Women's Soccer News

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Women's Soccer News

NMSU Women's Soccer Falls 3-1 To Abilene Christian In Season Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team dropped its season opener, 3-1, to Abilene Christian at the Soccer Athletic Complex on Friday afternoon.

The Aggies came out strong, as they dominated possession for much of the first 18 minutes of the match. However, the Wildcats were awarded a penalty in the box in the 20th minute and Michelle Mulrooney converted for a 1-0 Wildcat lead.

Now playing with a lead, ACU ratcheted up the pressure and struck again in the 28th minute, with Christina Arteaga receiving a pass in the box from Emily Heidman and finishing to make it 2-0 Abilene Christian. The Wildcats nearly added another goal in the 29th minute but Dmitri Fong was there to make the stop.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Soccer Picked To Finish Seventh In WAC Preseason Poll

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team was selected to finish seventh in the Western Athletic Conference in a poll of the league’s coaches, the conference announced Tuesday.

Defending WAC Tournament champion Seattle U was picked to finish first with six out of a possible eight first-place votes and 61 total points.
Kansas City, who won the 2018 regular season championship, follow in second with two first-place votes and 52 points with UT Rio Grande Valley picked to finish third with 48 points.

Utah Valley picked up the final first-place vote and 46 points for fourth while GCU was tabbed for fifth with 34 points. CSU Bakersfield (31) is projected to finish sixth with NM State and California Baptist tied for seventh at 22 points each. Chicago State rounds out the poll with eight points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brian Periman Joins NMSU Soccer Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s soccer coach Rob Baarts shored up his staff with the addition of veteran goalkeeper coach Brian Periman, Baarts announced Wednesday.

“I cannot even begin to say how fortunate we are to have someone with Brian’s experience joining our NM State coaching staff,” Baarts said. “Brian is an exceptional goalkeeper Coach that also brings tremendous experience in several areas. He will immediately have an impact with video analysis and his attention to detail. Brian will also help greatly with national recruiting as he is a US Soccer scout for the Central Region. This will widen our recruiting reach over the next several years. Needless to say we are incredibly excited to welcome Brian to the Aggie Soccer family!”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Soccer Adds Oregon State Transfer

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team added Oregon State transfer Shea O’Connor for the 2019 season, head coach Rob Baarts announced on Thursday. O’Connor is set to compete as a junior this season.

“We are very excited to add Shea O’Connor to our 2019 roster from Oregon State. Shea will bring a tremendous hold up game for our forward line,” Baarts said. “We are adding a lot of pace in our flank play, which will fit Shea’s ability as a central forward to be a fantastic outlet for our midfield and back line. She loves to score goals and will be a force to be dealt with! Can’t wait to see what her next two years look like.”

2018: Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention...played in all 19 games with 13 starts...posted a season-high three shots against Dartmouth (Sept. 2).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Soccer Releases 2019 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s soccer coach Rob Baarts unveiled the 2019 schedule on Thursday morning, which features 12 home fixtures, seven road matches and one neutral site contest.

“Our 2019 schedule starts us off with two home games in Abilene Christian and Wyoming, who are both very organized and hard-working teams,” said Baarts. “We follow up those home games with a challenging road trip to Boise State and Idaho State.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Soccer Picked To Finish Sixth In WAC Preseason Coaches Poll

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER - Kansas City was picked to top the 2018 WAC women's soccer standings in the preseason selection by the league's head coaches. Kansas City also claimed the Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in Lexie Howard and Abby Small, respectively. The league's head coaches selected these honors and could not vote for their own student-athlete.

After winning the regular season title in 2017, Kansas City claimed first in the 2018 preseason rankings with five first-place votes and 60 total points. 2017 tournament champion Utah Valley was just behind, snagging four first-place votes and 57 points. Seattle U was voted third with 50 points while Grand Canyon was selected fourth with 38. UT Rio Grande Valley was one point behind grabbing fifth. Named sixth, NM State earned 30 points followed by CSU Bakersfield, California Baptist, and Chicago State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Miguel Guante Joins NMSU Women's Soccer Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – First-year head coach Rob Baarts has named Miguel Guante as his assistant for the upcoming 2018 season Monday afternoon.

“Miguel will bring not only a wealth of experience in coaching women’s soccer, his style will fit our Aggie style of play as he comes from the same mentor in Clive Charles,” Baarts said. “Finding someone as an assistant like Miguel, who you trust completely, will be such an incredible addition to our program. He is not only a great coach, but an even better person. The young women will love his easy going, fun personality, yet competitive coaching style. I look forward to Miguel and his family joining our Aggie family.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Signs Eight To 2018 Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The ink is finally dry for the eight future Aggies that signed their National Letter of Intent to play soccer at New Mexico State on Thursday afternoon first-year head coach Rob Baarts announced.

“I am excited to add such a well-rounded class to the Aggie soccer family,” Baarts said. “We have a good mixture of technical talent, on the offensive end, along with strong athletic defenders to help shore up the back line. We are looking forward to bringing an exciting and flowing brand of soccer to the Aggie fans.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

27 Aggies Earn Fall WAC All-Academic Honors

DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference today announced the 2017 Academic All-WAC honorees from men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

A total of 263 student-athletes were named to the list. Of the first and second team All-WAC selections from the fall sports, 66 percent were also honored as Academic All-WAC honorees. Utah Valley had the most honorees with 44, followed by Seattle U with 35, Kansas City with 34 and Grand Canyon with 33. Of the sports, women’s soccer had the most honorees with 91.

Women’s Cross Country
Meghan Aguilera, So.
Crissey Amberg, Sr.
Cassey Amberg, Sr.
Nichole Gomez, Jr.
Corinne Hanson, So.
Elana Kresl, So.
Sydney Salas, Sr.
Leah Salazar, So.
Julia Yescas, So.

Women’s Soccer
Samantha Afonso, Jr.
Cristina Bertoldo, Sr.
Kelly Burton, So.
Audriana Chavez, Jr.
Aileen Galicia, Jr.
Amy Gulczynski, Jr.
Rebecca Mazzie, Jr.
Jessica McDow, So.
Micaela Milavec, Sr.
Alexandria Otero, Jr.
Danielle Smith, Sr.
Sarina Stockton, Jr.

Jordan Abalos, Sr.
Briana Ainsworth, Jr.
Megan Hart, Jr.
Brigette Lowe, So.
Kaylee Neal, Sr.
Kassandra Tohm, Sr.

NMSU Women's Soccer Announces Hiring Of Rob Baarts As Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced Thursday that Rob Baarts will become the fourth Aggie head women’s soccer coach after a completing a national search.

“I am pleased to welcome Rob Baarts and his family to New Mexico State University,” Moccia said. “Our search committee conducted an extensive national search, which produced a tremendous group of finalists. Through this process, Coach Baarts rose to the top of that list. Having coached the University of Portland to a women’s soccer national championship and San José State to a Mountain West Conference Championship were definitely significant accomplishments. This, coupled with his collegiate and professional experience as well as having recruited women’s national team caliber players in our geographic location put him at the top of our list.”  Continue Reading This Post >>