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Former Aggie Women’s Golfers Doing Well for Themselves

Written By: Russell Barnes, NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Golf has expanded greatly over the past decade or so with people of all ages, races and gender picking up the clubs. New Mexico State is one such place that is open to all, as long as they make the cut.

NM State women's golf is far reaching in its search for talent including France, Australia and Hawai'i and is far reaching in its accomplishments as well. Several former players have gone on to have successful golf careers in the Ladies Professional Golf Association and other various tours.

Head coach Paul Brilliant is one reason for a lot of that success. With a coaching career of over twenty years, a few stints with PGA players and tour experience himself; Brilliant has coached such players as LPGA pro Alena Sharp, former LPGA pro A.J. Eathorne and Lehua Wise, who is currently playing on the DURAMED Futures Tour.

"I still follow and talk to a lot of the women," Brilliant said. "Of course I'm still concerned with how they're doing."  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Walker Interview :: 09/21/10

bleedCrimson.net: You've had a couple of days to break down film after the UTEP game, what are your thoughts?
DeWayne Walker: It's a little disappointing, you never want to play that way in a rival game. I thought we showed some progress against San Diego State and thought we would be able to improve on it and it just didn't come to light like I thought it would. UTEP is probably better football team than we anticipated going in. They're going to win some games this year. Seeing a team, quarterback and offensive that have been together a little bit, they just outclassed us to a certain degree. We just have to not panic and not listen to the naysayers and try to stay on course.

bc.net: Defensively, what are some things that you saw from Saturday's game that you know you'll need to improve heading into the game against Kansas?
DW: Just not making mistakes. That's probably been the most frustrating. The first thing when you don't play well defensively, the first thing I'm always going to question is the scheme [offensive]. When we went back and watched the tape, they [UTEP] did everything that we practiced, they did everything that we thought they would do. We talked to the players and asked them and they said, "No coach, they did everything you guys thought they would do." So we just didn't execute. That's a problem I'm think we're having. We're younger on defense this year, we've got some new guys and we just have to figure out a way to cut the scheme down. The players don't think it's too much scheme, we've just got to be able to execute under pressure.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/21/10

Head over to The Wiz of Odds website and vote for the Aggie football poster (Group 2) as the best poster of the year.

The Aggies and Jayhawks meet on Saturday and both teams are hearing the same message from their coaches: We've got to get better as a football team.

Kansas first year head coach Turner Gill has had that message after each of their first three games. He told Matt Tait of the Lawrence World-Journal, “We’re trying to improve on every phase of our game. My talk hasn’t changed. It doesn’t depend on the quality of the opponent. We’ve just gotta get better as a football team. That’s what they heard (last weekend), and that’s what they’ll continue to hear.”

Second year head coach DeWayne Walker has this to say after Saturday's game, "Right now we have some major problems that we need to figure out," and this after week one against San Diego State, "We have to get a lot better not only on offense but our whole football team."

The two teams will meet on the gridiron on Saturday where both coaches will hope to see big improvements over their last game.

Crystal Burns earned WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the Aggie soccer team this week. She scored four of the Aggies' 12 goals this past weekend in the Aggies' two victories. It's the third consecutive week that the Aggies have had a Player of the Week. Yolanda McMillion won Offensive Player of the Week two weeks ago for her hat trick against Alabama A&M and her game-winning goal against Jacksonville State. Last week Aggie goal keeper Mikaela Bitner earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for her shutout against North Dakota.

The Aggies wrap up non-conference play this weekend when they face Northern Colorado and Wyoming.

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Crystal Burns Earns WAC Offensive Player of the Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore forward/midfielder Crystal Burns was named Verizon WAC Offensive Player of the Week, for the week of Sept. 13-19. This is her first career honor, and she is the third Aggie to earn the recognition this season.

Burns scored four goals and added three assists in a pair of wins for the Aggie soccer team over Alabama A&M, 8-0, Sept. 17, and Lamar, 4-0, Sept. 19. Against Alabama A&M, she scored two goals and added an assist, including her second game-winning goal of the season. It was her first-ever multiple-goal contest at NM State. In a 4-0 win over Lamar, Burns tallied two goals and two assists. She posted an impressive .833 shots on goal percentage in the final two non-conference matches of the season, and currently leads the team with six assists and 16 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/20/10

The Aggie soccer team shut out Lamar 4-0 on Sunday afternoon to improve to 5-1-2 on the season. The Aggies have now pitched three consecutive shutouts and have not allowed a goal in the last 335 minutes dating back to a goal by Northern Arizona's Carolyn Savage 15 seconds before halftime. The Aggies have four shutouts through eight games this season matching the four shutouts they had all of last season.

