This Week: The
Last Week: The Aggies concluded non-conference play with a 2-1 win at
Previous Meeting: In their first appearance in the WAC Tournament, the No. 5 seed Aggies suffered a 1-0 decision to No. 4 seed
Previous Meeting: In the first-ever meeting,
Road Warriors: Sophomore forward/midfielder Crystal Burns gave the Aggies a 2-1 lead on a 30-yard strike with only 10 minutes left in regulation at Wyoming. The goal was her sixth of the season, and she now has a team-high three game-winning goals in 2010. The Aggies tied the match, 1-1, in the 63rd minute on sophomore midfielder/forward Lauren Cope’s first goal of the season. She blasted the ball into the top right corner of the net when Burns found her behind the defense. NM State’s four-match unbeaten streak was snapped at
Among the Elite: In the NCAA rankings, the Aggies are No. 11 in scoring offense (3.0) and No. 16 in goals against average (0.529). Individually, sophomore midfielder/forward Crystal Burns is sixth in assists per game (0.78), seventh in assists (7), ninth in points per game (2.11) and 18th in points (19.0). Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner is No. 17 in save percentage (0.891) and No. 42 in goals against average (0.672) as of Sept. 26.
Against the Competition: The Aggies rank first in the WAC in goals allowed (0.60), goals against average (0.57), assists per game (2.20) and are tied for first in corner kicks (62). NM State is second in shots (168), points (76), goals (27), goals per game (2.70), assists (22) and is tied for second in shutouts (4). The Aggies are No. 4 in saves (52) as of Sept. 27.
Individually, sophomore midfielder/forward Crystal Burns ranks first in points per game (1.90) and assists per game (0.70). She is tied for first in assists (7) and game-winning goals (3). She is No. 2 in shots per game (3.20) and tied for second in points (19), goals (6) and goals per game (0.60). Burns ranks seventh in shots (32).
Sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion is tied for second in goals (6) and goals per game (0.60). She ranks fourth in points per game (1.30) and tied for fourth in game-winning goals (2) and points (13).
Senior midfielder Nina Yanes is tied for fifth in the WAC in assists (3) and sixth in assists per game (0.33), while freshman forward Dani De La Vina is tied for fifth in assists (3) and seventh in assists per game (0.30).
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner ranks second in save percentage (.885) and saves per game (5.75). She is third in goals against average (0.71) and tied for third in saves (46). She is fourth in shutouts per game (0.25). Bitner and freshman goalkeeper Erin Wosick are tied for fourth in shutouts (2).
Burn Notice: Sophomore forward/midfielder Crystal Burns was named Verizon WAC Offensive Player of the Week, for the week of Sept. 13-19. This is her first career honor, and she is the third Aggie to earn the recognition this season. Burns scored four goals and added three assists in a pair of wins for the Aggie soccer team over Alabama A&M, 8-0, Sept. 17, and Lamar, 4-0, Sept. 19. Against Alabama A&M, she scored two goals and added an assist, including her second game-winning goal of the season. It was her first-ever multiple-goal contest at NM State. In a 4-0 win over Lamar, Burns tallied two goals and two assists. She posted an impressive .833 shots on goal percentage in the final two non-conference matches of the season.
Home Fries: In the final two non-conference home matches of the season, the Aggies defeated Alabama A&M, 8-0, and Lamar, 4-0. NM State tied the school record for goals in a match against Alabama A&M. Sophomore midfielder/forward Crystal Burns scored a match-high two goals. NM State recorded its second consecutive shutout, and freshman goalkeeper Erin Wosick posted her second career shutout. In the win over Lamar, the Aggies recorded their third consecutive shutout, and Burns scored a pair of goals in the second straight match.
Protecting Home Turf: The Aggies went undefeated at home in non-conference play this season with a 5-0-2 record in seven matches. The first two overtime contests of the season occurred at home with 1-1 ties in double overtime to Northern Arizona and
Into the Net: The Aggie offense has been fierce this season with 27 goals scored in 10 matches. In 2009, NM State only scored 23 goals in 19 matches. The Aggies have also scored eight goals in a match twice this season against Prairie View A&M and Alabama A&M.
It’s a No-No: The Aggie defense didn’t allow a goal in the final three non-conference home matches (
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
Quick Strike: Sophomore forward/midfielder Crystal Burns led the Aggies to a 1-0 win over
A Stifling Defense: The NM State defense has been strong in 2010. The Aggies have only allowed six goals in 10 matches and haven’t allowed multiple goals in game. NM State posted a season-high nine saves against
Clutch Performance: For the second time, sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion tied the match for the Aggies with a second half goal against
Tough Under Pressure: Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner has been solid for the Aggies. In 764:31 minutes, she has a team-high 46 saves with a 0.71 goals against average and .885 save percentage.
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
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
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.
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.
Extra Time: In the season opener against
Looking Ahead: The Aggies return to the road for a pair of conference matches at