Women's Soccer Recaps

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Women's Soccer Recaps

Aggie Soccer Opens Season With 3-1 Victory Over Nebraska-Omaha

The New Mexico State women's soccer program made a little more history as they opened the 2013 season with a 3-1 victory over visiting Nebraska-Omaha on Friday afternoon. Coming into the year with an 0-3-1 record in their four previous season openers, the 3-1 win gave the program its first season-opening victory.

The Aggies struggled all of last season to score, recording just eight goals on the year but came out firing and scored early and often in the first half. Junior forward Layla Todd, the team's leading goal scorer a year ago, recorded the season's first goal in the fifth minute to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.

Just eleven minutes later senior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol found junior midfielder Bree Luhrsen who found the back of the net from ten yards out for the team's second goal. Koziol would find the back of the net in the 33rd minute to put the Aggies up 3-0, a lead they would maintain heading into halftime.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Ends Season With Loss At Idaho

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MOSCOW, ID - The New Mexico State soccer team concluded its 2012 season at Idaho. The Aggies (2-14-3 and 0-7-1 WAC) suffered a 3-1 loss to the Vandals (6-13-1 and 3-4-1) in the season finale.

Sophomore forward Layla Todd scored a goal for the Aggies in back-to-back matches on the road trip, and she led the team with four goals in 2012.

In the first half, Idaho struck first with two goals in the sixth and 40th minute. The Vandals scored again in the 60th minute of action. The Aggies answered two minutes later to cut Idaho's lead to 3-1, when Todd beat a Vandal defender on a breakaway.

"We didn't start with the necessary energy in the first half," head coach Blair Quinn said. "We gave up a couple of goals that we normally don't give up.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Strike First, Fall At Seattle 2-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State soccer team started the final road trip of the season on a strong note with an early goal but fell to Seattle, 2-1.

Sophomore forward Layla Todd scored her third goal of the season in the seventh minute for the Aggies (2-13-3, 0-6-1 WAC) but the Redhawks (8-7-2, 3-2-2) tied the game before halftime and won the game on a penalty kick in the final minutes of regulation.

The Aggie offense attacked early when freshman midfielder/forward Miranda Valdez found Todd to give NM State a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of action. Todd now has a team-high three goals, and the assist was a career first for Valdez.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Edged 2-1 On Senior Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In the final home match of the 2012 season, the New Mexico State soccer team fell to UTSA, 2-1, in WAC play.

Freshman midfielder/forward Miranda Valdez scored her first career goal in the second half to launch the Aggie (2-12-3, 0-5-1 WAC) comeback on senior day. NM State recognized its seven seniors, midfielder/forward Lauren Cope, forward Cassie De Leon, defender Megan Hendler, defender Courtney Irwin, forward Yolanda McMillion, midfielder Elise Nordin and defender Vanessa Thomas after their final match in Las Cruces.

The Roadrunners (3-11-2, 2-3-2) had a 2-0 lead at halftime following goals in the 24th and 43rd minute. NM State had scoring opportunities in the first half with each team taking eight shots. The Aggies ended the game with a season-high 15 shots, and Valdez posted a game-high four shots.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall 3-0 At Texas State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN MARCOS, TX - The New Mexico State soccer team returned to WAC play but fell at Texas State, 3-0.

The Aggies (2-11-3, 0-4-1) started a four-match conference stint against the Bobcats (6-10-1, 3-3-0) to conclude the regular season.

"We struggled to ever really get in an attacking or possession rhythm," head coach Blair Quinn said. "And we really aren't built to overcome multiple goals against right now. Just a few too many mistakes, but we still have a chance to get in. We must win though."

The Bobcats scored quickly and had a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the first half. Texas State added two goals in the 59th and 87th minute of action. The Aggie offense tallied eight shots in the game but failed to convert.

The Aggies return home to host UTSA, Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., in the home finale and senior day. NM State is celebrating its seven seniors with a postgame ceremony.

Aggies Defeat Roadrunners 1-0 In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In the seventh overtime match of the season, the New Mexico State soccer team defeated CSU Bakersfield, 1-0, in a non-conference contest.

The Aggies (2-10-3) need less than two minutes in extra time to beat the Roadrunners (5-9-2). NM State scored when sophomore defender Alexys Brownell headed a ball into the net for her first career goal. The goal developed on a corner kick from senior midfielder Elise Nordin, which was her second assist of the season.

"We played great soccer," head coach Blair Quinn said. "We played better than we did on Friday, and we played better than the team we played today, and that's no disrespect to them, they are a good team. They have a couple dangerous players. We played good soccer and finally, just doing what we have been doing and preaching what we have been preaching, has paid off."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Falls 1-0 At Louisiana Tech

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

RUSTON, LA - In the first road match of the 2012 WAC season, the New Mexico State soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss at Louisiana Tech.

The Aggie defense (1-9-3, 0-2-1) continued its strong play against the Lady Techsters (10-1-3, 1-0-1). NM State has only allowed two goals in three conference contests this year.

"Unfortunately, we didn't show up to play in the first half," head coach Blair Quinn said. "Our goalkeeper made a mistake on the goal, and even though we were better in the second half, we can't afford to make any mistakes, because we are not good enough to overcome them right now."

In a tightly contested game, the Aggies and Lady Techsters combined for seven shots on goal with sophomore forward Jennae Cambra leading the Crimson and White with a pair of shots on goal. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner recorded three saves in 90 minutes of action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Wrap Up Weekend With 1-0 Loss To SJSU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State University (1-8-3) soccer team finished up the weekend with a tough 0-1 overtime loss to San Jose State University (3-7-1).

The Aggies entered the game against San Jose State after holding Utah State to a 0-0 tie on Friday, Sept. 28.

Senior Yolanda McMillion led the Aggies with two shots on goal. Junior Daisy Hernandez also notched one shot on goal. Overall the Aggies tallied six shots during the game.

"Poor defending and poor decisions, that's our biggest problems right now," said head soccer coach Blair Quinn.

The first half was highlighted by corner kicks on the side of NM State and fouls on the side of San Jose State. NM State shot five corner kicks in the first half alone, but could not capitalize. San Jose State committed seven fouls on compared to just four by NM State. The Aggies also outshot the Spartans 4-2 in the first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Tie Utah State 0-0 To Open WAC Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Defense ruled for the day when the game between the New Mexico State University soccer team and Utah State University ended in a 0-0 tie.

"We played very well and we did everything we could do but score," said head soccer coach Blair Quinn.

The Aggies' record now stands at 1-7-3 and are 0-0-1 in conference play. Utah State now sits at 5-2-5 and is also 0-0-1 in conference play.

Junior goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner defended the goal for the Aggies, notching 11 saves over 110 minutes of play to bring her season record to 1-3-2. Ashlyn Mulford stood in goal for Utah State, tallying six saves over the course of the match to bring her season record to 3-1-4.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall At Texas Tech

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - In its final non-conference tune-up, the New Mexico State soccer team suffered a 5-0 loss at Texas Tech.

The Aggies fell behind early after a pair of Texas Tech goals in the first 35 minutes of action. NM State attempted to respond, and the team recorded four shots and three corner kicks in the first half.

In the second period, the Aggies started with a quick pair of shots within the first few minutes of the half but couldn't convert. The Red Raiders added three goals late in the second half to extend their lead to 5-0.

Senior midfielder Elise Nordin guided the Aggies with three shots on goal, while junior goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner had four saves in 90 minutes.

The Aggies return home and open WAC play, when they host Utah State, Friday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. and San Jose State, Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m.