Aggie Soccer Meets Alabama A&M and Lamar
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  09/14/2010


This Week: The New Mexico State soccer team concludes a four-match home stand with its final non-conference contests inside Aggie Memorial Stadium versus Alabama A&M, Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. and Lamar, Sunday Sept. 19 at noon. Friday’s match against Alabama A&M is NM State’s first televised contest with AggieVision carrying the game live on Comcast stations across the state.


Last Week: In the only match of the week, the NM State soccer team defeated North Dakota, 1-0, Sept. 10 in Las Cruces. Sophomore forward/midfielder Crystal Burns scored the game-winning goal in the eighth minute of the game. The Aggie defense recorded its second shutout of the year with a season-high nine saves.


Alabama A&M: The Lady Bulldogs are 0-6-0 this season following a 9-0 loss at Georgia State, Sept. 7. Alabama A&M travels to Austin Peay, Sept. 14, before making the trip to Las Cruces. Celeste Roberts leads the Lady Bulldogs with a goal scored and a team-high nine shots. Alabama A&M has used four goalkeepers this season with Linda Aboagye posting a team-best 36 saves.


Series Notes: This is the first meeting in program history between the two teams. The Lady Bulldogs are the second team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference the Aggies have faced this year.


Lamar: The Cardinals are currently 2-4-0 after a 3-0 loss to North Texas, Sept. 12, in the Red Raider Classic in Lubbock, Texas. Lamar meets UTEP, Sept. 17, prior to the meeting with the Aggies. Lisa Hance and Kari Busch are directing the Cardinal offense with three goals each while Jennifer Gibbs has 24 saves in goal.


Series Notes: The Aggies have a 1-0 all-time advantage against Lamar after defeating the Cardinals, 2-1, in the Lamar Soccer Classic last season.


Previous Meeting: With only two minutes remaining in regulation, the Aggies defeated Lamar, 2-1, in the first match of the Lamar Soccer Classic, Sept. 25, at the Lamar Soccer Complex in Beaumont, Texas. Yolanda McMillion lifted the Aggies to victory with her second goal of the season in the 88th minute. Vanessa Novella recorded her first assist on the play. Marisa Moya gave the Aggies a 1-0 advantage after a score in the 25-minute mark on a free kick from 65-yards away. The goal was her career first at NM State.


Protecting Home Turf: The Aggies are undefeated at home this season with a 3-0-2 record in five home matches. Both overtime contests of the season have occurred at home with 1-1 ties in double overtime to Northern Arizona and Montana.


Bitner Recognized: Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner was named the Verizon WAC Defensive Player of the Week, for the week of Sept. 6-12. This is her first career honor. Bitner anchored the Aggie defense to a 1-0 shutout victory over North Dakota, Sept. 10. She collected her first career shutout behind a season-high nine saves. Bitner also posted a 1.000 save percentage in 90 minutes of play. She is the second Aggie to earn the award this season.


Quick Strike: Sophomore forward/midfielder Crystal Burns led the Aggies to a 1-0 win over North Dakota, Sept. 10, in Las Cruces, with her first goal of the season in the eighth minute of action. The score was also her first career game-winning goal at NM State.


A Stifling Defense: The NM State defense has been strong in 2010. The Aggies have only allowed four goals in six matches and haven’t allowed multiple goals in game. NM State posted a season-high nine saves against North Dakota, Sept. 10.


Clutch Performance: For the second time, sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion tied the match for the Aggies with a second half goal against Northern Arizona. She also tied the contest with Montana at 1-1. Additionally, McMillion has two game-winning goals this season.


Tough Under Pressure: Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner has been solid for the Aggies. In 490 minutes, she has a team-high 33 saves with a 0.73 goals against average and .892 save percentage.


Title Town: NM State claimed its second tournament title in two years following a pair of wins over Prairie View A&M, 8-0, and Jacksonville State, 2-1, in the inaugural Hotel Encanto Aggie Classic in Las Cruces. Sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion led the Aggies with the first hat trick in school history with three goals in the tournament finale against Prairie View A&M. NM State posted its first shutout of the season in freshman goalkeeper Erin Wosick’s first career start. The Aggies won its first match of the season with a 2-1 victory over Jacksonville State, and McMillion scored the game-winning goal in the 64th minute. 


McMillion Honored: Sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week, Aug. 30. This is the first career honor for McMillion. She led the Aggies to the Hotel Encanto Aggie Classic title with the first hat trick in school history. McMillion scored three goals in NM State’s 8-0 victory against Prairie View A&M, Aug. 29. She also scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Jacksonville State, Aug. 27. For the week, McMillion posted a team-high four goals, two game-winning goals, and eight points with a .714 shots on goal percentage. She also became the first Aggie in school history to score multiple goals in a single match.


Records Fall: In the win over Prairie View A&M, the Aggies set five new records including goals (eight), points (23), assists (7), shots on goal (20) and corner kicks (18). The Aggies also posted their first shutout of the season.


