Aggie Soccer Hosts Senior Night Friday
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  10/26/2010


This Week: The New Mexico State soccer team hosts Louisiana Tech in the regular season finale, Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. NM State is also honoring seniors Baili Foutz, Marisa Moya and Nina Yanes following the contest. The match is available live on AggieVision across the state on Comcast stations.


Last Week: In the final WAC road match of the regular season, the Aggies recorded a 2-2 tie in double overtime at Hawai’i, Oct. 24. The draw was the first for the Aggies in conference play this season.


Louisiana Tech: The Lady Techsters are 14-5 and 4-3 in the WAC. Louisiana Tech has scored 50 goals this season, and Rachel King and Kiva Gresham are leading the way with 12 and 11 goals, respectively. Defensively, Caitlin Updyke is anchoring the team with 59 saves, 0.98 goals against average and .787 save percentage. 


Series Notes: Louisiana Tech has a 1-0 lead in the all-time series. The Lady Techsters defeated the Aggies, 2-1, in double overtime, Oct. 23, 2009, in Ruston, La.


Previous Meeting: Midfielder Kassie Martinez scored her first career goal at Louisiana Tech, Oct. 23, but NM State fell in double overtime, 2-1. With less than two minutes in regulation, Martinez tied the match at 1-1 to force extra time.


Island Connection: In the first trip to Hawai’i, the Aggies tied the match 1-1 when sophomore forward Crystal Burns found sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion on a cross in the 9th minute. McMillion now has a team-high seven goals this season. In the 57th minute, NM State then tied the match, 2-2, with its first own goal of the season.


Vying for the Final Spot: The regular season finale against Louisiana Tech is vital for the Aggies to clinch the sixth and final spot in the WAC Tournament. Fresno State, Hawai’i and Nevada are also in the running. Currently, the Aggies are tied for eighth with Nevada with four points with a match remaining. Fresno State stands in sixth with seven points and Hawai’i is in seventh with five points, but each team has two conference matches to play.


Senior Farewells: The Aggies are celebrating three seniors this season that have made an impact in the NM State program. Midfielders Baili Foutz, Marisa Moya and Nina Yanes will be honored following Friday’s match.


Foutz has started in all 17 matches in 2010. She scored two goals this season and both were a part of the historic 8-0 win over Prairie View A&M. Foutz also has three assists, seven points, 28 shots and 14 shots on goal this year. As a junior, she started in 18 contests and tied for a team-high three assists.


Moya has been sidelined with an injury this season. In 2009, she played in 11 matches and started in 10 contests before a season-ending injury. Moya scored her first career goal on a free kick at Lamar. Last year, she was honored with the inaugural Matt Stauffer Coaches Award and an Academic All-WAC selection.


Yanes has appeared in 13 matches this year with three assists, three points, 19 shots and eight shots on goal. In her junior campaign, she started in 18 matches and scored two goals in the inaugural season. Yanes’ first career score was the game-winning goal in the program’s first victory, a 2-1 decision at Colorado State-Pueblo. She ranked second in shots (35) and third in shots on goal (16) last season.


The 2010 Campaign: The Aggies have set new single-game marks in many categories this year. NM State has new standards for points (23), goals (8), assists (7), shots (29), shots on goal (20) and corner kicks (18).


The Aggies also broke school records for wins at home in a season (6), goals (34), assists (26), points (94), shots (231) and corner kicks (83) in 2010. Additionally, NM State has matched last year’s mark for penalty kicks (3-for-3).


Bits and Pieces: The draw at Hawai’i, Oct. 24, was the first tie for the Aggies in WAC play this season and second in school history. This was the fifth overtime match of the season and fourth that went into double OT. The Aggies have a 0-2-3 record in overtime matches this year.


The First WAC Win: The Aggies earned its first WAC victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Fresno State, Oct. 15. Freshman midfielder/forward Dani De La Vina scored in the 10th minute of the contest for her third goal of the season. After Fresno State tied the match, freshman midfielder Mary Kate Koziol sank a penalty kick in the 84th minute to give the Aggies a 2-1 advantage. The score was Koziol’s second of the year, and NM State is 3-for-3 on penalty kicks. In the win, the Aggies moved to 5-0 when they take a lead into halftime.


The Aggies concluded the weekend with a 2-1 loss to San Jose State, Oct. 17. After trailing 1-0, freshman midfielder Daisy Hernandez tied the match when she headed a ball into the net on a free kick. The loss to San Jose State was the first of the season when the Aggies out-shoot an opponent. NM State had an 11-6 advantage in shots.


A Rough Road: The Aggies fell at Boise State, 6-0, Oct. 8, and at Idaho, 4-1, Oct. 10. Against the Vandals, sophomore midfielder/forward Lauren Cope put back a rebound to give the Aggies a 1-0 advantage in the first two minutes of the match. The goal was Cope’s second of the season, while freshman forward/defender Kristen Powers recorded her first career assist on the play. The Aggies also posted a season-high 12 saves at Idaho. The match at Idaho was the Aggies’ first loss when they scored the first goal and took more corner kicks.


A Tough Start: The Aggies opened WAC play with a tough 2-1 double overtime loss at Nevada, Oct. 1. Freshman forward/defender Kristen Powers scored her first WAC goal to tie the contest, 1-1, with five minutes remaining in regulation. In the defensive struggle, redshirt freshman Mikaela Bitner grabbed a career-high 11 saves. The WAC opener was also the first time the Aggies allowed more than a single goal in a match. NM State then suffered its first loss at home this year with a 3-0 decision to Utah State in the conference home opener, Oct. 3.


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 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 Northern Colorado with a 1-0 overtime loss. This was the first goal allowed in 429 minutes for the Aggies.


Among the Elite: In the NCAA rankings, the Aggies are No. 43 in scoring offense (2.0). Individually, sophomore midfielder/forward Crystal Burns is 19th in assists per game (0.50) and No. 30 in total assists (8.0) as of Oct. 24.


Against the Competition: The Aggies rank third in the WAC in saves (99), points (95), goals (34), goals per game (2.00), assists (27), assists per game (1.59) and corner kicks (83) as of Oct. 25.


Individually, sophomore midfielder/forward Crystal Burns ranks second in assists per game (0.50) and tied for second in assists (8). She is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (3) and sixth in points per game (1.25). Burns ranks eighth in points (20), ninth in goals (6) and goals per game (0.38) tied for ninth in shots per game (2.38) and 10th in shots (38).


Sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion is eighth in goals (7) and goals per game (0.41). Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner ranks first in saves per game (6.09) and second in save percentage (.827). She is fifth in saves (67). Freshman goalkeeper Erin Wosick ranks fourth in shutouts per game (0.29).


In WAC matches only, the Aggies have a league-best 47 saves. Additionally, Bitner ranks first in saves per game (7.00) and Wosick is fourth (5.00).


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 Montana.


Into the Net: The Aggie offense has been fierce this season with 34 goals scored in 17 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 (North Dakota, Alabama A&M and Lamar). NM State held Alabama A&M to three shots, a season-best mark. The Aggies also held both Alabama A&M and Lamar to two shots on goal, a season-best showing.


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.


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.


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.


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 Aggies set a school record for shots in a match with 29 against Jacksonville State.


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 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.


Looking Ahead: With a win, the Aggies are hoping to make their second consecutive trip to the WAC Tournament. Louisiana Tech is hosting the 2010 tournament in Ruston, La., Nov. 4-5 and 7.

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