Aggie Soccer Blows Out Prairie View A&M Behind School Record Eight Goals

Yolanda McMillionThe New Mexico State soccer team blew past Prairie View A&M winning 8-0 on Sunday afternoon in the final match of the Hotel Encanto Aggie Classic.

The Aggies scored a school record eight goals on Sunday including a hat trick by sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion. "We allowed it to be a game for a little bit too long but that comes with maturity as you go. I think it was a pretty dominant performance in 28-4 in shots and 18-0 in corner kicks," said Coach Needham. "Any time you score eight goals you can't be unhappy."

McMillion's came via a header off a corner kick by Nina Yanes in the 32nd minute breaking a scoreless tie. After an own-goal by Prairie View A&M's Marrisa Woods (credited to Baili Foutz) gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute, McMillion struck again in the 40th minute this time off an assist by freshman Megan Hendler. McMillion's initial shot was blocked by Panther goal keeper Melissa Aguayo, but the rebound came back to McMillion who knocked the shot into the back of the net giving the Aggies a 3-0 advantage. "She [Yolanda] stuck with the ball, the keeper made a good play on the first one but couldn't hold it and Yollie was able to slide in there and knock it in," said Coach Needham. "Those are the kind of goals she's going to have to score."

The Aggies would head to halfime leading 3-0 and had outshot the Panthers 14-0, including 12 shots on goal in the first half. The Aggies had nine corner kicks in the first half compared to none for the Panthers.

Out of the break, neither team would score through the first 10 minutes of play but in the 56th minute, Aggie defender Baili Foutz let loose a shot from 15 yards out on the left side of the goal off a pass from Lauren Cope. Foutz's shot found the back of the net giving the Aggies a 4-0 lead and giving Foutz her second score of the day. "Baili played a good ball into Copey's feet, Copey lays the ball back for Baili and Baili is pretty good with her left foot. She steps into it and just buried it," said Coach Needham. "It was probably the best goal we scored today from a pure soccer standpoint."

In the 70th minute, McMillion would score her third goal of the match, this time off a corner kick from Mary Kate Koziol to give the . The score would give McMillion the first hat trick in program history and also gave her a team-leading five goals this season. "I'm real happy with the start that Yollie is having," said Coach Needham. "She's such a hard worker, she does some really good things for us."

The Aggies would get on the board just two minutes later in the 72nd minute when freshman Dani De La Vina netted her first career goal as an Aggie off a corner kick from fellow freshman Mary Kate Koziol. "The ball hit the back post that she scores on Mary Kate's corner. The ball comes in, pings around a little bit ends up with Dani and Dani is just clinical in front of the goal," said Coach Needham. "She's not going to miss many from there but she did a nice job of beating the goal keeper on a tough angle."

Up 6-0 at that point, the Aggies still weren't done scoring either as Heather Goldberg would net the final two goals for the Aggies in the 83rd and 89th minutes. " I'm really happy for Heather," said Coach Needham. "She works so hard every day to get herself an opportunity to play. She played significant minutes, did a good job and I think she did as good a job in the back as she did going forward. She was very steady in the back for us and that was encouraging to see."

The Aggies were able to use every player in the 8-0 rout. "We played every player that was available on the roster today and still were able to limit their shot opportunities and their chances," said Coach Needham. "They did a good job of keeping their players in front of them and doing their jobs."

The Aggies finished the match outshooting Prairie View A&M 28-4 with 14 shotes in each half. The Aggies also had 18 corner kicks, nine in each half while officially the Panthers had none.

Freshman goal keeper Erin Wosick got the start for the Aggies and recorded her first career shutout victory as she was credited with three saves, one in the first half and two in the second half.

The Aggies improve to 2-0-1 on the season and up next for the Aggies is a trip to Albuquerque, N.M. to face in-state rival New Mexico for the first time in program history. The two teams will square off on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos are 3-0-1 on the season after a 1-0 overtime victory over Marquette on Sunday afternoon.