The New Mexico State soccer team opens 2013 WAC action with a pair of games against Kansas City. NM State plays the Kangaroos in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. and then returns home to host Kansas City, Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. in Las Cruces.
The Kangaroos are 3-4-1 after a 1-0 loss at Missouri State, Sept. 17. Kansas City is one of the newest members of the WAC and joined the conference in 2013. Junior midfielder Ellie Chadick has a team-high three goals, while sophomore goalkeeper Nina Tzianos leads the defense with 30 saves and one shutout.
This is the first meeting in the series between the Aggies and Kangaroos. Since the teams are travel partners in soccer, they will play a home and home series in the same weekend.
Aggies Beat Wyoming
NM State concluded its non-conference slate with a 1-0 win at Wyoming, Sept. 15 in Laramie, Wyo. Sophomore defender Mikaela Haley scored her first career goal in the victory. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter recorded a career-high nine saves en route to her second consecutive shutout. In the 51st minute, the Aggies took a 1-0 advantage, when Haley scored on a free kick. The lone score of the game was helped with an assist from senior midfielder Daisy Hernandez, her first of the season.
Aggies Record Tie in Double Overtime
After 110 minutes of action, NM State recorded a 0-0 draw at Northern Colorado, Sept. 13 in Greely, Colo. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter anchored the Aggies with a seven saves. Senior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol and junior midfielder Katie Smith led the Aggie offense with four shots each. The duo tied its career-high marks against the Bears. The Aggies recorded a season-high 13 shots as a team.
Schutter Named WAC Defensive Player of the Week
Senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 9-15. This is her first career honor and the first for the Aggies in 2013. Schutter led the Aggies to two shutouts in the final non-conference weekend of the season. She didn’t give up a goal in 200 minutes of action. At Northern Colorado, Schutter grabbed seven saves, tying a career-high mark. She helped the Aggies to a 0-0 tie against UNC in double overtime. At Wyoming, Schutter recorded her second shutout of the weekend with a career-high nine saves in the 1-0 victory. It marks the first time Schutter has recorded back-to-back shutouts in her career. She has three shutouts this season and six in her career, which ties her for first on NM State’s career shutout list.
Against the Competition
As a team, the Aggies led the WAC in shutouts with three. Individually, senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter leads the league in goals against average (1.27), save percentage (.773), saves (34), shutouts (3) and shutouts per game (0.38).
Defense Takes Charge
The Aggies have three shutouts through eight matches in the 2013 season. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter owns all three shutouts, which is the most she has recorded in a single-season. She has six career shutouts, and is tied for first on NM State’s all-time list.
Aggies Fall in Overtime 2-1
In the second overtime match of the season, the Aggies fell to UC Riverside, 2-1, Sept. 8 in Las Cruces. After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Aggies responded quickly in the second half. NM State evened the score, 1-1, when junior forward Layla Todd found senior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol, who launched a shot from 40-yards away in the 53rd minute. The goal was her second of the season.
Aggies Fall to Stephen F. Austin
NM State began its final non-conference home weekend with a 2-0 loss to Stephen F. Austin, Sept. 6 in Las Cruces. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter recorded six saves. Sophomore defender Mikaela Haley helped the effort and played all 90 minutes.
Koziol Dishes and Delivers
In the 2013 season opener, senior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol recorded both a score and an assist versus Nebraska-Omaha, Aug. 23. She gave the Aggies a 3-0 halftime advantage after knocking in a goal on a corner kick in the 33rd minute. Koziol also provided the assist on Luhrsen’s score in the 16th minute. Koziol is now tied for second in career assists with six. She scored her second goal of the season against UC Riverside, Sept. 8. Koziol now ranks fourth in career goals with seven.
Aggies Edged in Overtime
The Aggies have played in three overtime matches in 2013 and have a 0-2-1 record in extra time. NM State fell to in-state rival New Mexico, 1-0, in the 100th minute, Aug. 25, and UC Riverside, 2-1, in the 95th minute, Sept. 8, and tied Northern Colorado, 0-0 in double overtime, Sept. 13.
Aggies Open UNLV Nike Invitational with Shutout
NM State recorded its first shutout of the season with a 1-0 win over LIU Brooklyn in the first match of the UNLV Nike Invitational, Aug. 30, in Las Vegas, Nev. After a scoreless first half, the Aggies only needed three minutes to break the tie in the second period. Junior forward Layla Todd gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead with a score in the 48th minute from 15-yards out. It was Todd’s second goal of the season, and junior midfielder Katie Smith recorded her first assist of the season on the play. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter recorded the shutout.
Aggies Stumble versus Portland State
NM State ended the UNLV Nike Invitational with a split 1-1 record after falling to Portland State, 7-0, Sept. 1. The Aggie offense fired eight shots with five shots on goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter played the first half. Freshman goalkeeper Tayler Hammack made her Aggie debut in the second period and recorded her first career save.
Haley and Petre Honored at UNLV Nike Invitational
Sophomore defender Mikaela Haley and freshman defender Stephanie Petre earned UNLV Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team honors. The duo helped the Aggies tally their first shutout of the season in the 1-0 win over LIU Brooklyn, Aug. 30.
Todd Continues to Score
After leading the Aggies in goals in 2012, junior forward Layla Todd continued the scoring trend, when she scored the first goal of the season for the Aggies. She converted a rebound off a Nebraska-Omaha defender to give NM State a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Todd’s second goal of the season was the game winner against LIU Brooklyn, Aug. 30. She has nine career goals, which ranks third on the Aggies’ all-time list.
Aggie Offensive Steps Up
With three goals in the season opener against Nebraska-Omaha, Aug. 23, it was the first time the Aggies have scored multiple goals in a game since 2011.
Luhrsen Produces Game-Winners
Junior midfielder Bree Luhrsen has a knack for scoring when the Aggies need it. She increased NM State’s advantage to 2-0, with a shot from the right side from 10-yards away in the 16th-minute of action against Nebraska-Omaha. The goal was the game-winning score in the 3-1 decision and Luhrsen’s fifth career goal. Four of her goals have been game winners, and she ranks tied for second on NM State’s all-time list.
Aggies Picked Fifth in WAC Preseason Poll
NM State was voted to finish fifth in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which is voted on by the league’s seven head coaches. Junior forward Layla Todd earned Preseason All-WAC team honors. She led the Aggies in shots (25) and goals (4) in 2012.
The Aggies continue WAC play on the road with two away matches at Idaho, Friday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. and at Seattle U, Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.