The Aggie women's soccer team kicks off the NM State 2009/2010 athletic season today as they travel down to El Paso to take on I-10 rival UTEP in the first regular season for both squads. The Aggies are making their Division I debut against a squad that has established themselves as one of the better programs in the southwest. UTEP is 7-1 in season openers under their current head coach. UTEP is also hoping to gain a home field advantage over the Aggies by allowing all orange-clad fans to enter the game for free. Since the UTEP soccer team was kind (note the sarcasm) enough to travel up to Las Cruces for the Aggies' exhibition opener against New Mexico Highlands Aggie fans should return the favor and travel en masse to El Paso to support the Aggies. UTEP has a record of 93-8-6 when they play in front of a home crowd of 400 or more.

The Aggies have scored 11 goals in two exhibition games and have allowed just one. The competition level was obviously much much lower than what they'll face today but we certainly expect the Aggies to continue to be aggressive offensively.

When we spoke to Coach Needham after Tuesday's game their starting lineup was still up in the air. The Aggies were still waiting on a couple players to be cleared as of Wednesday so hopefully when they take the field tonight they'll be playing with their full roster.

Game time starts at 7:00 p.m. and is at University Field in El Paso. If you cannot make it to the game you can follow online via Gametracker.

On to today's links...

Aggie Soccer
The NM State athletic website previews today's game.

The UTEP athletic website previews today's season opener.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews the Aggies' season opener against UTEP.

The Idaho State journal talks about Sunday's opponent Idaho State. ISU plays UNM today and then travels to Las Cruces Sunday.

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about head coach DeWayne Walker's influence on the defense.

Teddy Feinberg blogs about defensive tackle E.J. Cannon.

Aggie Women's Basketball
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about Aggie women's head basketball coach Darin Spence's efforts to sell season tickets.

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