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Aggie Soccer Hosts Grand Canyon Sunday

The New Mexico State soccer team hosts new WAC opponent Grand Canyon, Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.

 

Grand Canyon

The Vandals are 1-7-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the WAC after the conference opening weekend. Idaho defeated Grand Canyon, 3-1, in Moscow, Idaho, Sept. 22. Freshman forward/midfielder Alyssa Lloyd and junior midfielder Katie Baran lead the offense with two goals each.

The Antelopes are 1-8-1 overall and 0-3-1 in WAC play. The team has not won a game since a 1-0 win over Colorado State in early September, but battled CSU Bakersfield to a 1-1 tie in double overtime. Samantha Bush leads the ‘Lopes with two goals this season, while four others have scores once this year.

 

Series Notes

The teams have never met in program history.

 

NM State Shutout by Seattle on the Road

The NM State offense stalled with only three shots in the match in the 0-3 loss to Seattle U on Sept. 29. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter grabbed six saves for the Crimson and White. The Redhawks posted a 1-0 advantage at halftime following the lone goal of the first half in the 27th-minute of action. Seattle U increased its lead to 2-0 with a score in the 51st minute. In the final minutes of the game, the Redhawks tacked on a third goal in the 83rd minute.

 

Aggies Fall Twice on the Road

In the first meeting with the Idaho Vandals this season, the Aggies fell 2-3 in Moscow, Idaho, Sept. 27. Junior forward Jennae Cambra scored first for the Aggies from 20-yards away to tie the game after Idaho scored in the first 20 minutes. The Vandals scored late in the first half for a 2-1 lead before junior forward Layla Todd tied the score with her third goal of the season. The Vandals scored in the 52nd minute for the win.

 

Against the Competition

Individually, senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter leads the league in saves (56), shutouts (3) and shutouts per game (0.30).

 

Aggies Win WAC Home Opener

In the second meeting of the weekend against Kansas City, NM State earned its first WAC win of the season with a 2-1 victory, Sept. 22 in Las Cruces. Senior midfielder Daisy Hernandez scored the game-winning goal in the closing minutes of regulation to secure the win for the Aggies. With the scored knotted at 1-1 in the final minutes of the match, Hernandez converted the penalty kick in the 87th minute for a 2-1 lead. The goal was the first of the season for Hernandez and her first career penalty-kick attempt. Kansas City scored first, but the tied the game at 1-1 before halftime, when junior midfielder Katie Smith recorded her first goal of the season.

 

Aggies Fall at Kansas City in WAC Opener

In the 2013 WAC opener, NM State fell at Kansas City, 3-0, Sept. 20 in Kansas City, Mo. The Aggies fell behind 1-0 when Kansas City scored in the sixth minute. Before the half, the Kangaroos added another score in the 39th minute of action to take a 2-0 lead into the break. In the second half, Kansas City increased its lead to 3-0 with a goal in the 58th minute.

 

Aggies Record Tie in Double Overtime

After 110 minutes of action, NM State recorded a 0-0 draw at Northern Colorado, Sept. 13 in Greeley, Colo. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter anchored the Aggies with a seven saves. Senior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol and junior midfielder Katie Smith led the Aggie offense with four shots each. The Aggies recorded 13 shots as a team.

 

Schutter Named WAC Defensive Player of the Week

Senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 9-15. This is her first career honor and the first for the Aggies in 2013. Schutter led the Aggies to two shutouts in the final non-conference weekend of the season. She didn’t give up a goal in 200 minutes of action. At Northern Colorado, Schutter grabbed seven saves, tying a career-high mark. She helped the Aggies to a 0-0 tie against UNC in double overtime. At Wyoming, Schutter recorded her second shutout of the weekend with a career-high nine saves in the 1-0 victory. It marks the first time Schutter has recorded back-to-back shutouts in her career. She has three shutouts this season and six in her career, which ties her for first on NM State’s career shutout list.

