This Week: The New Mexico State soccer team continues WAC play at Utah State, Friday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. in Logan, Utah, and then returns to Las Cruces for the conference home opener against Nevada, Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. inside Aggie Memorial Stadium.
Utah State: The Navy-clad Aggies are 8-4-1 and 0-1-0 after the opening weekend of conference play. Utah State dropped its WAC opener at Hawai'i, 2-1, in double overtime, Sept. 30. Senior forward Shantel Flanary leads the offense with a team-high eight goals, while senior goalkeeper Molli Merrill has 48 saves, 0.85 goals against average, .814 save percentage and four shutouts.
Series Notes: Utah State leads the all-time series 2-0. Last season, USU defeated the Aggies, 3-0, in Las Cruces, Oct. 3, 2010. In the last match in Logan, USU shutout the Aggies 3-0, Nov. 1, 2009.
Previous Meeting: In the 2010 WAC home opener, the Aggies fell to Utah State, 3-0, Oct. 3, 2010. Midfielder/forward Lauren Cope and then senior midfielder Nina Yanes led the Aggies with two shots each. Defensively, goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner recorded a match-high six saves.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack is 2-11-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the WAC after a 5-0 loss at Hawai'i, Oct. 2. Sophomore forward Kori Disarufino and senior midfielder Ellie Stott are directing the Nevada offense with two goals each. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Jenna Riddle has played the majority of the minutes for the Wolf Pack and has 50 saves, 2.13 goals against average and .725 save percentage with a shutout.
Series Notes: Nevada has a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series. The Wolf Pack is the first time the Aggies have faced three times. Last year, the Aggies lost the league opener in Reno, Nev., 2-1 in double overtime, Oct. 1, 2010.
Previous Meeting: The Aggies opened WAC play at Nevada with a 2-1 loss in double overtime, Oct. 1, 2010. After the Wolf Pack scored in the 84th minute, NM State answered less than a minute later and tied the contest, 1-1, with a strike from forward Kristen Powers on a corner kick from then senior midfielder Baili Foutz. In the defensive struggle, goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner grabbed a career-high 11 saves.
Weekend Recap: NM State fell at Louisiana Tech, 1-0, in the 2011 WAC opener, Oct. 2. The Lady Techsters recorded the lone goal of the match in the 31st minute. The Aggies outshot Louisiana Tech 11-9 and 4-3 on shots on goal but couldn't convert despite a 7-1 advantage in shots in the second half. Freshman midfielder/forward Katie Smith led NM State with a game-high three shots.
Across the Nation: After 13 matches in 2011, the Aggies rank 56th in shutout percentage (0.462) and No. 84 in goals against average (0.983).
Conference Comparison: In the WAC, the Aggies rank tied for second in shutouts (6) and third in shots (188), points (54), goals (21), goals per game (1.62), goals allowed (13) and goals against average (0.98). NM State is also second in home attendance with an average of 772 fans.
Individually, sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol is tied for second in game-winning goals with (3). Freshman midfielder/forward Katie Smith is tied for fifth in goals (5) and tied for sixth in points (11) and goals per game (0.38). She ranks seventh in points per game (0.85). Junior forward Yolanda McMillion, freshman forward Jennae Cambra and Koziol are tied for eighth in goals (3). McMillion is also ninth in shots (29) and 10th in shots per game (2.23). Freshman forward Layla Todd ranks 10th in goals per game (0.25).
Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick is second in the league in shutouts per game (0.40) and tied for second in shutouts (4). She ranks third in goals against average (0.93), fourth in save percentage (.812), seventh in saves per game (3.90) and tied for seventh in saves (39).
In WAC matches only, the Aggies are tied for third in goals allowed (1). Individually, Smith is tied for seventh in shouts per game (3.00) and 10th in shots (3). Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Schutter is tied for fourth in goals against average (1.00) and sixth in save percentage (.667).
A Major Difference: The Aggie offense has a 188-140 shot differential in 2011. On the season, NM State is 6-1 when the Aggies out-shoot their opponents and 7-0-1 when they score the first goal of the match.
On the Edge: With an offense dominating the ball, the Aggies have a 48-39 advantage in corner kicks this season. NM State is now 6-1-0 on the season when it has more corner kicks.
Strikers: After 13 matches, the Aggies have improved their shots on goal percentage to .543, which compares to the opponents' .464 mark. NM State is also averaging 14.5 shots per game. The Aggies have also recorded 10 or more shots on goals four times this season.
Non-Conference Conclusion: NM State scored a season-high seven goals en route to a 7-0 victory over Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Sept. 23. Freshman forward/midfielder Katie Smith and freshman forward Layla Todd both scored two goals each for the Aggies. Smith scored in the 19th and 52nd minute. Junior forward Yolanda McMillion scored her third goal of the season, while freshman midfielder Bree Luhrsen recorded her second goal of the year. Todd posted her first career goal in the 56th minute and then tacked on another score in the 63rd minute. Senior forward Cassandra Branch also scored her first career goal. Defensively, the Aggies held Embry-Riddle to five shots and tallied the team's sixth shutout of the year. In the non-conference finale, NM State suffered its first loss inside Aggie Memorial Stadium this season, as the Aggies fell to New Mexico, 4-0, Sept. 25.
Smith Shines: Freshman midfielder/forward Katie Smith posted her first career multiple-goal game with two goals against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Sept. 23. She scored the game-winning goal, which was a career-first achievement. Smith now leads the Aggies with a team-high five goals and 11 points this season.
Todd Rips the Defense: Freshman forward Layla Todd scored her first career goal against Embry-Riddle, Sept. 23. She continued to press and recorded her first career assist along with another goal in the 7-0 win.
Setting a New Standard: The Aggies set both school and season records against Embry-Riddle, Sept. 23. NM State had a season-high seven goals and 17 points along with tying the season-best mark with three assists against the Eagles. The Aggies also set a school record with 30 shots. NM State had two players score multiple goals in a game for the first time this season when freshman midfielder/forward Katie Smith and freshman forward Layla Todd both scored twice. The Crimson and White defense played well and posted their sixth shutout of the season, which is a school record.
Non-Conference Play Ends: The Aggies concluded non-conference action with a 7-4-1 record including only one loss at home (5-1). NM State's performance at this point in the season has already tied the win mark for all of 2010 with seven.
Defense Steps Up: The Aggies have six shutouts in 2011, which is a new program record.
Road Woes: 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.
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 made her first appearance of the 2011 season at Idaho State. Cope returned from an injury that 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.
Defensive Maintains Solid Footing: The Aggie defense has only allowed five goals in the first half this season. NM State has given up 13 goals in 2011.
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. 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. 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 has three scores in 2011.
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 has three goals this season, while the assist was a career first for Thomas.
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.
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 13. This season, McMillion is leading the Aggies with 29 shots and 16 on goal.
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.
Goal Stoppers: In 2011, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick has 39 saves. She set a season-high mark with seven saves at Texas Tech. Wosick has 70 career saves, which ranks second on the NM State all-time list.
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.
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: 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 host Idaho, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in Las Cruces in the lone match of the weekend.