NM State vs. Northern Arizona Game Photos

NM State vs. Northern Arizona Game Photos

Aggie Soccer Plays To 1-1 Draw With Northern Arizona

Yolanda McMillionThe Aggie soccer team nearly pulled out a victory on Sunday afternoon against Northern Arizona but settled for the 1-1 tie. The Aggies went into halftime trailing 1-0 after NAU's Carolyn Savage scored with just 15 seconds remaining in the first half. Kristi Andreassen was credited with the assist and it was Savage's first goal of the season. "It was a good game. We played very well in the first half and gave up an unfortunate goal there on a free kick," said Coach Needham. "We didn't do a good job of tracking that player running through the box and they scored. Good for them. For them to steal a goal was very important for them because we were all over them. That breathed some life into them and made it a better soccer game."

The score remained 1-0 when in the 65th minute, Crystal Burns found Yolanda McMillion on the right side and McMillion put the ball over the goal keeper's head and into the back of the net knotting the game at 1-1. "It was a good goal and it's not just the goal, the setup was good," said Coach Needham. "Yollie is a good athlete, she can get behind people. We played a good pass and she got ahold of it."

Coach Needham was also pleased with the team's offensive play overall, "The important thing for me on that goal was yeah, it went in and she hit a a good shot in the top corner but it was also the number of players that we had committed getting into the box. Yollie could have very easily have crossed that and if she had laid it across the front of the goal someone else would have scored easily as well. Great goal by Yollie but even moreso we're really starting to buy into committing numbers into the box and trying to really attack people and that's really encouraging going forward."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/05/10

With the first weekend of college football nearly in the books and the Aggies sitting at home with the week off, there were some interesting results to first games for the Aggies' opponents. Next week's opponent, San Diego State, rolled to a 47-0 victory over Nicholls State. You might think, eh, no big deal, but it actually is kind of a big deal for SDSU. They haven't beaten an opponent that badly in a while.

The Aggies' week two opponent, UTEP, pulled away from Arkansas-Pine Bluff 31-10 (they only led 14-10 at halftime). The biggest shocker of the weekend came via the Aggies' week three opponent, Kansas. The Jayhawks lost at home to FCS foe North Dakota State 6-3 (that game suddenly no longer looks a lot more winnable).

New Mexico got absolutely throttled by No. 11 Oregon losing 72-0. A couple other surprising results from the weekend included Utah State taking the fight to Oklahoma and losing by just a touchdown and Hawai'i playing USC tough, if you watched that game on Thursday night, you'll probably agree that if Hawai'i had even played marginally decent defense, they would have upset the Trojans.

Idaho looked pretty good in their season opener coming off their 2009 bowl season and Fresno State upset Cincinnati 28-14 (although, we wouldn't really consider this an upset, the Bulldogs nearly won last season as well).

The Aggie soccer team is back in action today against Northern Arizona at Aggie Memorial. As we mentioned yesterday, NAU is a very good team and will be coming in a little grumpy after losing a lead in the 89th minute on Friday night against Arizona.

The Lady Lumberjacks have scored four goals this season while giving up six. They've been outshot 53-36, however, they have a .556 shots on goal percentage. NAU has had an 18-11 corner kick advantage over their opponents this season.

Kristi Andreassen leads NAU with two goals while Sam Monahan leads the team with three assists. NAU, like the Aggies, has used two goal keepers, with Lauren Weaver having played two full games and Tori Rocke playing one.

The game can be heard on KSNM AM 570 and streaming audio and video is available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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The Daily Aggie :: 09/04/10

It was a pretty good night for New Mexico State as two of the teams took on rivals. The Aggie volleyball team extended their winning streak on the court to 12 matches as the Aggies handled the Miners with relative ease. The Miners gave the Aggies a challenge in set two as the Aggies won 25-23 but sets one and three were dominated by the Aggies as they won 25-15 and 25-13 respectively.

Kayleigh Giddens had 17 kills for the Aggies and through five matches she's recorded three 15-plus kill matches. As expected, the Aggie middles had very good nights against the Miners. Kelsey Brennan finished with eight kills and hit .429 and had two solo blocks and two block assists. Freshman middle Desiree Scott had a very good Battle of I-10 debut as she had seven kills and hit .455 for the match. Unfortunately for the Aggies she landed awkwardly on a play in the third set and had to leave the match. Her status for the rematch on Tuesday is unknown (although, she was hanging out after the match with the fans and had a smile on her face so we don't think the injury is too serious).

