â¢ For their final home game in September, the NM State women’s football team will be hoping to end a three-game losing streak when they host Gonzaga on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm.
â¢ The Aggies and Bulldogs will meet for the first time when the two teams kick off the NM State Soccer Athletics Complex.
â¢ Sunday’s game is Day 1 of the Aggies’ 2021 regular season home schedule. Of NM State’s eight home games, only two will be played during the day.
NM STATE vs. THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
â¢ Sunday’s game against Gonzaga marks the Aggies’ fourth all-time encounter with a WCC opponent.
â¢ The state of the NM is 0-3 (.000) all time against opposition from the COE.
â¢ Aggies’ battle with Gonzaga marks second time as head coach Rob Baarts‘NM State of occupation for which it will go hand in hand with a WCC. In his first season at the helm of NM State, Baarts and his team abandoned a 2-1 home decision against Pacific on August 26, 2018.
â¢ Baarts knows the WCC well, having been an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at the University of Portland. Baarts ‘tenure as assistant coach for the Pilots’ women’s soccer program lasted from 2004 to 2013 and was marked by an NCAA Division I national championship in 2005.
â¢ Baarts was on the Pilots’ men’s soccer coaching staff from 2004 to 2015.
â¢ Despite being held scoreless for the second time in as many games, the forward Hannah leitner still leads the WAC in assists (four) as well as assists per game (0.50).
â¢ NM State is 1-1 at home this season and 3-3 in road slopes.
â¢ The Aggies are looking to return to the winning column for the first time since Sunday September 5th.
â¢ NM State is looking to avoid a four-game losing streak when it hits the field on Sunday morning. The last four-game slippage in the program occurred in the spring of 2021 when the team lost four straight games from March 11-20.
LAST RELEASE | NEW MEXICO 3, at NM STATE 1 â¢ Thursday September 16, 2021
â¢ In the Aggies-Lobos’ first clash since 2019, New Mexico scored two goals in the first 18 minutes of action and added another halfway through the final period to claim a 3 victory -1.
â¢ Back in action for the first time since September 2, forward Megan Ormson smashed New Mexico’s shutout attempt by scoring their second goal of the season at the end of the 76th minute of action.
â¢ Ormson’s strike was the Aggies’ first goal against New Mexico since 2017. The two-goal margin of victory was the highest between the two teams in the series since 2016.
SCOUTING GONZAGA | LISTING | CALENDAR | STATISTICS
â¢ Other than a 1-0 loss to Purdue in late August, the Bulldogs haven’t had much to say in 2021. Gonzaga makes his first trip to Las Cruces with an 8-1 record – the best in the game. WCC scores for the time being.
â¢ Boasting one of the most powerful offensives in the country, Gonzaga is scoring at a rate of 3.62 per game – an average that ranks ninth among all NCAA Division I women’s football teams. It has helped the Bulldogs beat their opponents 30-3 so far in 2021.
â¢ Gonzaga leads the CMC in a plethora of statistical categories including assists per game (3.38), points per game (10.62), goals per game, shots per game (23.38), shots on goal per game (12.5), assists (27), goals (30) and points (87).
â¢ Fifteen different Gonzaga players have scored goals this season, none more than second-year forward Maddie Kemp who has seven. Her goal tally ranks eighth nationally among all women’s soccer players in the NCAA Division I.
â¢ All of Gonzaga’s net wins this year belong to Lyza Bosselmann. The junior has been the Bulldogs’ favorite goalie, starting each of her team’s nine games. Bosselmann has amassed 22 of his team’s 29 saves and has a 0.38 goals-against average.
TO BE CONTINUED
â¢ After Sunday’s game, the Aggies turn to action from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The first of 10 NM State championship games is scheduled for Thursday night at Dixie State. Kick-off in St. George, Utah has been set for 7:00 p.m.
â¢ For full coverage of NM State women’s football throughout the 2021 season, visit NMStateSports.com – the official site of Aggie Athletics – and follow the Aggies on Facebook (NM State Women’s Soccer), Twitter (@NMStateWSOC) and Instagram (@NMStateWSOC).
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