Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State soccer team opens the 2013 season in Las Cruces with a pair of home matches at the soccer complex. The Aggies face Nebraska-Omaha, Friday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. and in-state rival New Mexico, Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m.
The Mavericks only lost one starter from the 2012 squad that finished 3-15-0 overall. Nebraska-Omaha placed seventh in the Summit League following a 3-5-0 conference record.
This is the first meeting in school history between the Aggies and Mavericks.
New Mexico Lobos
The Lobos posted an 11-7-2 overall record in 2012. UNM returns five starters from a year ago, when it finished second in the Mountain West Conference after a 4-2-1 record. The Lobos host Texas Tech in their season opener, Friday.
New Mexico has a 3-0-0 lead in the all-time series. The Lobos edged the Aggies, 1-0, in double overtime, Sept. 16, 2012 in Albuquerque.
In another defensive strong hold, NM State fell to in-state rival New Mexico, 1-0, in the final minutes of double overtime, Sept. 16, 2012. The rivalry match was the second consecutive double overtime game. Goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner anchored the Aggie defense with a game-high eight saves. Defender Courtney Irwin, midfielder/defender Olivia Sierra and defender Mikaela Bitner assisted with the defensive effort and played all 108 minutes.
White Defeats Crimson 5-3
NM State prepared for the upcoming 2013 season with its annual Crimson and White Scrimmage, and the White team beat the Crimson crew, 5-3, Aug. 17. Freshman forward Devin Hart and junior forward Layla Todd paced the White team with two goals each. Senior midfielder Daisy Hernandez also scored for the White team. For the Crimson squad, senior midfielder/defender Olivia Sierra, sophomore midfielder/forward Miranda Valdez and freshman forward/midfielder Salina Lucero each recorded a goal.
The 2013 season marks only the second time in the program’s five years that the Aggies have opened the year at home. In the 2010 season, the Aggies played to a 1-1 tie in double overtime with Montana, Aug. 22, 2010. NM State opened the 2012, 2011 and 2009 seasons on the road.
Year in Review
Defense was a strong point for the Aggies in 2012, as they posted four shutouts and only allowed one goal in six games. NM State struggled offensively last season and posted a 2-14-3 overall record. The Aggies played in seven overtime matches and moved to their new home, the NM State Soccer Complex, in 2012. NM State has 16 players returning from the 2012 squad including six starters.
Welcome to Las Cruces
The Aggies have 10 newcomers on the roster this season. Freshman defender Victoria Archuleta, sophomore defender Cindy Buraczyk, freshman midfielder/forward Gabby Campbell, freshman defender Melissa Canizalez, freshman goalkeeper Tayler Hammack, freshman forward Devin Hart, freshman forward/midfielder Salina Lucero, freshman defender/midfielder Stephanie Petre, junior goalkeeper Taylor Rice and freshman defender Maggie Sabik are in the Class of 2013.
Aggies Picked Fifth in WAC Preseason Poll
NM State was voted to finish fifth in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which is voted on by the league’s seven head coaches. Junior forward Layla Todd earned Preseason All-WAC team honors. She led the Aggies in shots (25) and goals (4) in 2012.
The Aggies travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for two matches in the UNLV Nike Invitational. NM State meets LIU Brooklyn, Aug. 30, and Portland State, Sept. 1.