The Daily Aggie :: 10/03/09

The same week that Aggie Academy featured Baili Foutz teaching Aggie fans how to execute a corner kick for a goal, the Aggies did exactly that on Friday night. Foutz, following her own advice the Aggies stunned Boise State in overtime 1-0. Foutz triggered the ball in on the corner kick and Vanessa Novella fed the ball in the scramble to Lauren Cope for Cope's first career goal.

Coach NeedhamAggie goal keeper Katie Graul picked up her first shutout as an Aggie, she played in the first half of the shutout against UT-Permian Basin. The victory for the Aggies is significant on many levels. Not only did the Aggies pick up their first WAC win, in their first game no less, but they also defeated a Boise State team that was picked to finish 4th in the league. The win also snapped Boise State's seven match unbeaten streak. It was also important because the league will only send the top six teams to the WAC tournament, which coincidentally is being held in Boise this season. Coach Needham's goal in the preseason was for this squad to make it to the tournament in their first season and this victory gets the Aggies off on the right foot.

On Sunday they'll host an Idaho team that is also 1-0 in league play after handing Louisiana Tech their first loss of the season. The Lady Techsters were 11-0-1 but Idaho scored the golden goal with just 16 seconds remaining in the second overtime period. The game time for that match is 1:00 p.m. MT.

Tonight the Aggie volleyball team takes on No. 4 Hawai'i in the Pan Am on Pack The Pan Am night in Las Cruces. The Aggies are hoping to break the single game attendance record for an Aggie volleyball match tonight. The record is 7,115 fans in 2005. Hawai'i comes into this match at 12-2 on the season and has defeated an impressive list of teams including wins over UCLA, Western Michigan, Santa Clara and most recently Stanford. The victories over UCLA and Stanford were both sweeps and both were ranked in the Top 10 at the time.

Kelsey Brennan (6) and Whitney Woods (23)Hawai'i is hitting an impressive .309 on the season while the Aggies are hitting .200. The keys for the Aggies tonight will be the service game, both serving and receiving. The Aggies must serve tough as Hawai'i has only recorded 23 service-receive errors. The Aggies must also receive well, Hawai'i is averaging 1.8 aces per set and is almost 1 to 1 in aces to errors (85 aces, 86 errors). The Aggies are averaging 1 ace for every two errors (35 aces, 76 errors).

Defensively the Aggie block must be strong. In the Aggies' upset victory last season in Honolulu the Aggies finished with 12 total team blocks and Erin Birmingham was a big factor in the middle for the Aggies. She finished with five kills on seven attempts and had a solo block and four block assists. The Aggie middles will need to be strong once again tonight as will every other facet of the Aggie game to stop the high powered Wahine offense. Hawai'i has three players with over 300 swings and Kanani Danielson is hitting .301 while Amber Kaufman is hitting a sizzling .459 in the middle.

Tonight's match is set to start at 7:00 p.m. and if you're in Las Cruces get out to the Pan Am. If you're not in the Las Cruces area the match will be televised on AggieVision and tape delayed on Fox Sports Arizona on Sunday. Live Stats will be available for the match as will streaming video via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie football team looks for win number three today as they face San Diego State in San Diego. The Aggie are coming off of two high energy, high emotion rivalry games and must guard against a letdown emotionally today. San Diego State is 1-3 on the season with their only win coming over an FCS team in Southern Utah. Their three losses however have all come on the road. The Aztecs have an outstanding receiver in Vincent Brown. Brown has 547 receiving yards and is averaging 16.1 yards per catch and has five of the eight passing touchdowns the Aztecs have scored this season. The Aggie defense needs to be opportunistic again this week as SDSU has been turnover prone giving up the ball almost four times per game (13 turnovers, eight INTs and five fumbles). The Aggie offense must also protect the ball, particularly through the air. SDSU has five interceptions in four games and the Aggies have thrown five interceptions in four games. The Aggie defense must also limit SDSU's big plays. The Aggies have been prone this season to giving up big run plays.

Seth SmithOne wildcard in this game could be SDSU defensive coordinator Rocky Long. Long has long been renowned as a defensive guru and his 3-3-5 defense has been very effective. However, the Aggies have a counter to Long's defense and that is offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier. Lenzmeier was a player and assistant under Long but on the offensive side of the ball and had to go up against Long's defenses on a daily basis. This could prove to be a big advantage for this brand new Aggie coaching staff as they face a defense that is not common.

Finally, the Aggie running game has been outstanding thus far and Aggie running back Seth Smith is riding three straight 100-yard games. Last week the Aggie passing game was effective enough that it loosened up the Lobo defense and the offensive line was able to wear down the Lobo defensive line in the late stages of the game. Jeff Fleming has been named this week's starter and has great memories coming off of his game winning touchdown drive to carry him into this start. If the Aggies can control the time of possession through the run game as they did last week and limit their turnovers they have an outstanding chance of winning this game.

Today's game is on a virtual media blackout with only radio coverage and streaming audio available for today's contest. The Aggies and Aztecs kick off at 6:00 p.m. MT. Live Stats will be available for today's game. Also be sure to stop by the SDSU athletic website's Gameday Central page for all the information you need to know for today's game.

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
Travis Mason-Bushman of Vandal Nation previews this week in the WAC.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs his keys to the game.

Teddy Feinberg previews today's game.

Teddy Feinberg reports that Jeff Fleming gets the starting nod today at quarterback. previews today's Aggie/Aztec game.

The NM State athletic website previews today's game.

Aggie Soccer
The Boise State athletic website recaps yesterday's big Aggie victory.

The NM State athletic website recaps yesterday's win.

Aggie Volleyball
Cindy Luis of the Honolulu Star Bulletin previews today's big rivalry match.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews today's match.

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs the projected starting fives for all the WAC teams.

Travis Mason-Bushman of the outstanding blog Vandal Nation previews the WAC's top juniors.

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