There was a lot of talk about UTEP setter Patty Jarmoc and her tendency to be an offensive-minded setter and yes, she did get her kills on the night finishing with four kills on seven attempted setter dumps, Aggie setter Jennah DeVries didn't let Jarmoc steal the show as DeVries finished with three kills of her own on setter dumps, nearly negating the four point that Jarmoc earned for the Aggies. DeVries also had two service aces (Jarmoc had none), two block assists (Jarmoc also had two) and outdug Jarmoc 9-2. There's a reason why head coach Mike Jordan calls DeVries one of the best setters in the country.

Be sure to check out the photos from last night's match as well as AggieVision's highlight package.

The other rivalry tilt last night saw the Aggie soccer team take the pitch against UNM up at the UNM Soccer Complex in Albuquerque. It's the second time in as many seasons that the Aggies have inaugurated a rivalry on their opponent's home field. The Aggies opened their season at UTEP last year and came away with an impressive (as impressive as a loss can get), unexpected 1-0 loss in overtime.

A similar situation unfolded last night as the Aggies played the Lobos, a program that has been in existence for nearly two decades (by contrast the Aggies haven't even been in existence for two years). The Aggies fought and scrapped and even though they lost 1-0, the loss was very encouraging for head coach Michael Needham. We spoke with him after the match and he was absolutely thrilled with the scrappiness of his team. "Tonight I saw the old Aggie team show up. The team we had last year, a bunch of battlers and fighters, kids that were going to do what it takes to either tie or win a game."

This is a New Mexico team that went on the road last weekend and upset No. 23 Marquette and is receiving votes in the Top 25 polls (and could very well be ranked next week). In fact, the Marquette result is the same result the Aggies came away with, a 1-0 loss. Think about that for a minute. The second year Aggie program lost 1-0, the same score as the 23rd ranked team in the country lost by last weekend to this same UNM team.

The Aggies return to action on Sunday afternoon as they'll face an undoubtedly pissed off Northern Arizona squad. The Lady Lumberjacks are 0-2-1 but could very easily be 2-1 or even 3-0. They've lost 1-0 to UTEP, 4-3 to Arizona State and last night they tied with Arizona 1-1 but were leading the match in the 88th minute when Arizona scored a tying goal.

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NM State vs. UTEP Match Photos

NM State vs. UTEP Match Photos

Aggie Soccer Hangs Tough At UNM; Loses 1-0

Mikaela BitnerThe Aggie soccer team took on their in-state rival New Mexico on Friday night in Albuquerque. It was the first ever meeting between the two programs and the Aggies hung tough with the Lobos before falling 1-0.

While not thrilled with the loss, head coach Michael Needham was very pleased with his team's effort and what he saw from his team on the pitch Friday night. "I think it was a positive performance for us," said Coach Needham. "We did a great job of defending, our back four really came together and played very well and our goal keeper did a fantastic job. All-in-all, not a bad performance."

Aggie goal keeper Mikaela Bitner recorded six saves against a New Mexico squad that fired 21 shots including seven shots on goal. The lone score came off the foot of Rachel Fields in the 59th minute of the match. "They commit a lot of numbers forward, it was a free kick, we got the first clearance, we didn't get it quite wide enough, the kid ended up getting ahold of it," said Coach Needham. "Their kid did a nice job to beat one of our players and got into the box, anytime you shoot a ball in traffic it's real tough. You can't fault our goalkeeper for that. Our goal keeper was huge today."  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NMSU vs. UTEP Match Highlights

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps UTEP 3-0

Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggie volleyball team made it 12 straight victories over I-10 rival UTEP on Friday night. The Aggies swept the visiting Miners 3-0 winning set one easily 25-15 before getting challenged 25-23 in set two and then rebounding with a convincing 25-13 victory in set three.

The Aggies were led by Kayleigh Giddens who recorded a match-high 17 kills and hit .351 with just four attack errors on 37 swings. The Aggies held UTEP to just a .149 hitting percentage, well below their season average of .316. "We did a good job for the most part," said head coach Mike Jordan after the match. "We attacked the ball well and minimized our errors so from that standpoint we did some good things." The Aggies hit .326 for the match en route the easy victory.

Set one saw the Aggies take the first point on a hitting error by Jeane Horton. The Miners would quickly tie the set on a kill by Melissa Toth. The two teams would remain tied at 2-2 when the Aggies would go on a quick 3-0 run to take a 5-2 lead. The Aggies would maintain their three point edge at 9-6 when a pair of error from UTEP and a kill by Kayleigh Giddens pushed the lead to six points at 12-6. After a timeout by UTEP, the Aggies would go on a 7-3 run extending their lead to nine points at 18-9. During the run the Aggies' Whitney Woods and Desiree Scott would each get a kill and libero Ellen Miks would get a service ace.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/03/10

It the first big rivalry day of the 2010-2011 athletic season! The Aggie volleyball team hosts I-10 rival UTEP while the Aggie soccer team travels to hostile territory to face Rio Grande rival New Mexico. It's the first ever meeting between the Aggies and Lobos on the pitch.

UNM is 3-0-1 on the season and already have a victory over a Top 25 team, that coming last weekend against No. 23 Marquette on the road.

The Lobos are led offensively by Jennifer Williams who has three goals and two assists. She's taken the most shots for the Lobos with 12. Zaneta Wyne and Rachel Fields each have two goals for UNM.

The Aggies' leading goal scorer is Yollie McMillion who has scored five goals this season. The Lobos will undoubtedly make it a point to stop both McMillion and fellow classmate Crystal Burns who despite not having scored a goal this season, is still a major threat to not only score but distribute to her teammates. As Coach Needham mentioned a couple of games ago, he's talked to Burns and the team telling them that an assist is just as good as a goal.

Defensively the Lobos' goal keeper Kelli Cornell have allowed just one goal this season and has made a total of 22 saves. The Aggies' goal keepers Mikaela Bitner and Erin Wosick have been nearly as solid as they've given up just two goals in three games, though both of those goals came very early in the match. Coach Needham indicated in this week's interview that the team has been working on that aspect of their defense and that he feels that the back four (defenders) are starting to come together. He also mentioned that the early goals they have given up are correctable mistakes by the Aggies.

It should be an all out battle, Coach Needham expects an up-tempo back and forth game tonight. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. MT and streaming video will be available via the UNM All-Access site. Live Stats will also be available for tonight's matchup. We will also be providing Twitter updates (follow us: @AgsBleedCrimson)

As for the other rivalry battle tonight, it's the Aggies and Miners on the volleyball court in the Pan Am. Last season the Miners took the Aggies to five sets in Las Cruces but the Aggies were able to prevail 3-2. Down in El Paso it was a little less suspenseful as the Aggies won 3-1. Those two victories last season pushed the Aggies' winning streak in the series to 11 matches.

This season UTEP is off to a 4-1 start with their lone loss coming last weekend to Elon. The Aggies are 3-1 with their lone loss coming at the hands of Florida State.

Offensively the Miners are hitting .316 on the season and are led by outside hitter Melissa Toth who is averaging 4.45 kills per set. Miner senior setter Patty Jarmoc has also been offensively minded this season with 27 kills and is converting at a .535 clip.

For the Aggies, we expect a big night from middle hitter Kelsey Brennan. The Aggies almost always seem to have huge success from their middles against UTEP. Last season Brennan notched a career-high 18 kills and hit .577 in the match in Las Cruces and then followed that up with a 10 kill, .600 hitting percentage performance down in El Paso.

Tonight's match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. MT first serve and will be broadcast on AggieVision and it will also be the ESPN3.com debut for AggieVision volleyball. Streaming video will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required). We will also post updates via Twitter (follow us: @AgsBleedCrimson).

News New Mexico discussed Aggie sports this morning on their radio show from 7:35 to 7:50 and 7:50 to 8:00 this morning. You can listen to the feed here (those times we listed should give you a good idea where to fast forward to on the podcast).

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Needham Interview :: 09/02/10

bleedCrimson.net: You take on rival UNM on Friday night, the first meeting between the two programs, they're an established program with good tradition.
Michael Needham: We're excited about going up there. It'll be a game we play every year and the first one will be special. I'm looking forward to a great environment. I think we should have a huge crowd there tomorrow night. They always draw good crowds. They've been around for a little while and they've done a good job and I'm sure it'll be pretty hostile and definitely a fun one to play in.

bc.net: Having been an assistant at UNLV, how much of an advantage is that for your team since you're more familiar with their style of play than against an opponent who you've never seen before?
MN: I don't know how much of an advantage that is. I know Kit and Jorge pretty well and they know me pretty well but every year, if you're a good coach and I consider myself a good coach, you're going to be a little bit different. The players are going to be a little bit different. If I had played them last year then I could say, "Okay, now I know some of their players."

In playing them four years ago when I was at UNLV, they're a far different team and a far different program. They've done a nice job of building that thing. I have ideas of how they might play but the player personnel is the thing that really changes all the time.  Continue Reading This Post >>