This Week: The
Last Week: In the final WAC road match of the regular season, the Aggies recorded a 2-2 tie in double overtime at
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,
Island Connection: In the first trip to
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.
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
The First WAC Win: The Aggies earned its first WAC victory of the season with a 2-1 win over
The Aggies concluded the weekend with a 2-1 loss to
A Tough Start: The Aggies opened WAC play with a tough 2-1 double overtime loss at
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
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
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 (
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
Clutch Performance: For the second time, sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion tied the match for the Aggies with a second half goal against
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 Aggies set a school record for shots in a match with 29 against
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: 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