The Aggie soccer team is back in action this afternoon as they kick off WAC play by hosting defending conference champion Utah State. The Aggies have played Utah State three times and are still winless against the UtAgs. In fact, the Aggies have yet to score a goal against Utah State losing 3-0, 3-0 and 2-0. Obviously it will be a huge task for New Mexico State today but we really do feel that the Aggies are on the verge of breaking out in a big way. Yes, the team has scored just four goals this season but they've been playing better offensively and their defense has been rock solid.
This is an Aggie squad that at the beginning of the season had a little chip on their shoulders about being picked to finish eighth. Hopefully, despite the tough non-conference, the Aggies still have that chip and will come out this afternoon and play like that. For the Aggies they're 0-0-0 starting today and the results of the non-conference no longer matter. It's all about looking ahead and qualifying for the WAC tournament.
If the Aggies can come out of this weekend with no fewer than two points it will be a successful weekend for the club. Our guess for this team is that they can play with both clubs coming in and that while certainly six points (two wins) is not out of the question, four (a win and a tie) would be a fantastic result and a great way to send a message to the rest of the league that the Aggies will be a team to contend with in the WAC.
This is also just the Aggies' fourth home date this season and they are also looking for their first win in the new Aggie Soccer Complex. It would be great to see them do it against Utah State.
Today's match is scheduled to kick off at 3:00 p.m. (MDT) with streaming video available via Aggie Access (subscription required).
Here's a video story from Stephanie Flores at NMSU's KRWG News 22
The Utah State athletic website previews today's match.
Stephanie Flores of KRWG News 22 previews today's match.
Jerry Briggs of the San Antonio News-Express talks about the returns of UTSA's Kenny Harrison.
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