long Beach State, 3-2 in double overtime, Sept. 14. The Red Raiders travel to West Virginia and start Big 12 play, Friday, Sept. 21. Freshman forward Janine Beckie leads Texas Tech with six goals and a pair of assists with 48 shots. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Victoria Esson has a 0.92 goals against average, 33 saves and .805 save percentage.
Texas Tech has a 1-0-0 series advantage following the first-ever meeting last year. The Aggies fell at Texas Tech, 1-0, Aug. 21, 2011.
In the first-ever meeting against a Big 12 opponent, NM State fell at Texas Tech, 1-0, Aug. 21, 2011. Goalkeeper Erin Wosick directed the Aggie defense with a season-high seven saves. Offensively, forward Yolanda McMillion led NM State with a pair of shot attempts. Midfielder Mary Kate Koziol and forward Katelynn Tupponce also posted their first shots of the season.
Aggies Fall in Double Overtime
In another defensive strong hold, NM State fell to in-state rival New Mexico, 1-0, in the final minutes of double overtime, Sept. 16. The rivalry match was the second consecutive double overtime game and the fourth extra time contest for the Aggies in 2012. Junior goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner anchored the Aggie defense with a game-high eight saves. Senior defender Courtney Irwin, junior midfielder/defender Olivia Sierra and freshman defender Mikaela Bitner assisted with the defensive effort and played all 108 minutes.
Defensive Clash for Aggies at Montana
The Aggies played to a 0-0 double overtime draw at Montana, Sept. 14. It was the third extra time match of the season for the Aggies. The NM State defense was relentless with junior goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner grabbing a career-high 12 saves in her second shutout of the year. Senior defender Courtney Irwin and freshman defender Mikaela Haley helped the effort and played all 110 minutes along with Bitner.
Aggies Edged in I-10 Rivalry
In a fiercely contested I-10 rivalry match, NM State fell to UTEP, 2-1, Sept. 12. The Aggies controlled the tempo for the majority of the match and posted 12 shots in the contest. Sophomore forward Jennae Cambra, senior midfielder Elise Nordin and junior midfielder Daisy Hernandez each contributed to the offense with two shots. Defensively, NM State only allowed two shots in the first half, and junior goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner, who entered the game in the second half, grabbed a match-high five saves. Nordin scored her first career goal on a free kick in the mid-week match.
The Aggies recorded their first shutout of the year in the 1-0 win over Southern Utah, Sept. 2. The second shutout of the season occurred in the 0-0 double overtime draw at Montana, Sept. 21.
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 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 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. 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.
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.
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 open 2012 WAC play at home when they host Utah State, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. and San Jose State, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m.