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On the Road Again, NM State Travels to Edinburgh to Face UTRGV

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NM State (3-2-3, 0-0-2 WAC) vs. Seattle U (2-7-0, 0-2 WAC)

Friday, Sep 23 | 5:30pm MT | UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex | Edinburgh, Texas

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LAS CRUCES, NM – After an eventful weekend of games which saw the Aggies tie two of the best teams in the WAC this season (Utah Valley and Seattle U), the NM State women’s soccer team will be back on the road this week to take on UTRGV for the third game of their conference schedule. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday, Sep. 23, at 5:30 pm from the UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

NM State is looking to get back in the win column after back-to-back draws against conference powerhouses UVU and SU. Despite not garnering a win last weekend, the Aggies still managed to climb a couple spots in the WAC standings this week. NM State now sits at sixth in the conference standings behind Southern Utah (1), Utah Tech (2), Utah Valley (3), Seattle U (4) and California Baptist (5).

The Aggies will look to add to their point total with a win in Edinburgh this Friday, while the Vaqueros look to stay afloat in the conference after dropping their first two conference games of the season.

Follow Along | Watch | live stats

Aggie Nation can follow along with all the action thanks to live stats from StatBroadcast. Also, fans can also stream the action through WAC International (formally known as WAC Digital Network). To stream, you will need to create a free account through WAC International – no subscription is needed.

Last Time Out | NM State 1, Seattle U 1 | September 18/19, 2022 | box score

• After multiple lightning delays, the match between NM State and Seattle U wound up being postponed shortly after the start of the second half on Sunday. The game was scheduled to resume the following day at 11 am Eventually, the game ended in a 1-1 tie nearly 24 hours after the initial kickoff.

• Gia Valenti secured her first career goal in the 55th minute of that match. The score came off a Loma McNeese assist. McNeese now has three assists on the season and five in her career.

• Both teams had a combined 24 shots in the match (12 each). Seattle U had four shots on goal, and NM State had three.

• Makenna Gottschalk added three more saves to her season total – she now has 30 saves on the year.

• Tania Tapia (21′) and Jena Johannes (88′) drew one yellow card each. Both were labeled for dissent.

By the Numbers.

• After recording a seven save performance over the weekend, Makenna Gottschalk is now tied for fifth in the WAC with 30 saves on the season and 174 in her career. Gottschalk also ranks third in the conference in goals against average (1.00) and fourth in save percentage (.789).

• Gia Valenti scored the first goal of her career on Monday. Prior to the goal, she recorded 22 shots in three seasons as an Aggie without finding the back of the net.

• The Aggies have the third most assists in the WAC (17), averaging 2.13 per game, which is also the third best in the conference.

• Bianca Chacon leads the team in scores with four and is tied for fourth most goals in the WAC. She is also top ten in shots (16)

• Xitlaly Hernandez is tied for the third most assists in the conference with four, while ranking sixth in assists per game (0.50).

• NM State currently ranks sixth in the conference standings, seventh overall.

• The Aggies also rank 142 in the NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI which is the fourth highest ranking in the WAC – Grand Canyon (59), Utah Valley (71) and California Baptist (115) are the only three schools in the conference that rank higher than the Aggies.

Scouting UTRGV | 2-7-0, 0-2 WAC | Roster | Scheduling | Statistics

• The Vaqueros are currently riding a three-game losing streak heading into Friday’s match.

• Last weekend they dropped a pair of road games against Southern Utah (2-1) and Utah Tech (1-0).

• UTRGV ranks tenth in the conference standings and tenth overall. They are one of four teams in the WAC yet to record a conference point; Grand Canyon, Sam Houston, and Stephen F Austin are the three other schools.

• Opponents are outscoring the Vaqueros 19-8 on the year. Their season high in goals is three, coming against A&M Corpus Christi and Texas Southern.

• Amy Hislop and Ana Recarte-Pacheco lead UTRGV in goals with two each.

WAC | Standings | Statistics

school | Conference Record

  1. Southern Utah | 2-0
  2. UtahTech | 2-0
  3. Utah Valley | 1-0-1
  4. Seattle U. | 1-0-1
  5. California Baptist | 1-0
  6. NM State | 0-0-2
  7. Abilene Christian | 0-0-1
  8. Tarleton | 0-0-1
  9. Grand Canyon | 0-1
  10. UTRGV | 0-2
  11. Sam Houston | 0-2
  12. Stephen F Austin | 0-2

next up

The Aggies will have one more road game against Stephen F. Austin before returning to Las Cruces for their last three home games of the season. Following their homestead, the Aggies will hit the road again where they will close out their season against Utah Tech, Sam Houston, GCU and CBU.

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