This Week: The New Mexico State soccer team returns to the road for its last away matches of the regular season at San Jose State, Friday, Oct. 21 at 8:30 p.m., and at Fresno State, Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.
San Jose State: The Spartans are 3-10-1 this season and 1-1-1 in the WAC following a 1-1 double overtime tie at Hawai'i, Oct. 16. Junior forward/defender Kelsey Lord leads the San Jose State offense with a team-high four goals. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald has 74 saves, 1.78 goals against average and .747 save percentage.
Series Notes: San Jose State leads the all-time series 1-0-1 after a 2-1 win last season in Las Cruces, Oct. 17, 2010. In the first-ever meeting, the teams played to a scoreless tie in double overtime in San Jose, Oct. 11, 2009.
Previous Meeting: The Aggies fell to San Jose State, 2-1, Oct. 17, 2010 in Las Cruces. The Spartans scored early to take a 1-0 lead after four minutes of action. In the 39th minute, the Aggies tied the match, 1-1, when midfielder Daisy Hernandez headed a ball into the net on a free kick. The goal was her career first.
Fresno State: The Bulldogs have a 8-4-3 overall record and 2-1-0 conference record after their first WAC loss of the season, a 3-0 decision at Hawai'i, Oct. 14. Junior forward Callie Hancock has scored eight goals to lead Fresno State, which ranks second in the league. As a team, the Bulldogs are tied for a WAC-best 26 goals scored this season. Freshman goalkeeper Katie DeVault has 81 saves, 1.24 goals against average and .818 save percentage.
Series Notes: NM State posts a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series. Last year, the Aggies defeated the Bulldogs, 2-1, Oct. 15, 2010 in Las Cruces. NM State also won the first meeting, 2-0, Oct. 9, 2009 in Fresno.
Previous Meeting: The Aggies earned its first WAC victory of the 2010 season with a 2-1 win over Fresno State, Oct. 15, 2010. NM State scored first in the 10th minute of the contest. Fresno State tied the match, 1-1, in the 78th minute, but midfielder Mary Kate Koziol sank a penalty kick in the 84th minute to give the Aggies the win.
Weekend Recap: In its second consecutive WAC overtime match, the Aggies posted a 1-1 draw against Idaho in double overtime, Oct. 14. The match was scoreless for 80 minutes until Idaho scored. The Aggies answered in the 86th minute when freshman forward Layla Todd drew both Vandal defender and goalkeeper away from the net. Todd found junior forward Yolanda McMillion for the tip in to knot the match at 1-1. The score was McMillion's fifth of the season, which ties for the team high, and Todd recorded her second assist of the year.
Aggies Capture First WAC Win of 2011: 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.
Land of Enchantment: This season, the Aggies are 6-1-1 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 three regular season matches remaining on the schedule.
Across the Nation: After 16 matches in 2011, the Aggies rank No. 91 in goals against average (1.029).
Conference Comparison: In the WAC, the Aggies rank second in shots (229) and third in goals allowed (16), goals against average (1.03), corner kicks (64) and tied for third in shutouts (6). NM State is also second in home attendance with an average of 716 fans.
Individually, sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol is tied for second in game-winning goals (3). Freshman midfielder/forward Katie Smith and junior forward Yolanda McMillion are tied for fifth in goals (5) and tied for eighth in goals per game (0.31). McMillion is sixth in shots per game (2.50) and points per game (0.81). She is eighth in shots (40), tied for fifth in points (13) and tied for seventh in assists (3). Smith is tied for 10th in shots (32) and tied for ninth in points (11).
Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick is third in the league in goals against average (1.00), fourth in save percentage (.803), shutouts (4) and shutouts per game (0.31). She is sixth in saves per game (4.08) and tied for sixth in saves (53).
In WAC matches only, the Aggies are first in corner kicks (20) and tied for third in shots (52). Individually, McMillion is tied for third in goals (2), shots (12), points per game (1.25), goals per game (0.50) and game-winning goals (1). She is tied for fourth in shots per game (3.00). McMillion ranks tied for third in points (5). Smith is tied for seventh in shots per game (2.75). Senior forward Cassandra Branch is tied for seventh in goals (1). McMillion, freshman forward Layla Todd and freshman midfielder Amber Harrington are tied for sixth in assists (1). Todd is tied for fifth in assists per game (0.33). Wosick ranks third in saves per game (4.67), tied for fifth in save percentage (.778) and sixth in goals against average (1.21) and saves (14).
Extra Time: The Aggies have played in three overtime matches in 2011 and post a 1-0-2 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 also played to a 1-1 draw in double overtime with Idaho, Oct. 14. The Aggies have played in 16 overtime matches in program history and have a 4-6-6 record.
Goal Stoppers: In 2011, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick has 53 saves. She set a season-high mark with seven saves at Texas Tech and tied that mark against Idaho. Wosick has 84 career saves, which ranks second on the NM State all-time list.
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 15. This season, McMillion is leading the Aggies with 40 shots and 21 on goal.
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.
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.
A Major Difference: The Aggie offense has a 229-175 shot differential in 2011. On the season, NM State is 7-1-1 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 64-45 advantage in corner kicks this season. NM State is now 7-1-1 on the season when it has more corner kicks.
Strikers: After 16 matches, the Aggies have improved their shots on goal percentage to .511, which compares to the opponents' .474 mark. NM State is also averaging 14.3 shots per game. The Aggies have also recorded 10 or more shots on goals four times this season.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
Looking Ahead: The Aggies host Hawai'i, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. on senior night in the regular season finale.