 

Defense Takes Charge

The Aggies have three shutouts through 12 matches in the 2013 season. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter owns all three shutouts, which is the most she has recorded in a single-season. She has six career shutouts, and is tied for first on NM State’s all-time list.

 

Aggies Fall in Overtime 2-1

In the second overtime match of the season, the Aggies fell to UC Riverside, 2-1, Sept. 8 in Las Cruces. After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Aggies responded quickly in the second half. NM State evened the score, 1-1, when junior forward Layla Todd found senior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol, who launched a shot from 40-yards away in the 53rd minute. The goal was her second of the season.

 

Aggies Fall to Stephen F. Austin

NM State began its final non-conference home weekend with a 2-0 loss to Stephen F. Austin, Sept. 6 in Las Cruces. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter recorded six saves. Sophomore defender Mikaela Haley helped the effort and played all 90 minutes.

 

Koziol Dishes and Delivers

In the 2013 season opener, senior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol recorded both a score and an assist versus Nebraska-Omaha, Aug. 23. She gave the Aggies a 3-0 halftime advantage after knocking in a goal on a corner kick in the 33rd minute. Koziol also provided the assist on Luhrsen’s score in the 16th minute. Koziol is now tied for second in career assists with six. She scored her second goal of the season against UC Riverside, Sept. 8. Koziol now ranks fourth in career goals with seven.

 

Aggies Edged in Overtime

The Aggies have played in three overtime matches in 2013 and have a 0-2-1 record in extra time. NM State fell to in-state rival New Mexico, 1-0, in the 100th minute, Aug. 25, and UC Riverside, 2-1, in the 95th minute, Sept. 8, and tied Northern Colorado, 0-0 in double overtime, Sept. 13.

 

Aggies Open UNLV Nike Invitational with Shutout

NM State recorded its first shutout of the season with a 1-0 win over LIU Brooklyn in the first match of the UNLV Nike Invitational, Aug. 30, in Las Vegas, Nev. After a scoreless first half, the Aggies only needed three minutes to break the tie in the second period. Junior forward Layla Todd gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead with a score in the 48th minute from 15-yards out. It was Todd’s second goal of the season, and junior midfielder Katie Smith recorded her first assist of the season on the play. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter recorded the shutout.

 

Aggies Stumble versus Portland State

NM State ended the UNLV Nike Invitational with a split 1-1 record after falling to Portland State, 7-0, Sept. 1. The Aggie offense fired eight shots with five shots on goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter played the first half. Freshman goalkeeper Tayler Hammack made her Aggie debut in the second period and recorded her first career save.

 

Haley and Petre Honored at UNLV Nike Invitational

Sophomore defender Mikaela Haley and freshman defender Stephanie Petre earned UNLV Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team honors. The duo helped the Aggies tally their first shutout of the season in the 1-0 win over LIU Brooklyn, Aug. 30.

 

Todd Continues to Score

After leading the Aggies in goals in 2012, junior forward Layla Todd continued the scoring trend, when she scored the first goal of the season for the Aggies. She converted a rebound off a Nebraska-Omaha defender to give NM State a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Todd’s second goal of the season was the game winner against LIU Brooklyn, Aug. 30.  She has 10 career goals, which ranks third on the Aggies’ all-time list.

 

Aggie Offensive Steps Up

With three goals in the season opener against Nebraska-Omaha, Aug. 23, it was the first time the Aggies have scored multiple goals in a game since 2011.

 

Luhrsen Produces Game-Winners

Junior midfielder Bree Luhrsen has a knack for scoring when the Aggies need it. She increased NM State’s advantage to 2-0, with a shot from the right side from 10-yards away in the 16th-minute of action against Nebraska-Omaha. The goal was the game-winning score in the 3-1 decision and Luhrsen’s fifth career goal. Four of her goals have been game winners, and she ranks tied for second on NM State’s all-time list.

 

Looking Ahead

The Aggies head to Bakersfield on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m., then travel to Utah Valley for a game on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.


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