Aggie Soccer Falls 3-0 To Utah State

Dani De La VinaThe Aggie soccer team lost its conference home opener falling 3-0 to preseason favorite Utah State on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies drop to 6-4-2 overall and 0-2-0 in league play after the first weekend.

Utah State's Kendra Pemberton put the visiting Aggies up 1-0 in the 16th minute. Neither team would score in the remainder of the half as New Mexico State was outshot 8-2.

Utah State would add to their total in the 55th minute as Katie Crosland snuck a ball past Aggie goal keeper Mikaela Bitner to put USU ahead 2-0.

The Aggies would still trail by two goals when Utah State's Lauren Hansen would score in the 90th minute on an assist from Shantel Flanary to make the margin 3-0.

The Aggies recorded five shots in the second half but could not find the back of the net and they finished the match with seven shots while Utah State had 15. Aggie goal keeper Mikaela Bitner was credited with six saves on the afternoon while USU goal keeper Molli Merrill had one.

The Aggies head on the road as they continue WAC play in the state of Idaho where they'll face Boise State on Friday at 4:00 p.m. MT and Idaho on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. MT.

The Daily Aggie :: 10/03/10

Last night's game went pretty much as expected as the Broncos easily overpowered the Aggies. We posed several questions in yesterday's Daily Aggie regarding the game outside of the outcome. Will the offense finally be able to put together a consistent performance? The answer was no, though it certainly did not help to lose starting quarterback Matt Christian in the second quarter, though, even had Christian not been injured, we may have seen Tanner Rust anyway just so he could have gotten some live action. As it turned out, Rust played the entire second half.

Will the offensive line keep its sackless streak going? The answer was no, however, they did only give up one sack but it was a costly one that resulted in a fumble by Matt Christian that the Broncos turned into seven points.

Will the defensive line be able to end its own sackless streak? Again, no. The Aggies got a little pressure on Kellen Moore once or twice but never really came close to sacking him.

Will the defense force a Bronco turnover? This was a no, but Donyae Coleman came close, batting down a pass in the first quarter that he might have been able to intercept.

Can the Aggies do what they have yet to be able to do this season and start well coming out of the second half? Again, the answer to this one was no but with a redshirt freshman quarterback who had seen zero playing time as a quarterback at the Division I level, the Aggies get a pass on this one.

The big question surrounding Saturday's rivalry game with New Mexico is whether or not the Aggies will have the services of Matt Christian and even if they do, will he be even close to 100 percent? If the sideline report from last night on Christian's injury turns out to be true, we don't expect to see Christian next week (and possibly longer) but we'll have to wait for official word from the Aggies this week.

We did some digging into the record books and Saturday's meeting between the Aggies and Lobos will mark just the seventh time in 101 meetings that the two teams will enter the game both winless. Interestingly enough, all of the occurrences have come since 1985. Now, four of the previous six times (1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989) have come when the two teams were each 0-1 which almost doesn't count. In 1991 when the two teams met, UNM was 0-4 and the Aggies were 0-2. In the 2000 meeting the Lobos were 0-3 while the Aggies were 0-1. This will mark the worst combined record, 0-9, when the two teams have met. The worst record by either team entering the rivalry tilt is when the Lobos were 0-8 heading into the game in 1968.

The good news for fans of both sides is that the games when both teams have been winless have turned out to be very competitive with five of the six determined by a touchdown or less. The bad news for Aggie fans is that UNM is 5-1 in those six meetings.

