Aggies Host Seattle U and Idaho
The Aggies return home to the NM State Soccer Complex on Friday, Oct. 25 to take on Seattle U for the second time this season. The Aggies then host Idaho on Sunday, Oct. 27.
“The Pink Game”
The NM State soccer team has designated Sunday’s game versus Idaho as “The Pink Game” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team will wear pink during the game in honor of the survivors and those lost by the disease.
The Redhawks head the WAC with a perfect 8-0 record in conference play. The team is 11-2-2 overall this season but has not lost a game since Sept. 13 against Washington. Stephanie Verdoia leads the team with 12 goals this year and 54 shots. She also has 10 assists and 27 shots on goal. Natasha Howe has scored seven goals for SU this season with 14 shots on goal.
Seattle holds a 2-0 record over the Aggies going into the weekend. Playing once in 2012, the teams met most recently in Seattle, where the Aggies fell 0-3. This is the second season the teams have met as conference opponents.
The Vandals are 3-5 in WAC play and 3-12 overall this season. Sitting just one spot up from the Aggies in conference standings, the Vandals are led by Katie Baran, who has started each of the team’s 15 games and has scored twice. Three other Vandals have two goals this season, but Baran also leads the team with three assists and has eight shots on goal.
The Vandals and the Aggies have met five times in program history. Idaho leads the series 1-3-1 with NM State winning just the first ever meeting in 2009. Idaho claimed a 2-3 win over the Aggies in late September and currently are sixth in the WAC standings.
NM State Falls in Final Road Game
The Aggies dropped their final road game of the season 0-1 at Grand Canyon University, Friday, Oct. 18, in Phoenix, Ariz. The loss is the second straight to the Lopes, but first time being shut out since Sept. 29 against Seattle U. The Aggies move to 4-10-2 this season and 1-6-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. NM State had seven shots on the game, while GCU managed 13. Six of the Aggies shots were on goal, and just three came in the final 45 minutes of play. Cassie Beckwith scored the only goal of the game, giving the Lopes the win over the Aggies. It came off an assist from a free kick.
Cambra Named WAC Offensive Player of the Week
Jannae Cambra was named Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 7-13. Cambra, a junior forward from Morgan Hill, Calif. (Sobrato HS), scored each of the Aggies’ three goals over the weekend with five shots on goal. She helped NM State comeback from a 2-0 deficit at Utah Valley, scoring two goals to secure a 2-2 tie. She also scored NM State’s lone goal in a 2-1 double-overtime loss at Bakersfield earlier in the week. Over her two matches, Cambra recorded three goals, five shots on goal and six points.
Soccer Ties 2-2 with Utah Valley
NM State tied 2-2 with Utah Valley on Sunday, Oct. 13, after a double-overtime battle. The teams went into halftime with UVU leading 2-0. The Wolverines scores both its first-half goals within three and a half minutes of each other. The Aggies came back to tie the game in the second half and force overtime play. Junior Jennae Cambra scored from 10 yards out off a long pass from fellow junior Mary Kate Koziol in the 53rd minute. Cambra scored her fourth goal of the season just minutes later with a header into the goal off a cross from junior Katie Smith. The two overtime periods remained scoreless, with the Aggies outshooting the Wolverines 5-2 in the extra periods.
Bakersfield Stops Aggies 1-2 in Two Overtimes
For the second straight game, the New Mexico State soccer team fell in a double-overtime match. The Aggies dropped a 2-1 game to CSU Bakersfield on Friday, Oct. 11. The ‘Runners scored first with a pair of touch passes for a goal in the 33rd minute of play to lead the Aggies going into halftime.
NM State came back to score early in the second half. Junior Jennae Cambra scored her second goal this season with a shot from about 15 yards out after a pass from senior Daisy Hernandez. As the clock winded down, NM State and Bakersfield headed into overtime. It took until the second overtime for the game to be decided. Bakersfield’s Hedda Regefalk scored off a long pass to score the game winner for the ‘Runners with just 1:56 remaining in the second overtime period. NM State outshot Bakersfield in overtime 6-3, including three more shots in the second overtime.
Aggies Fall to GCU in Double Overtime
NM State moved to 4-8-1 on the year and 1-4 in Western Athletic Conference play, while Grand Canyon picked up its first conference win since joining the league. After trailing 1-0 at halftime, senior Daisy Hernandez evened the score 1-1 with a penalty kick in the first minute and a half of the second period. The goal was Hernandez’s second this season. GCU scored first with a goal in the 21st minute of play and the teams headed into overtime with a 1-1 tie after regulation. The Antelopes ended the match with a goal in the 105th minute of action.
NM State Shutout by Seattle on the Road
The NM State offense stalled with only three shots in the match in the 0-3 loss to Seattle U on Sept. 29. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter grabbed six saves for the Crimson and White. The Redhawks posted a 1-0 advantage at halftime following the lone goal of the first half in the 27th-minute of action. Seattle U increased its lead to 2-0 with a score in the 51st minute. In the final minutes of the game, the Redhawks tacked on a third goal in the 83rd minute.
Aggies Fall Twice on the Road
In the first meeting with the Idaho Vandals this season, the Aggies fell 2-3 in Moscow, Idaho, Sept. 27. Junior forward Jennae Cambra scored first for the Aggies from 20-yards away to tie the game after Idaho scored in the first 20 minutes. The Vandals scored late in the first half for a 2-1 lead before junior forward Layla Todd tied the score with her third goal of the season. The Vandals scored in the 52nd minute for the win.
Against the Competition
Individually, senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter leads the league in saves (73), shutouts (3) and shutouts per game (0.30).
Aggies Win WAC Home Opener
In the second meeting of the weekend against Kansas City, NM State earned its first WAC win of the season with a 2-1 victory, Sept. 22 in Las Cruces. Senior midfielder Daisy Hernandez scored the game-winning goal in the closing minutes of regulation to secure the win for the Aggies. With the scored knotted at 1-1 in the final minutes of the match, Hernandez converted the penalty kick in the 87th minute for a 2-1 lead. The goal was the first of the season for Hernandez and her first career penalty-kick attempt. Kansas City scored first, but the tied the game at 1-1 before halftime, when junior midfielder Katie Smith recorded her first goal of the season.
Aggies Fall at Kansas City in WAC Opener
In the 2013 WAC opener, NM State fell at Kansas City, 3-0, Sept. 20 in Kansas City, Mo. The Aggies fell behind 1-0 when Kansas City scored in the sixth minute. Before the half, the Kangaroos added another score in the 39th minute of action to take a 2-0 lead into the break. In the second half, Kansas City increased its lead to 3-0 with a goal in the 58th minute.
Aggies Record Tie in Double Overtime
After 110 minutes of action, NM State recorded a 0-0 draw at Northern Colorado, Sept. 13 in Greeley, 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 Aggies recorded 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.
Defense Takes Charge
The Aggies have three shutouts through 16 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 five overtime matches in 2013 and have a 0-3-2 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. Most recently, NM State fell in double overtime to Bakersfield 1-2 and made a second-half comeback to tie Utah Valley 2-2 in double.
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 10 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.
NM State concludes the regular season with a pair of home games. The Aggies welcome Utah Valley on Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. and then wraps up the season on Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. at the NM State Soccer Complex.