NM State attempts second straight win over California Baptist on Friday

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Match fifteen
New Mexico State (7-7, 3-2 WAC) at California Baptist (5-6-1, 3-2 WAC)
Friday October 15 | 2:00 p.m. MT | Irvine, California | Championship football stadium
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KICK OFF
• With half of their WAC regular season schedule on the books, the NM State football team begins its second inning against opponents in the Western Division of the league on Friday afternoon. At 2:00 p.m. MT, the Aggies will set off in search of a second straight win over California Baptist at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine, Calif.

THE SERIES
• NM State defeated California Baptist by a score of 1-0 at the NM State Soccer Athletics Complex on Sunday, October 3, to register the program’s first win over the Lancers.
• The Aggies embark on Friday afternoon’s adventure with a 1-4 (0.200) record against their California opponents. NM State Head Coach Rob Baarts also holds a 1-4 (0.200) rating against the Lancers.
• Three of the five previous meetings between the two teams have been decided by a single goal including each of the last two.
• NM State is 0-3 to California Baptist in Golden State. In those three games, the Aggies were dominated by an 8-2 margin.

LAST RELEASE | NM State 0, at Grand Canyon 6 • Saturday October 9
• In a battle between the top two teams in the WAC West Division standings, NM State scored eight shots on goal but ultimately had no response for a high scoring GCU team as the Aggies suffered a setback 6-0 Saturday night at the GCU stadium.
• The loss was the Aggies’ fifth shutout of the season and ended their two-game WAC winning streak.
• NM State remains in second place in the WAC West Division standings, but is tied for that place with California Baptist.

ABOUT AGIES
• For the fifth time this season, NM State is hoping to bounce back from a shutout loss. In games directly after shutout losses in 2021, the Aggies are 4-1 (0.800).
• NM State is one win away from tying the program’s record for WAC single-season wins (four). The 2009, 2015 and spring 2021 editions of the Aggies are tied for the program record in this category.
• The Aggies’ seven wins this season are the most important in a single season in the term of fourth-year head coach Rob Baarts as well as the fourth highest number in a single season in the history of the program. The 2011 NM State club set the single-season winning streak record with 11 while the 2009 and 2017 Aggies teams each won nine games.
• Baarts has managed to increase the Aggies’ total wins every season of his tenure. After winning just two games in 2018, the Aggies won four in 2019 and five in spring 2021.
• Fifteen NM State players have points to their credit this season. Only the Grand Canyon (20 players) has more student-athletes who have scored goals or recorded assists in 2021.
• In order to, Makenna gottschalk has been a strong performer for NM State throughout her senior year. The Broomfield, Colo. Product is tied at 7-7 which includes a 1.84 goals-against average as well as 55 of the team’s 56 saves.
• Gottschalk’s save total this season is the fifth highest among all WAC goaltenders and his three clean sheets are third against the same group.
• In NM State’s women’s football history, six goalies have made 100 or more saves in their careers. Gottschalk is one such person, having 114 under her belt. With two more saves, she will overtake Katie Graul for fifth place on the program’s all-time save table.
• Various NM State players have stepped up dramatically this season. The state of New Mexico has not enjoyed a healthy roster since early September due to multiple injuries.
Hannah leitner is the all-time leader in the assists program with 12 throughout his Crimson and White career. Additionally, Leitner ranks eighth all-time in the NM State’s scorers chart with 10 in his career.
• Since the start of the season, three other Aggies have also made their way up the program’s all-time scorers standings. O’Connor started in 11 during his career in NM State. These 11 goals are the seventh of all time.
• Like Leitner, Corey Kizer is tied for eighth in career goals scored with 10. During the year, Kizer has scored two of the Aggies’ 13 goals.

SCOUTING CALIFORNIA BAPTIST | LIST | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS
• Since suffering a 1-0 loss at the hands of NM State on Sunday, October 3, California Baptist has recorded one-goal wins over Utah Valley (1-0) and Dixie State (2-1) for the move tied for second place in the WAC West Division standings.
• Taylor Summit was the hero of the Lancers’ 1-0 victory over the defending WAC regular season and Utah Valley tournament champion, scoring the game-winning goal in the 84th minute. Malia Cerdon has scored twice in the Lancers’ 2-1 win over Dixie State, which places her atop the team’s scoring charts with three goals this season.
• Cerdon is the only Lancers player to have more than one goal to her name this season. Six different California players each have a goal while Madison Sonerholm is the only player on the team with a goal and an assist this season (one goal, two assists, four points).
• Back in between the posts for the Lancers is Romy Salvador who posted a 5-4-1 record. Salvador was forced out of the Lancers’ WAC game at NM State earlier this month after receiving a red card at the start of her team’s 6-1 setback at the Grand Canyon (Oct. 1). Salvador has a 1.07 goals-against average and has made 28 of the Lancers’ 35 saves this season.
• Four of the Lancers’ five WAC games and six of the team’s 12 games this season have been decided by a goal.
• California Baptist plays its “home” games at various locations in the Riverside, Calif. Area, while construction of the team’s new stadium continues. The Lancers’ “home” games have been held in Norco, Calif. And Irvine, Calif., And the team are 3-1 (0.750) in those slopes this season.

TO BE CONTINUED
• The end point of the Aggies’ three-game WAC road trip is the Pacific Northwest as NM State seeks their second straight win over Seattle U. Kick-off in Seattle is scheduled for 2:00 pm MT at Championship Field.

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