Here is the list of games with the year, record, outcome and location of the previous six meetings:
1985: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 34, NMSU 27 (Las Cruces)
1987: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - NMSU 17, UNM 14 (Las Cruces)
1988: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 36, NMSU 34 (Las Cruces)
1989: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 45, NMSU 13 (Albuquerque)
1991: UNM 0-4, NMSU 0-2 - UNM 17, NMSU 10 (Albuquerque)
2000: UNM 0-3, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 16, NMSU 13 (Las Cruces)

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Aggie Football Shut Out By No. 3 Boise State, 59-0

The Aggie football team lost 59-0 to No. 3 Boise State and lost starting quarterback Matt Christian to a shoulder injury late in the second quarter. The Aggie defense gave up a season high 608 yards as they suffered the largest defeat under DeWayne Walker. The loss also marks just the second time the Aggies have been shut out under DeWayne Walker. The Aggies committed three turnovers in the first quarter as the Broncos jumped to a 24-0 lead. "We were not a good [enough] football team to start a game off like that against Boise State," said head coach DeWayne Walker after the game. "That started the bleeding and it just continued to bleed so that was pretty unfortunate tonight."

The Aggies won the coin toss and elected to take the ball to start the game. On the first play from scrimmage, junior quarterback Matt Christian aired out a deep pass that was intended for wide receiver Marcus Allen. The ball fell just out of the reach of Allen but the playcalling showed that the Aggies weren't afraid to go after the Broncos. Unfortunately for the Aggies they would go three and out and be forced to punt.

The Broncos took over at their own 33 yard line and put together a seven play 67 yard drive that culminated in a 15-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Mike Coughlin who faked a handoff and ran down the right sideline for the touchdown. The extra point gave the Broncos a 7-0 lead just under four minutes into the game. The Aggies started their second drive on their own 16 yard line. After a 13-yard completion from Christian to tight end Kyle Nelson for a first down, Christian was intercepted by Bronco defensive lineman Ryan Winterswyk after Christian's pass screen pass was batted up in the air by Bronco defensive lineman Shea McClellin. The Broncos would take over on the Aggies' 25 yard line and four Doug Martin runs and an extra point later the Broncos would lead 14-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Joon Lee Wins William H. Tucker Invitational; Aggies Finish Fourth

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Joon Lee tied for first place at the William H. Tucker Invitational on Saturday afternoon, firing a final round score of 5-under par, 67. He finished the tournament at 4-under par, 212. The Aggies placed fourth as a team, recording the only under par team score in the final round of play. NM State finished 14-over par, 878 for the tournament.

“It was a whole team effort today,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We are capable of shooting these types of scores and 5-under par with the way the course was set up today is outstanding. If we can put together more days likes this we will win some tournaments. Joon, Tim (Madigan) and (Justin) Shin all played great golf today. Joon is a great player and managed the course to perfection today.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/02/10

It's gameday! The Aggies and Broncos square off today at 6:00 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Broncos are clearly the better team, that's no disrespect to the Aggies, Boise State is the No. 3 ranked team in the country for a reason. The question is, how will the Aggies respond to that? There are many subplots for the Aggies in this game just beyond the final score and whether or not they can upset the Broncos. Will the offense finally be able to put together a consistent performance? Will the offensive line keep its sackless streak going? Will the defensive line be able to end its own sackless streak? Will the defense force a Bronco turnover? Can the Aggies do what they have yet to be able to do this season and start well coming out of the second half?

Those are all questions that will be answered today. Some of them might be unrealistic considering the opponent but for Coach Walker and the staff, it's all about execution and seeing improvements in that area. With better execution the Aggies will be able to answer yes to many of those questions (maybe not all of them and maybe not even today).

The game will be televised by AggieVision as well as the WAC Sports Network. The game will be available on ESPN3.com and ESPN Game Plan. Those who prefer listening can do so on the Aggie Sports Network as well as via streaming audio through Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Nevada last night 2-1 in double overtime. The soccer time, like many of the other Aggie sports, are quickly learning to dislike the Wolf Pack. The Aggies and Pack have met three times in two seasons, twice in the regular season and once in the WAC Tournament. Nevada has won all three matches by one goal each time. Twice in double-overtime, one of those spoiling the Aggies' inaugural Senior Night. The other loss eliminated the Aggies from the WAC tournament and ended their season.

