This Week: The New Mexico State soccer team concludes non-conference play with two home matches. The Aggies meet Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. and in-state rival New Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. inside Aggie Memorial Stadium.
Embry-Riddle: The Eagles have a 1-6-0 record this season following a 3-1 loss at Northern Arizona, Sept. 17. Freshman Riley Stevenson scored the lone goal for the Eagles against NAU. Embry-Riddle is an NAIA program from Prescott, Ariz.
Series Notes: Friday's match is the first meeting in school history between the Aggies and Eagles.
New Mexico: The Lobos are 4-4-2 this year after splitting a pair of home matches last weekend. New Mexico lost to Cal State Fullerton, 3-2, in overtime, Sept. 16, and then defeated UC Riverside, 2-1, Sept. 18. Senior forward Jennifer Williams has a team-high four goals in 2011. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Kelli Cornell has a 0.93 goals against average, .667 save percentage and four shutouts. The Lobos host Oklahoma, Friday, Sept. 23, prior to meeting the Aggies in Las Cruces.
Series Notes: In the first-ever meeting between the programs, New Mexico defeated the Aggies, 1-0, Sept. 3, 2010 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Previous Meeting: In the first Rio Grande Rivalry match in program history, NM State fell to New Mexico, 1-0, in a hard fought contest in Albuquerque, Sept. 3, 2010. Goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner grabbed a game-high six saves.
Weekend Recap: In the first overtime match of the season, NM State recorded a 1-1 double overtime draw at Idaho State, Sept. 16. Junior forward Yolanda McMillion gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute of action with her second goal of the season. She took advantage of a one-on-one opportunity to knock it pass the keeper from 10 yards away. The seven-match unbeaten streak for the Aggies was snapped with a loss at Weber State, 3-0, Sept. 18. In the 40th minute, Weber State took advantage of an Aggie defender slipping to chip in the first goal of the match, which was only the second time this season NM State has allowed a first half goal.
Extra Time: The Aggies played in their first overtime match of 2011 at Idaho State, Sept. 16. The match ended with a 1-1 tie in double overtime. The Aggies have played in 14 overtime matches in program history and have a 3-6-5 record.
First Appearances: Junior midfielder Lauren Cope and freshman midfielder Deborah Blalock made their first appearances of the 2011 season at Idaho State. Cope is returning after an injury caused her to miss the first eight games of the year.
Streak Snapped: The Aggies' unbeaten streak was snapped with a loss at Weber State, Sept. 18. NM State had won six consecutive matches, a program record, along with a tie to set the mark. Previously, the Aggies had a seven-match unbeaten streak in 2009 that included five straight wins, a tie followed by another win.
Across the Nation: After 10 matches in 2011, the Aggies rank in the top 50 in three categories nationally. NM State ranks 41st in shutout percentage (0.5), 46th in goals against average (0.783) and 48th in save percentage (0.84). Individually, sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol is No. 16 in game-winning goals (3.0). Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick ranks No. 25 in goals against average (0.608) and No. 30 in save percentage (0.865).
Defensive Maintains Solid Footing: The Aggie defense has only allowed two goals in the first half this season. NM State has given up eight goals but just one inside Aggie Memorial Stadium.
Conference Comparison: In the WAC, the Aggies rank second in shots (142), goals against average (0.71), home attendance average (729) and tied for second in goals allowed (8) and shutouts (5) along with third in corner kicks (38). Individually, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick ranks second in the league in shutouts per game (0.50), goals against average (0.61), save percentage (.865) and tied for second in shutouts (4). Sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol is second in game-winning goals with (3). Koziol, freshman midfielder Katie Smith and freshman forward Jennae Cambra are tied for fourth in goals (3).
Aggies Continue to Improve: 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: The Aggies have five shutouts in 2011, which is a new program record.
On a Roll: The Aggies won consecutive six matches after the season opening road trip. The mark is a school record that the Aggies broke with the 3-0 win over Arkansas-Little Rock, Sept. 11.
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 has four shutouts in 2011, a single-season Aggie record. She also has the school record for career shutouts with six.
A Major Difference: The Aggie offense has a 142-111 shot differential in 2011. On the season, NM State is 5-0 when the Aggies out-shoot their opponents and 6-0-1 when they score the first goal of the match.
McMillion Scores: Junior forward Yolanda McMillion scored her first goal of the season at Jacksonville State, Sept. 2. She owns the school record for career goals with 12. This season, McMillion is leading the Aggies with 25 shots and 14 on goal.
On the Edge: With an offense dominating the ball, the Aggies have a 38-15 advantage in corner kicks in the last eight matches. NM State is now 5-1-0 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 10 games this season, junior forward Yolanda McMillion leads the team with 25 shots and 14 on goal. Freshman forward Jennae Cambra and freshman midfielder Katie Smith follow with 18 shots.
Strikers: After 10 matches, the Aggies have improved their shots on goal percentage to .585, which compares to the opponents' .450 mark. NM State is also averaging 14.2 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 32 saves. She set a season-high mark with seven saves at Texas Tech. Wosick has only allowed one first-half score.
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.
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.
Looking Ahead: The Aggies open WAC play at Louisiana Tech, Oct. 2 at noon in Ruston, La.