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Women's Soccer News

Winning The WAC, One Tall Order

Written By: Russell Barns for NM State Media Relations

Lauren CopeIn most areas involving competition, size matters. The stronger, faster and more physically formidable one is the better, except for maybe women’s soccer.

Lauren Cope or "Copee" to her friends is one such player. Listed at 5-2 she may be short even for soccer standards but that is her secret weapon.

"I don’t mind being short. Actually, I kind of like it I'm able to play head games with the opposition," Cope said. "They (opponents) get mad if I beat them for an air ball. I can get in their heads."

As a starting midfielder/forward, her main attribute is quickness. One doesn’t have to have blazing speed or overpowering strength. Cope can get to the ball before most other players.

"It's a matter of staying focused; being aware of the field and players. Knowing how the game plays."

Last year as a freshman, Cope had great success on the pitch. She was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week and scored several important goals that propelled the Aggies victory.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>

Mikaela Bitner Named WAC Defensive Player Of The Week

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Mikaela Bitner has been named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week of September 6th-12th.

Bitner, a redshirt freshman goalkeeper from Albuquerque, N.M. (Sandia HS), anchored the NM State defense in a 1-0 shutout victory over North Dakota on Friday night. "She deserves it, she's done an outstanding job for us in the goal," said head coach Michael Needham. "She's made some really big saves at big times for us and all-in-all she's done an exceptional job to this point."

Bitner recorded a season-high nine saves in the game against the Fighting Sioux and on the season has .892 save percentage and is allowing 0.72 goals per game en route to helping the Aggies post a 3-1-2 record through six games in the 2010 season.

This is the first Player of the Week award for Bitner and the second of the 2010 season for the Aggies as Yolanda McMillion was named Offensive Player of the Week last week.

McMillion Earns WAC Player Of The Week Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion has been named WAC Offensive Player of the Week, for the week of Aug. 23-29. This is the first career honor for McMillion.

An Alamogordo, N.M. native, McMillion led the Aggie soccer team to the Hotel Encanto Aggie Classic title with the first hat trick in school history. McMillion scored three goals in NM State’s 8-0 victory against Prairie View A&M, Aug. 29. She also scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Jacksonville State, Aug. 27. For the week, McMillion posted a team-high four goals, two game-winning goals, and eight points with a .714 shots on goal percentage. She also became the first Aggie in school history to score multiple goals in a single match.

"Yolanda was great for us this weekend," head coach Michael Needham said. "She works very hard and her goals were a direct effect of that hard work."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Picked To Finish 8th In Preseason Coaches Poll

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - Utah State has been selected as the favorite for the 2010 Western Athletic Conference season as determined by a vote by the league’s nine head coaches. The 2010 WAC preseason all-conference soccer team and Players of the Year were also announced as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Utah State placed second last season in the WAC with a 5-2-1 regular season record. The Aggies received three first place votes for 59 points. Utah State returns 16 letterwinners, including eight starters from last year’s squad. Boise State was voted to finish second, receiving six first place votes with a tally of 58 total points. The Broncos won the 2009 WAC Tournament championship. Last season’s regular season champion, San Jose State, received 40 points to place third.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Kick-Off Party On The Patio, August 12th

As promised, I am writing to update you with our plans for our Aggie Soccer Kick-off Party on the Patio. We will be getting together at 6:30PM on August 12, 2010 at The Game Sports Bar and Grill. This will be an amazing opportunity for you to have a fun evening with everyone in our program. All coaches and players will be in attendance and look forward to the opportunity to get to know you better and for you to get to know us a better. Everyone is welcome, we will have schedule posters on hand and sharpies ready for autographs with the kids (and adults).

This will not be your average event, we are looking to have a fun evening with our fans or as we call them in soccer, our supporters. This event will expose our new players to how great the fans of Las Cruces are. I think back to one of our seniors last year, Katie Graul (Transfer Goalkeeper, First Team All-WAC), in a conversation after one of our games, she explained to all of our young players just how special it is to play here at New Mexico State and to play in Las Cruces, NM. She had played three years of collegiate soccer at other schools and had never seen the support you provided for us. She simply looked at me and asked if she could say something, I responded of course, this was her address to the team....

"Guys, look around, this is amazing, can you believe you are playing women's college soccer in front of this many people, awesome, just awesome guys!"

I wanted to reach out and personally invite you to our Aggie Soccer Kick-Off Party on the Patio. You support means so much not only to our program, but also to me personally. Thank you for your continued support of our program, see you on the 12th, come help us start this season off right!  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Supporters, Save These Dates

Well can you believe that another school year is about to begin and our soccer student-athletes arrive on campus next week for their second season. To be perfectly honest, the first 20 months of my head coaching career have been an absolute whirlwind. The process of building this program is going extremely well so I just wanted to touch base personally and thank you for all of the support you have shown us.

We have an exciting season ahead of us. The successes of our first year behind us, we will build upon those this coming season. You will see many of the same values in place, but I believe you will see better and more attacking soccer this year. Our kids will continue to work harder, be more passionate, and be more committed than any team on our schedule. These core values in our program will remain constant as we continue to grow this program into a force to be reckoned with in the WAC, Southwest Region, and ultimately on the National Stage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Forty Eight Aggie Freshmen And Transfers Earn 2009-2010 Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER -- The 2009-10 academic All-WAC freshmen and transfers have been announced and NM State had 48 student-athletes honored. The Aggies' soccer team led the way with 11 honorees, swimming and diving had nine honorees, Chelsa McDonnell, Camille Schultz and Courtney Schultz earned honors for three different sports, women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. The softball team had seven honorees, baseball had five, men's cross country had four, volleyball, women's basketball and football each had two and the men's and women's golf teams each had one.

The following is the list of freshmen and transfer honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Needham Announces 2010 Soccer Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State soccer head coach Michael Needham announced the 2010 schedule, Tuesday, May 18, that features 12 home matches in Aggie Memorial Stadium. The second-year schedule is highlighted with the inaugural Aggie Classic, a pair of rivalry matches and two NCAA Tournament teams, Boise State and Northern Arizona.

"This schedule is appropriate for where we are as a program," Needham said. "There are some good teams that we are going to play here. We’re definitely heavy on the home side, which is exciting. To follow up a great 2009 season, where our home attendance was fantastic, it was important to me to be able to get as many home games as we could, not only for our players but for our fans, because people were excited about us and we want everyone to stay excited."  Continue Reading This Post >>