Sadly, the rivalries that all Aggie sports share with Nevada will come to a close either at the end of the 2010-2011 season (if you believe Nevada) or the 2011-2012 season (if you believe Commissioner Benson). Either way it's a big blow to both fanbases who have seen many exciting battles on the gridiron (the Aggies' upset of Nevada in 2007), the volleyball court (who can forget the epic fifth set comeback in Las Cruces in 2007), on the diamond for both baseball and softball (last year's crazy comeback for a tie by the Aggie baseball team), on the basketball court on both the men's and women's side (WAC Tournament meetings anyone?) and now on the pitch.

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Aggie Soccer Drops 2-1 Double Overtime Heartbreaker At Nevada

Kristen PowersThe Aggie soccer team fell 2-1 in double overtime to Nevada as the two teams opened up WAC play. The Aggies fall to 6-3-2 on the season and 0-1-0 in league play with all three losses coming by one goal and two coming in extra minutes. "Playing your first conference game on the road is tough, it's definitely a tough environment at Nevada," said head coach Michael Needham after the match. "Our kids responded pretty well, they worked hard. We didn't play our best soccer of the year but it was a good effort."

The Aggies and Wolf Pack played 84 scoreless minutes before the Wolf Pack's Erin Smith scored at the 85:04 mark of the match off an assist from Kesia Broome putting Nevada up 1-0. The Aggies answered just 47 seconds later after the Aggies earned a corner kick. Baili Foutz sent the corner kick in and Kristen Powers delivered her second goal of the season.

"That shows a lot of resolve on our part," said Coach Needham. "We definitely did a nice job. We took the kickoff, ended up earning a corner off it, played a good corner to the back post and Kristen Powers got on the end of it and scored a good goal."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Cross Country Excels At Paul Short Invitational

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State cross country team finished well in both the men's and women's races at the Paul Short Invitational Friday, Oct. 1.

The women finished 19th overall out of 41 teams. The Aggie women were led by sophomore Courtney Schultz who finished in 28th out of 367 in the women's gold 5K race.

Also finishing well and scoring points for the women were Camille Schultz (40th - 21:23), Chelsa McDonnell (88th - 22:04), Samantha Thompson (162nd - 22:27), and Brittany Hurtado (187th - 22:59). Just out of reach for points for the women were Samantha Hamilton (226th - 23:27) and Jenna Padilla (227th - 23:28).

"Courtney did a great job for us up front," assistant coach Paul Harkins said. "But we need to close up the gap with the women."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/01/10

Wecome to October Aggie fans! The three major team sports have opened or are about to open up WAC play. Volleyball is 2-1, soccer is on the road today to face Nevada and football hosts No. 3 Boise State tomorrow at Aggie Memorial Stadium. We'll work our way backwards starting from tomorrow's football game. The Aggies will have their stiffest challenge of the season tomorrow when the Broncos hit the field. It's been a busy week for us here as gameday approaches. We've done a Q&A with One Bronco Nation Under God and another Q&A with Blue Turf Nation. Also a first for us this week is we appeared on the OBNUG Five Minute* Podcast (note the asterisk) which you can listen to if you're into podcasts. We spent about 45 minutes with OBNUG's Drew Roberts and former Bronco defensive tackle Alex Guerrero discussing the game and a few other things.

As part of our ongoing Know The Foe series, we got Kevan from OBNUG and Cliff from Blue Turf Nation to answer this week's Know The Foe questionnaire regarding the Broncos. We highly recommend you check it out.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News published an article in today's Sun-News that posed a great question. What if the Aggies win? We agree it would be one of the biggest upsets in the annals college football history.

One thing we would like to point out Teddy's article is that he refers to Appalachian State's upset of then No. 5 Michigan as the greatest upset in college football history. He also mentioned is that Appalachian State was unranked in the FCS (then Division I-AA). What he failed to mention (and what takes a away from the upset just a tiny bit) is that Appalachian State was the two-time defending FCS National Champion at the time of the win. Appalachian State was not a bad football team/program as is often times the case in many upsets.

On a side note, Appalachian State announced yesterday that they too will undergo a study to determine the feasibility of jumping from the FCS to FBS level. It's got a few reporter around the nation taking notice. Our take? They could be looking at an invite from the Big East (who already has an unofficial open offer to Villanova another FCS program).

