This Week: The New Mexico State soccer team continues WAC play at home when the Aggies host Idaho, Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. inside Aggie Memorial Stadium in the lone match of the weekend.
Idaho: The Vandals are 5-8-2 and 1-2-0 in the WAC after their first conference win of the year. Idaho defeated Hawai'i, 4-2, Oct. 7, in Moscow, Idaho. Junior forward Chelsea Small leads the Vandal offense with a team-high seven goals, while junior goalkeeper Caroline Towles has the majority of the minutes in goal for Idaho with 43 saves and 2.13 goals against average.
Series Notes: The all-time series is tied 1-1 with each team winning on its home field. The Aggies won the first-ever meeting, 3-2, Oct. 4, 2009, and Idaho won, 4-1, Oct. 10, 2010.
Previous Meeting: Last year, NM State scored in the opening minutes of the match at Idaho but the Aggies fell to the Vandals, 4-1, Oct. 10, 2010. The Aggies attacked early, and midfielder/forward Lauren Cope put back a rebound to give the Aggies a 1-0 advantage.
Weekend Recap: The New Mexico State soccer team defeated Nevada, 2-1, for its first WAC victory of 2011 in its second overtime match of the season, Oct. 9. Junior forward Yolanda McMillion scored the game-winning goal in the Aggies' conference home opener. McMillion secured the Aggies' first-ever win over Nevada with her fourth score and second game winner of the season in the 97th minute. She scored on a corner kick from freshman midfielder Amber Harrington. Senior forward Cassandra Branch gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute with a breakaway goal. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick earned her first WAC win of the season with three saves. In its second consecutive WAC road match, the Aggies fell to Utah State, 2-0, Oct. 7.
Aggies Rope Wolf Pack: NM State earned its first win in program history over Nevada with a 2-1 overtime victory, Oct. 9. This was the fourth meeting between the two programs. Nevada is the first opponent the Aggies have faced four times.
Land of Enchantment: This season, the Aggies are 6-1 in matches played in Las Cruces. That mark tied last season's win total at home, which is the best in school history. This year's eight overall wins has also surpassed the 2010 total win mark (seven) with four regular season matches remaining on the schedule.
WAC Opener: 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 15 matches in 2011, the Aggies rank 85th in shutout percentage (0.4) and No. 94 in goals against average (1.046).
Conference Comparison: In the WAC, the Aggies rank second in shots (212) and third in goals against average (1.05), shutouts (6) and corner kicks (56). NM State is tied for third in goals (23), goals per game (1.53) and goals allowed (16). NM State is also second in home attendance with an average of 730 fans.
Individually, sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol is tied for second in game-winning goals (3). Freshman midfielder/forward Katie Smith is tied for fifth in goals (5). Smith and junior forward Yolanda McMillion are tied for eighth in points (11) and 10th in points per game (0.73). Smith also ranks seventh in goals per game (0.33). McMillion is tied for seventh in assists (3), eighth in shots (36), ninth in shots per game (2.40) and tied for eighth in goals (4).
Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick is third in the league in goals against average (1.02), and tied for third in shutouts per game (0.33). She is fourth in save percentage (.793) and shutouts (4). She ranks seventh in saves (46) and saves per game (3.83).
In WAC matches only, the Aggies are tied for first in corner kicks (12). Individually, Smith and McMillion are tied for fifth in shots (8) and tied for sixth in shots per game (2.67). McMillion ranks third in game-winning goals (1) and is tied for sixth in points (3) and points per game (1.00). Wosick ranks fourth in goals against average (1.45), sixth in save percentage (.700), saves per game (3.50) and seventh in saves (7).
Extra Time: The Aggies have played in two overtime matches in 2011 and post a 1-0-1 record. The first was at Idaho State, Sept. 16, and the match ended with a 1-1 tie in double overtime. The second overtime match resulted in a 2-1 win over Nevada, Oct. 9. This was the first overtime win of the year and first overtime match played in Las Cruces. The Aggies have played in 15 overtime matches in program history and have a 4-6-5 record.
A Major Difference: The Aggie offense has a 212-161 shot differential in 2011. On the season, NM State is 7-1 when the Aggies out-shoot their opponents and 8-0-1 when they score the first goal of the match.
On the Edge: With an offense dominating the ball, the Aggies have a 56-44 advantage in corner kicks this season. NM State is now 7-1-0 on the season when it has more corner kicks.
Strikers: After 15 matches, the Aggies have improved their shots on goal percentage to .514, which compares to the opponents' .466 mark. NM State is also averaging 14.1 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.
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.
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.
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 14. This season, McMillion is leading the Aggies with 36 shots and 18 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 46 saves. She set a season-high mark with seven saves at Texas Tech. Wosick has 77 career saves, which ranks second on the NM State all-time list.
Looking Ahead: The Aggies return to the road for their last away matches of the regular season at San Jose State, Oct. 21, and at Fresno State, Oct. 23.