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Women's Soccer News

Quinn Adds Salina Lucero To 2013 Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State soccer head coach Blair Quinn has signed forward/midfielder Salina Lucero to a National Letter of Intent. She becomes the eighth member of the Class of 2013.

Lucero joins midfielder/forward Gabby Campbell, defender Melissa Canizalez, goalkeeper Tayler Hammack, forward Devin Hart, defender/midfielder Stephanie Petre, goalkeeper Taylor Rice and defender Maggie Sabik in the class.

"We've added Salina to the class and are very excited about it," Quinn said. "She is really good at pressing the other team's defenders into turnovers and causing problems. Salina is kind of like the fly at the barbeque. She is just annoying and buzzing around and buzzing around, and she causes problems. She is going to be a really good addition to our front line in terms of her quickness and her overall energy level."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Quinn Adds Freddy Delgado To Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State soccer head coach Blair Quinn has added Freddy Delgado to his staff as an assistant coach. Delgado has coached at the collegiate level for 16 years including five seasons as a Division I head coach.

Delgado joins the Aggie staff after spending the 2008-12 seasons as the head coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He helped the Trojans to two Sun Belt Conference Tournament appearances in his tenure.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Quinn Signs Seven In 2013 NM State Soccer Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State soccer head coach Blair Quinn has added eight athletes to the Aggie roster on national signing day. Midfielder/forward Gabby Campbell, defender Melissa Canizalez, goalkeeper Tayler Hammack, forward Devin Hart, defender/midfielder Stephanie Petre and goalkeeper Taylor Rice signed National Letters of Intent, while defender Maggie Sabik inked a financial aid agreement to play for the Aggies in fall 2013.

"It's a seven-member class, which is a relatively large for a recruiting class, but it is my first full class since I've been at New Mexico State," Quinn said. "It really covers every position, goalkeeping, defenders, midfielders and forwards. It's a really dynamic class in terms of their athleticism and the diversity of size. It covers every aspect that we need to keep making our team better."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Katelynn Tupponce Named To CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore forward Katelynn Tupponce earned second team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Seven soccer honors, the organization announced. This is the second consecutive all-district award for the Aggies.

Tupponce has a 3.90 GPA, and she is pursuing a degree in education. She played in 12 games and started in one contest in the 2012 season. Tupponce has two career goals as an Aggie, and she was named to the Academic All-WAC Freshman/Transfer list in 2011.

Mikaela Bitner Named WAC Goalkeeper Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State junior goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner was named the WAC Goalkeeper of the Week for Aug. 27-Sept. 2. This is her first conference award of the season and the second of her career.

Bitner recorded a shutout in a 1-0 win over Southern Utah, Sept. 2. She played all 90 minutes in the victory and recorded seven saves. After missing the 2011 season due to injury, Bitner returned for a win and a 0.00 goals against average.

The Aggies host Sam Houston State, Friday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. and Weber State, Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. in the home opening weekend.

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Aggie Soccer Picked To Finish 8th In WAC Preseason Poll

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite winning a program-record 10 matches in 2011, the New Mexico State soccer team was picked eighth in the WAC Preseason poll, which is voted on by the league's nine head coach.

"The preseason poll is tough to gauge because you are trying to figure out who lost what players, who is getting in what players and who still has good players from last year," head coach Blair Quinn said. "We have four new teams in the conference, which really screws things up a little bit in terms of voting. I don't get too wound up about it.

"I think we were picked last in 2011, and we showed better than that. I anticipate the same thing will happen. No one wants to be eighth or ninth, but the bottom line is you have to finish the regular season in the top six to get into the tournament. That's the goal, and the ultimate goal is to win it."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Quinn Adds Scott Smith To Women's Soccer Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State soccer head coach Blair Quinn has hired Scott Smith as an assistant coach.

Smith joined the Aggies after he spent three seasons as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz. He is responsible for assisting with every facet of the NM State program, including daily operations, recruiting, travel accommodations, budget, academics and on-field direction.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 04/10/12

The Aggie softball team is headed to Albuquerque today to try to sweep the season series from the Lobos and more importantly end a ten game skid. The Aggies have run into injuries, sickness and had a general reshuffling of the deck so to speak because of the two.

The thing about the Aggie softball team's losing streak is that they haven't necessarily been playing badly, they were competitive against Arizona in the loss (and really should have won that game), they suffered two last-at bat losses against BYU, had two competitive games with Hawai'i (the best team in the league and one of the best in the country) and played three competitive games against Louisiana Tech.

The injury situation in the middle infield has been the hardest on the Aggies because it has forced them to play players out of position. Teresa Conrad has moved back to shortstop (after playing first base and doing quite well there) last season. Shaleese Javillo is now playing second base and according to Coach Rodolph had not fielded ground balls in competition since high school (she is a senior who was primarily a pinch runner), Celisha Walker has played in the infield and this past weekend the Aggies' standout sophomore outfielder Valerie Swedberg was behind the plate catching. Right now the Aggies are trying to hold the ship together with duct tape and bubble gum while they try to figure out the best combination of offense/defense to put on the field.

This is a big, big week for the softball team. At 0-9 they are very much in danger of not qualifying for the WAC tournament which will be hosted in Las Cruces this year. The Aggies host Nevada this week and the Wolf Pack currently sit at 4-5 in WAC play and in the coveted 6th place spot (only six of the eight teams qualify for the WAC tournament). The Aggies are two games behind Utah State.

The Wolf Pack still have series versus Hawai'i, BYU and at Lousiana Tech while Utah State still faces BYU in Provo and hosts Hawai'i.

The Aggies have quite a bit of work to do but winning the series this weekend against Nevada would go a long way to getting back in the hunt for a spot in the WAC tourney.

Tonight's game against in-state New Mexico is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. (MDT) first pitch. The game can be heard on KSNM AM 570 (at 6:00 p.m., tape delayed) with Kyle Doperalski calling the action. Live Stats will be available via the UNM athletic website.

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Aggie Soccer 2012 Schedule Released

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State soccer head coach Blair Quinn announced the 2012 schedule that includes eight home matches. The fall slate features four NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago and two rivalry matches.

"It's definitely a more challenging schedule than we've had here yet, with four teams from last year's NCAA Tournament, and six teams that finished in the top 80 of the NCAA RPI rankings," Quinn said. "We also have several difficult non-conference road games, which should help us when we get into WAC play."

This fall, the Aggies are hosting matches in their new facility, the Soccer Athletic Complex, which is located between the Coca-Cola Weight Center and the NM State Softball Complex.

NM State meets eight teams for the first time in school history, when the Aggies face UC Riverside (Aug. 31) and Southern Utah (Sept. 2) in Riverside, Calif., Sam Houston State (Sept. 7) and CSU Bakersfield (Oct. 14) in Las Cruces, and new WAC members, Denver (Oct. 12) and UTSA (Oct. 21) in Las Cruces, Texas State (Oct. 19) in San Marcos, Texas, and Seattle (Oct. 26) in Seattle, Wash.

The Aggies officially open the 2012 season in the Boise State Tournament against the host Broncos (Aug. 17) and Idaho State (Aug. 19). NM State hasn't played either program since the 2010 season and has a 1-1-0 record against Boise State and 0-1-1 record against Idaho State.  Continue Reading This Post >>