Anyhow, it's fun to think of the possibilities of an upset, no matter how unlikely they might be and kudos to Teddy for bringing up the subject.

The Aggie soccer team opens up conference play today in Reno where they'll take on the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Pack are one of the teams the Aggies didn't beat last season. In fact, Nevada spoiled the Aggies' inaugural Senior Night winning 1-0 in double-overtime.

The Aggies enter the match 6-2-2 while Nevada is 5-4-2 and 3-1 in home contests. The Wolfpack have scored 19 goals while giving up 15 goals and are definitely a second half team with 14 of their 19 goals coming in the second half. The Wolf Pack have four players who have scored three goals each while Raylene Larot has assisted on five of the Pack's 19 goals.

Tonight's match is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. MT kickoff. Live Stats should be available via the Nevada athletic website.

Be sure to also check out this week's interview with Aggie head soccer coach Michael Needham.

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Know The Foe :: Bronco Q&A With One Bronco Nation Under God & Blue Turf Nation


In honor of the Aggies hosting the highest ranked foe to ever grace the turf at Aggie Memorial Stadium, we have enlisted the help of not just one, but two outstanding Boise State bloggers. Kevan from One Bronco Nation Under God and Cliff from Blue Turf Nation both agreed to participate in this week's Know The Foe.

Boise State, the WAC's best (and probably last) shot at a national championship game appearance, is off to a 3-0 start and has navigated past the Virginia Tech and Oregon State hurdles and sit ranked No. 3 in the country, how much pressure has been "released" having gotten past the first 1/4 of the schedule unscathed and are any Bronco fans even remotely worried about a "letdown" as they face the next four opponents who aren't exactly the best of competition (and by letdown, we mean, Boise State winning any of those games by less than 10 points and allowing the pollsters to thumb their noses in Boise's general direction)?
OBNUG: Boise State fans come in very many different shapes and sizes, both literally and figuratively. Ask a question about what the BSU fan base thinks on a certain topic, and you are going to get a ton of different answers. A lot of fans are completely blind to the idea of a letdown by the Broncos in the next four games. Quite frankly, they stopped really following the team after the Oregon State game and they might start following again during bowl season or possibly the Nevada game.

The rest of us know that there is always an opportunity for a letdown and that you have to play every week one week at a time. This is a fear that Coach Pete has instilled in us. Also, Boise State only beat UC Davis by 18 last season, so yeah, anything's possible.

BTN: Boise State will most likely not look at the target on their back through the balance of the season. They have been known to look past opponents, UC Davis comes to mind. That was then and I think this team is focused on performing at a higher level. As for a letdown, after the last month of hype and media attention I think Boise State will enjoy flying under the radar as they look to Nevada for a WAC championship and the gateway to their Rose Bowl appearance with #3 Oregon.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Needham Interview :: 09/30/10

bleedCrimson.net: Heading into conference play on Friday, give me your thoughts on the first half of the season?
Michael Needham: First half has been good. To come out 6-2-2 is good. The two games that we tied I felt like we could have won but other than that the results were about where they should be. The two losses on our schedule, we lost to two good teams and we learned from both of those which is the important thing. We actually took something from it. We did just lose a game, we took something from it. Great example was this past weekend, Friday we lose to a good Northern Colorado team and then go out and play much much better against Wyoming on Sunday and get that win. I think we learned a lot and now we've got to apply that in conference.

bc.net: What were some of the goals that you set for the team for the first half of the season and which ones did you meet?
MN: I think with a young group it's important for me not to overwhelm these guys with too many goals and too many expectations and things like that. The biggest thing we talked about was it being a situation where we were playing preseason and the goal was to be playing our best soccer by the time we got to Nevada. We still haven't peaked yet and I think we still have a lot of really good stuff in front of us. I think we've achieved the goals we set for them and now the goal is pretty simple, just take care of business and get to the conference tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >>