This Week: The New Mexico State soccer team travels north for its final non-conference road trip of the season. The Aggies face Idaho State, Friday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. in Pocatello, Idaho, and Weber State, Sunday, Sept. 18 at noon in Ogden, Utah.
Idaho State: The Bengals are 3-4-0 following a 6-1 loss at Utah State, Sept. 11. Idaho State hasn't played at home since Aug. 30, with a 2-1 record in Pocatello. Freshman forward Amanda Ellsworth is guiding the offense with four of the team's 11 goals. She also has a team-high 17 shots. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Carly Hutchings-Maloney has the majority of the minutes for the Bengals with 21 saves and a 2.24 goals against average.
Series Notes: Idaho State leads the all-time series 1-0 after a 2-1 double overtime win in the Aggies' program home opener, Aug. 23, 2009.
Previous Meeting: In NM State's first-ever soccer match in Aggie Memorial Stadium, the Aggies suffered a 2-1 double overtime loss to Idaho State, Aug. 23, 2009. Forward Crystal Burns scored the first-ever goal for the Aggies at the 86:39 mark to force overtime. Goalkeeper Katie Graul gave an outstanding performance with a season-high 14 saves.
Weber State: The Wildcats are currently 1-5-0 this season prior to their meeting at Utah, Sept. 16. Sunday's match is only Weber State's second home match of the year. The Wildcats have held opponents to only seven goals with goalkeepers Kirsten Anderson and Ryann Waldman splitting time.
Series Notes: Sunday's match is the first meeting in school history between the Aggies and Wildcats.
Weekend Recap: In a pair on non-conference home matches, the Aggies shutout Northern Colorado, 1-0, Sept. 9, and Arkansas-Little Rock, 3-0, Sept. 11. NM State set the program record with its sixth consecutive win, Sept. 11. The Aggies also have five shutouts in 2011. In the weekend finale, freshman forward Jennae Cambra scored two first-half goals against UALR. It was her first career multiple-goal game. She was also the first Aggie to achieve the feat this season. Freshman midfielder Katie Smith and sophomore midfielder Daisy Hernandez posted their first assists of the season on the Cambra goals. Additionally, Smith contributed a score, which is her third of the season. Against Northern Colorado, sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol scored with 20 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Aggies a 1-0 win.
Hendler Collects: Junior defender Megan Hendler earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after she guided the Aggies to a pair of shutouts. This is her first career award and the first for the Aggies in 2011. She led the Aggies to only allowing six shots on goal.
Cambra Takes Two: Freshman forward Jennae Cambra needed only six minutes to score against Arkansas-Little Rock and direct the Aggies to their sixth consecutive win. She added another goal before halftime in the 3-0 win. This is her first career multiple-goal game, and she is the first Aggie with multiple goals in a match this season. She now has three scores in 2011, which ties for a team high.
Schutter Helps Aggies to Fifth Shutout: In her first career start, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Schutter didn't allow goal in 90 minutes of action against Arkansas-Little Rock. She grabbed four saves in her first career shutout and the program-record fifth of 2011.
Under the Friday Night Lights: In the final minute of regulation, sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol scored the lone goal of the match to give NM State a 1-0 win over Northern Colorado, Sept. 9. With only 20 seconds remaining in the contest, junior defender Vanessa Thomas found Koziol in the center of the box for the game-winning goal. Koziol leads the Aggies with three goals this season, while the assist was a career first for Thomas.
Defense Steps Up: In NM State's six-match winning streak, the Aggies have only allowed one goal. The Crimson and White have five shutouts in 2011, which is a new program record.
On a Roll: The Aggies have won the last six matches after the season opening road trip. The six consecutive wins is a school record that the Aggies broke with the 3-0 win over Arkansas-Little Rock, Sept. 11. The NM State unbeaten streak is seven matches, which includes a draw, was set in 2009.
Aggies Take Tournament Title: NM State captured the Adidas/Gamecock Soccer Classic crown with a 1-0 win over Tennessee Tech, Sept. 4. NM State scored quickly, when sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol fired a strike from 30 yards away to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute. Defensively, the Aggies allowed only six shots, and sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick collected her third shutout of the season with four saves. Koziol, Wosick and senior forward Cassandra Branch earned all-tournament teams honors for their play in the classic.
The Aggies opened the classic with a 2-1 win over tournament host Jacksonville State, Sept. 2. This was the first road win of the season for the Aggies. After a scoreless first half, the Aggies attacked quickly in the second period, when freshman forward Katie Smith scored 22 seconds into the half. Junior forward Yolanda McMillion scored her first goal of the season in the 55th minute to reclaim the Aggie lead. Freshman forward Jennae Cambra recorded her first career assist on the goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick recorded five saves.
Road Tested: The Aggies won their first away game of the season against Jacksonville State, 2-1, Sept. 2. NM State then defeated Tennessee Tech, 1-0, on a neutral field, Sept. 4. This was the first time since the 2009 season the Aggies won consecutive away games.
Leading the Charge: At goalkeeper, sophomore Erin Wosick earned not only five wins in her last five matches played but also four shutouts. She now has the school record for career shutouts with six. Additionally, Wosick has the most shutouts in a single-season in program history with four after the 1-0 win over Northern Colorado, Sept. 9.
A Major Difference: The Aggie offense hasn't hesitated to fire in the last six matches. NM State has enjoyed a 111-40 shot differential in its win streak. On the season, NM State is 5-0 when the Aggies out-shoot their opponents and 6-0 when they score the first goal of the match.