The Aggie offense has also helped their defense as they've score early in each the last three games. The Aggie goals have come in the 9th, 2nd and 8th minutes. Coach Needham has made that a point of emphasis with his team. "We ask our team to set the tone early. See if we can get an early goal," says Coach Needham. "We talk about key moments of the game. The big moments for us, we talk about moments we call "Big Five" moments which would be first five minutes and last five minutes of the half and first five minutes of the second half and last five minutes of the game. Both Friday night and today I think we did a pretty nice job of handling those big five moments in our favor."

The Aggies finish the home non-conference portion of their schedule undefeated as they've gone 5-0-2 at home thus far. The Aggies finish up non-conference play on the road this week as they'll face Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. and Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. Northern Colorado will be a stiff test for the Aggies as the Bears are 5-3-1 on the season and they've score 17 goals on the season while allowing only 11. Wyoming is much improved this year as they're 5-5 on the season. Wyoming has scored 14 goals on the season and has allowed just 15.

Coach Needham pointed to the fact that the Aggies are playing well heading into conference play, which was also his goal last season. "The big thing again is that we're playing our best soccer heading into conference and we're starting to hit on cylinders which is good."

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Aggie Soccer Shuts Out Lamar 4-0

The Aggie soccer team shut out the Lamar Cardinals 4-0 on Sunday afternoon as the team wrapped up it's non-conference home schedule.  The Aggies got a pair of goals from Crystal Burns, one from Cassie De Leon and one from Veronica Subu en route to the victory.  "Lamar was a much stronger test than Friday and I think we responded well," said head coach Michael Needham after the game.  "It was a different level of pressure, a different level of intensity in the game and I think our kids did a nice job of handling that, particularly in the second half and getting the ball on the ground and starting to play a little bit more."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/19/10

By now you know the final score, 42-10 and unfortunately it was every bit the beating that the score indicates (it probably could have been worse but UTEP head coach Mike Price started pulling his starters and playing the second string).

UTEP had scored three touchdowns before the Aggie offense mustered a first down (the Aggies hadn't even gained enough yards in their first two drives combined to warrant a first down). When the Aggie offense finally got going, they looked good. They looked like the offense that scored on their second drive last week against San Diego State.

The Aggie defense struggled to get off the field all night long. UTEP converted six of their first seven third downs and also a 4th and 1. The Miners finished the night converting 9-of-17 third downs and as we noted yesterday, if the Aggie defense had a repeat performance of the San Diego State game on third down situations, it would be very tough to win the game.

The positives from last night? While there weren't many, the Aggie special teams played better than it did last week. Tyler Stampler hit a 31 yard field goal to essentially end the first half and the special teams blocked a field goal attempt by the Miners in the fourth quarter.

The offense put together two good second quarter drives, a nine play 63 yard touchdown drive and a 16 play 85 yard field goal drive. The Aggies' depleted offensive line also did not allow a sack the entire evening. The Aggie defense played well in the second quarter and combined with the offense, managed to trim a 21-point deficit down to a very manageable 11-point deficit by halftime.

It should also be noted that the Aggies' final drive of the game, the one in which they made it down to the Miners' 5-yard line. The replay really looked like Kenonte Howard landed with his toe inbounds before his heel hit the sideline on the third down pass in the endzone. We really thought it was a touchdown, unfortunately, the replay crew did not.

The Aggies have little time to regroup as they head to Lawrence, KS to take on a schizophrenic Jayhawk team. The Jayhawks lost 6-3 to FCS North Dakota State to open the season, then upset No. 15 Georgia Tech 28-25, then lost on Friday night to Southern Mississippi 31-16.

All-in-all it was a tough night for anyone wearing crimson.

The Aggie volleyball team fell 3-0 to Arizona yesterday afternoon. The Aggies hung tough with the Wildcats through about 16 points in the first two sets before Arizona pulled way. The Aggies pushed Arizona to extra points in the third set before falling 26-24.

Kayleigh Giddens and Jennah DeVries were named to the Arizona Invitational All-Tournament team.

The Aggies open up conference play on Thursday night against Louisiana Tech in Ruston. They'll then turn right around and face the Lady Techsters again on Saturday night in Las Cruces (the joy that is WAC scheduling).

Kelsey Brennan's status for the upcoming matches is still unknown, however, it sounds like the Aggies are going to take a cautious approach with their junior middle blocker in an attempt to make sure the ankle sprain does not turn into a lingering issue.

The Aggie soccer team is also back in action today as they wrap up their home non-conference slate against Lamar. The Cardinals fell 6-1 to UTEP on Friday night. The Aggies currently lead 1-0 at the time of this post. Cassie De Leon put the Aggies on the board in the 8th minute.

The match is being streamed live via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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