Aggie soccer continues non-conference action
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State soccer team hits the road for its final two non-conference matches. The Aggies meet Northern Colorado, Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Greeley, Colo., and then face Wyoming, Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. in Laramie, Wyo.
The Bears are 2-3-0 overall this season after a 1-0 win over Air Force, Sept. 6. Sophomore forward Essence Ortiz-Lanier leads Northern Colorado with two goals.
The Aggies and Bears are tied in the all-time series 1-1-0. Each team has won the match on its home field. The Aggies won 1-0, Sept. 9, 2011 in Las Cruces, and Northern Colorado won 1-0, Sept. 24, 2010 in Greeley, Colo.
In the final minute of regulation, midfielder Mary Kate Koziol scored the lone goal of the match to give NM State a 1-0 win over Northern Colorado, Sept. 9, 2011 in Las Cruces. With only 20 seconds remaining in the contest, defender Vanessa Thomas found Koziol in the center of the box for the game-winning goal.
The Cowgirls have a 3-1-1 overall record following a 2-1 win at Nebraska-Omaha, Sept. 8. Wyoming hosts Weber State, Sept. 13, before the Aggies arrive in Laramie, Wyo.
The Aggies lead the all-time series 1-0-0. In the first-ever meeting, NM State defeated Wyoming, 2-1, Sept. 26, 2010 in Laramie.
With two goals in the second half, NM State beat Wyoming, 2-1, Sept. 26, 2010 in Laramie, Wyo. With only 10 minutes left in regulation, forward/midfielder Crystal Burns gave the Aggies a 2-1 lead with a 30-yard strike. The Aggies tied the match, 1-1, in the 63rd minute on midfielder/forward Lauren Cope’s first goal of the season.
Aggies Fall in Overtime 2-1
In the second overtime match of the season, the Aggies fell to UC Riverside, 2-1, Sept. 8 in Las Cruces. After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Aggies responded quickly in the second half. NM State evened the score, 1-1, when junior forward Layla Todd found senior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol, who launched a shot from 40-yards away in the 53rd minute. The goal was her second of the season.
Aggies Fall to Stephen F. Austin
NM State began its final non-conference home weekend with a 2-0 loss to Stephen F. Austin, Sept. 6 in Las Cruces. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter recorded a season-high six saves. Sophomore defender Mikaela Haley helped the effort and played all 90 minutes.