McMillion Scores: With her first goal of the season scored against Jacksonville State, Sept. 2, junior forward Yolanda McMillion is now the sole owner of the school record for career goals with 11. This season, McMillion is leading the Aggies with 22 shots and 13 on goal.
On the edge: With an offense dominating the ball, the Aggies have a 28-7 advantage in corner kicks in the last six matches. NM State is now 5-0 on the season when it has more corner kicks.
Straight to the Point: Sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol has scored three goals this season and all have been game-winning goals. She now has five career goals. Koziol is now second on the Aggies' all-time game-winning goals list with four in her career. Additionally, she is tied for a team-high three goals and seven points.
Fire Away: After eight games of the season, junior forward Yolanda McMillion leads the team with 22 shots and 13 on goal. Freshman forward Jennae Cambra follows with 17 shots and 12 on goal.
Strikers: After eight matches, the Aggies have improved their shots on goal percentage to .605, which compares to the opponents' .456 mark. NM State is also averaging 15.5 shots per game. The Aggies have also recorded 10 or more shots on goals three times this season.
Goal Stoppers: In 2011, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick has 28 saves. She set a season-high mark with seven saves at Texas Tech. Wosick and the Aggie back line have only allowed one first-half score.
Conference Comparison: In the WAC, the Aggies rank second in shots (124), goals against average (0.44), shutouts (5), home attendance average (729) and tied for second in goals allowed (4). Individually, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick ranks second in the league in shutouts per game (0.57), tied for second in shutouts (4), third in goals against average (0.50), tied for third in save percentage (.875) and fifth in saves (28). Sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol is second in game-winning goals with (3).
Home openers: The Aggies won a pair of matches with shutout victories over Prairie View A&M, 4-0, and Houston Baptist, 2-0. For the first win of 2011, the Aggies had four freshmen score their first career goals in the match. Freshman midfielder Bree Luhrsen recorded her first career goal to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead during the 12th minute of action. Freshman midfielder Katie Smith, freshman forward Katelynn Tupponce and freshman forward Jennae Cambra also scored for NM State. Junior forward Yolanda McMillion had two assists in the contest. Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick also recorded her first shutout of the year.
In the win over Houston Baptist, sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol recorded her first goal of the season in the second half. Senior forward Cassandra Branch also had her first career assist on the play. The Aggies added an insurance goal on a corner kick in the 82nd minute to take a 2-0 advantage. Junior defeater Courtney Irwin scored with a header on a pass from Koziol. Irwin's goal was her first of 2011 and second of her career.
Scoring Opportunities: The Aggies tied two school records against Houston Baptist, Aug. 28. NM State fired 29 shots and 20 shots on goal versus the Huskies that tied the marks set last season against Jacksonville State and Prairie View A&M, respectively.
Season-Best Performances: NM State recorded season highs in points (11), goals (4), assists (3) and corner kicks (8) against Prairie View A&M. The Aggies also had a season high in shots (29) and shots on goal (20) versus Houston Baptist.
Making their Mark: Against Prairie View A&M, four freshmen recorded their first career goals including forward Jennae Cambra along with midfielders Bree Luhrsen, midfielder Katie Smith and Katelynn Tupponce.
A Helping Hand: Junior defender Megan Hendler recorded her first assist of the 2011 season against Prairie View A&M, when she found Katie Smith to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead. Hendler now has two career assists.
In the second half of the Prairie View A&M match, junior forward Yolanda McMillion contributed two assists on the Katelynn Tupponce and Jennae Cambra goals. This was her first multiple-assist match. She now has three career assists.
Against Houston Baptist, senior forward Cassandra Branch posted her first career assist. She found sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol for the game-winning goal in the 59th minute.
Answering the Call: Junior defender Courtney Irwin anchored the Aggie defense to a pair of shutout victories over Prairie View A&M, 4-0, Aug. 26, and Houston Baptist, 2-0, Aug. 28. At the center back position, she and the Aggies only allowed six shots and five shots on goal in the pair of wins. Additionally, Irwin scored a goal with a header on a corner kick against Houston Baptist. The goal was the second of her career.
Opening Weekend: In the first-ever meeting against a Big 12 opponent, the New Mexico State soccer team fell at Texas Tech, 1-0, Aug. 21. Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick directed the Aggie defense with a season-high seven saves.
NM State fell at UTEP, 2-0, Aug. 19, in the 2011 season opener after a pair of late goals. Freshman forward Jennae Cambra led the Aggie offense with four shots and two shots on goal. Wosick anchored the Crimson and White with five saves. For the first time in program history, the Aggies opened the season with a pair of road matches. It also marked the first season opener that ended in regulation.
A New Era: A new chapter in Aggie soccer began in the offseason when Blair Quinn was hired as head coach, April 13, 2011. He recorded his first Aggie win with a 4-0 victory over Prairie View A&M, Aug. 26. He is the second head coach in Aggie school history. Quinn spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona State. He helped guide the Sun Devils to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010 for only the second time in school history.
Soccer Athletic Complex: The opening of the Aggies' new home, the Soccer Athletic Complex, will be delayed until next season. The facility is located between the Coca-Cola Weight Center and the NM State Softball Complex. The new field has a natural grass surface, and will share amenities with the softball complex such as the entrance, ticket booth, concessions and restrooms. Due to construction delays, NM State will play its matches inside Aggie Memorial Stadium this season.
Looking Ahead: The Aggies conclude non-conference play in Las Cruces against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Sept. 23, and in-state rival New Mexico, Sept. 25.