Aggie Soccer Hosts Hawaii on Senior Night
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  10/25/2011

This Week: The New Mexico State soccer team concludes regular season action against Hawai'i, Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the home finale inside Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies will also honor their lone senior Cassandra Branch with a postgame ceremony.

Hawai'i: The Rainbow Wahine is 4-10-1 overall with a 3-1-1 WAC record. Hawai'i is coming off of a bye weekend. Hawai'i defeated Fresno State, 3-0, Oct. 14, and tied with San Jose State, 1-1 in double overtime, Oct. 16. Senior defender Brittani Lum has a team-high five goals, and junior goalkeeper Kanani Taaca leads the defense with 67 saves, 2.08 goals against average and .677 save percentage.

Series Notes: The Aggies have a 1-0-1 lead in the all-time series, and both matches were extra time contests. Last season, the match ended in a 2-2 double overtime tie in Honolulu, Hawai'i, Oct. 24, 2010. The Aggies won the first-ever meeting, 2-1, in overtime, Oct. 18, 2009 in Las Cruces.

Previous Meeting: In the final road WAC match of the regular season, NM State recorded a 2-2 tie in double overtime at Hawai'i. Down 1-0 early, forward Yolanda McMillion tied the game at 1-1 in the 9th minute on a cross. After the break, Hawai'i struck first on a free kick for a 2-1 advantage in the 48th minute. NM State then tied the match, 2-2, at the 57th-minute mark.

Down to the Wire: The Aggies are looking for return to the WAC Tournament. Only the top six teams qualify for the conference tournament, which is held in Fresno, Calif., Nov. 3-6. NM State made the tournament in 2009 with the fifth seed. Heading into the final weekend of WAC play, the Aggies are in sixth place. Louisiana Tech and Nevada trail the Aggies in a tie for seventh place. The Lady Techsters host Hawai'i on Sunday and the Wolf Pack hosts San Jose State and Fresno State this weekend.

Weekend Recap: In the last road game of the regular season, the Aggies earned a 2-2 tie in double overtime at Fresno State, Oct 23. In the second half, NM State tied the game at 1-1 in the 73rd minute when the ball bounced off the Bulldogs and into the Aggie net for an own goal. The Aggies forced overtime with a goal in the 84th minute when freshman forward Layla Todd fired a shot for her third goal of the season to knot the match at 2-2. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick grabbed a season-high nine saves including two game-saving stops in the final minutes of the second overtime.

The Aggies fell to San Jose State, 2-1, in double overtime, Oct. 21. The match was scoreless in the first half. Down 1-0, the Aggies responded in the 63rd minute when freshman forward Katelynn Tupponce scored her first conference goal to even the match at 1-1. Tupponce drilled the ball of off her left football into the left post after junior defender Vanessa Thomas fired a shot into the middle of the field after a corner kick.

Conference Comparison: In the WAC, the Aggies rank third in shots (262), goals (27), goals against average (1.11), corner kicks (74) and are tied for third in goals allowed (21). NM State is also second in home attendance with an average of 716 fans.

Individually, sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Koziol is tied for third in game-winning goals (3). Freshman midfielder Katie Smith and junior forward Yolanda McMillion are tied for sixth in goals (5). McMillion is seventh in shots per game (2.50) and tied for sixth in points (13). She is eighth in shots (45), ninth in points per game (0.72) and tied for 10th in assists (3). Smith is 10th in shots (39).  

Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick is third in the league in goals against average (1.10), fourth in save percentage (.818), shutouts (4) and shutouts per game (0.27). She is tied for fourth in saves (67) and tied for fifth in saves per game (4.47).  

In WAC matches only, the Aggies are first in corner kicks (30), third in shots (85) and tied for third in saves (30). Individually, Smith is second in shots (18), McMillion is tied for third (17) and senior forward Cassandra Branch is 10th (13). Smith is tied for fourth in shots per game (3.00) and McMillion is seventh (2.83). McMillion ranks tied for fifth in goals (2) and game-winning goals (1), tied for sixth in points (5), tied for ninth in goals per game (0.33) and 10th in points per game (0.83). Sophomore defender Mickey Giles is tied for seventh in assists per game (0.33). Wosick is fourth in saves per game (5.60), fifth in saves (28), tied for fifth in save percentage (.778) and sixth in goals against average (1.39).

Extra Time: The Aggies have played in five overtime matches in 2011 and post a 1-1-3 record. NM State has played in four consecutive overtime matches, which ties a school 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. NM State fell in double overtime at San Jose State, 2-1, Oct. 21 and tied at Fresno State, 2-2 in double overtime, Oct. 23. The Aggies have played in 18 overtime matches in program history and have a 4-7-7 record.

Conference Draw: 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 a 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.

Goal Stoppers: In 2011, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wosick has 67 saves. She set a new season-high mark with nine saves at Fresno State, Oct. 23. Wosick has 98 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 45 shots and 22 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 Katie Smith led NM State with a game-high three shots.

A Major Difference: The Aggie offense has a 262-213 shot differential in 2011. On the season, NM State is 7-2-1 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 74-53 advantage in corner kicks this season. NM State is now 7-2-1 on the season when it has more corner kicks.

Strikers: After 18 matches, the Aggies have improved their shots on goal percentage to .492, which compares to the opponents' .474 mark. NM State is also averaging 14.6 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 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 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 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.

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