High Powered Offense: The Aggie offense was dangerous in the Hotel Encanto Aggie Classic. NM State out-shot opponents, 57-15, in the two matches. The Aggies set a school record for shots in a match with 29 against Jacksonville State.


In the net: Sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion scored the first goal of the 2010 season for the Aggies against Montana, Aug. 22. She leads the team in goals (6), points (12) and game-winning goals (2).


Senior Contributions: Senior midfielders Baili Foutz and Nina Yanes helped the Aggies to their second tournament crown. Foutz scored her first two career goals against Prairie View A&M. Yanes recorded her first three career assists also versus the Panthers.


A Timely Score: Freshman midfielder Mary Kate Koziol tied the match with Jacksonville State at 1-1 with her first career goal. She then followed that performance with a pair of assists against Prairie View A&M.


Scoring Machines: Prior to the Prairie View A&M contest, the Aggies didn’t have a player score more than a single goal in a match. But that changed with sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion’s hat trick and a pair of goals from senior midfielder Baili Foutz and redshirt sophomore defender Heather Goldberg. The appearance against Prairie View A&M was Goldberg’s first showing in the Crimson and White.


Youth Movement: Freshman midfielder Dani De La Vina became the second freshman to score for the Aggies this season. She recorded her first goal against Prairie View A&M.


Dazzling Debut: Freshman goalkeeper Erin Wosick recorded a shutout in her first career start against Prairie View A&M. She also collected three saves.


Extra Time: In the season opener against Montana, Aug. 22, the Aggies played their first overtime match of the year. The 1-1 double overtime draw was the first tie of the season and at home. The contest was also the first tie with a non-conference opponent in school history. In the second double overtime match of the season, NM State posted a 1-1 tie with Northern Arizona, Sept. 5. The Aggies evened the scored in the 64th minute when sophomore forward Crystal Burns found sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion.


Against the Competition: The Aggies rank first in the WAC in goals allowed (0.67), goals against average (0.62) and corner kicks (48). NM State is second in shots (114), points (37), goals (13), goals per game (2.17) and assists per game (1.83) and tied for second in shutouts (2). The Aggies are No. 3 in saves (36).  


Individually, sophomore midfielder/forward Crystal Burns ranks second in the conference in shots per game (4.00) and third in shots (24). Burns is tied for third in assists (3) and tied for fourth in assists per game (0.50). She is also tied for fourth in game-winning goals (1).


Sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion is first in points per game (2.00) and goals per game (1.00). She ranks second in points (12), goals (6) and tied for second in game-winning goals (2).


Senior midfielder Nina Yanes is second in the WAC in assists per game (0.60) and tied for third in assists (3). Freshman midfielder Mary Kate Koziol is tied for eighth in assists (2) and assists per game (0.33).


Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner ranks second in save percentage (.892), saves per game (6.60), saves (33) and goals against average (0.73). She is tied for third in shutouts (1) and shutouts per game (0.20). Freshman goalkeeper Erin Wosick is tied for third in shutouts (1).


Additionally, the Aggies are leading the WAC in home attendance with an average of 978 fans per match in the five contests at Aggie Memorial Stadium.


The Newest Aggies: NM State has added 13 newcomers to the roster in 2010. Freshmen midfielder/forward Dani De La Vina, midfielder/defender Olivia Sierra, midfielder Megan Thompson, forward/defender Kristen Powers, defender Amber Vega, midfielder Daisy Hernandez, midfielder Mary Kate Koziol, goalkeeper Erin Wosick, defender Mickey Giles, midfielder Marie Ipock, sophomore defender Megan Hendler, junior defender Ally Feels and forward Cassandra Branch.


A Season of Firsts: The Aggies accomplished many things in 2009. Sophomore forward/midfielder Crystal Burns scored the first goal in school history against Idaho State. She finished the year with four goals. The Aggies defeated Colorado State-Pueblo, 2-1, Sept. 4, for the first win for the program. NM State also won its first even WAC match with a 1-0 overtime victory over Boise State, Oct. 2.


Honors and Awards: The Aggies garnered many accolades in 2009. The team had two conference players of the week. Sophomore midfielder/forward Lauren Cope was NM State’s first WAC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 5) while Katie Graul was the first WAC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 12). Graul was also a first team All-WAC selection in 2009 while midfielder Jazmin Cardoso was a second team pick.


Home Slate: The Aggies have 12 home matches scheduled for 2010. NM State hosts UTEP, Montana, Northern Arizona, North Dakota, Alabama A&M and Lamar along with Jacksonville State and Prairie View A&M in the Hotel Encanto Aggie Classic. NM State also faces Utah State, Fresno State, San Jose State and Louisiana Tech in Aggie Memorial Stadium for the first time.


Looking Ahead: NM State has a tough road ahead with five of the next six matches away from Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies travel to Northern Colorado, Sept. 24, and Wyoming, Sept. 26.


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