14 Oct NM State Tries for Second-Straight Win over California Baptist Friday
NM State (7-7, 3-2 WAC) at California Baptist (5-6-1, 3-2 WAC)
Friday, Oct. 15 | 2:00 p.m. MT | Irvine, Calif. | Championship Soccer Stadium
• With one half of its WAC regular-season schedule in the books, the NM State soccer team begins its second run against the league’s West Division opponents Friday afternoon. At 2:00 p.m. MT, the Aggies will go in search of a second-straight victory over California Baptist at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine, Calif.
• NM State knocked off California Baptist by a 1-0 tally at the NM State Soccer Athletics Complex on Sunday, Oct. 3, to post the program’s first victory over the Lancers.
• The Aggies enter Friday afternoon’s affair with a 1-4 (.200) all-time record against their foes from California. NM State head coach Rob Baarts also owns a 1-4 (.200) mark against the Lancers.
• Three of the five previous meetings between the two teams have been decided by just a single goal including each of the last two.
• NM State is 0-3 when facing California Baptist in the Golden State. In those three matches, the Aggies have been outscored by an 8-2 margin.
LAST TIME OUT | NM State 0, at Grand Canyon 6 • Saturday, Oct. 9
• In a battle between the top two teams in the WAC’s West Division standings, NM State put eight shots on goal but ultimately had no answer for a high-scoring GCU team as the Aggies suffered a 6-0 setback Saturday night at GCU Stadium.
• The loss was the Aggies’ fifth shutout setback of the season and snapped their two-match WAC winning streak.
• NM State remains in second place in the WAC’s West Division standings, but is in a tie for that spot with California Baptist.
ABOUT THE AGGIES
• For the fifth time this season, NM State is hoping to bounce back after a shutout loss. In games directly after shutout losses in 2021, the Aggies are 4-1 (.800).
• NM State is one win away from matching the program record for WAC wins in a single season (four). The 2009, 2015 and spring 2021 editions of the Aggies are tied for the program record in that category.
• The Aggies’ seven wins this season are the most in a single season in the tenure of fourth-year head coach Rob Baarts as well as the fourth-most in a single season in program history. NM State’s 2011 club set the program record for wins in a season with 11 while the Aggies’ 2009 and 2017 squads each won nine matches.
• Baarts has succeeded in increasing the Aggies’ win total every single season during his tenure. After winning just two matches in 2018, the Aggies won four in 2019 and five in the 2021 spring season.
• Fifteen NM State players have points to their credit this season. Only Grand Canyon (20 players) has more student-athletes who have either scored goals or registered assists in 2021.
• In goal, Makenna Gottschalk has been a solid performer for NM State through her senior year. The Broomfield, Colo., product has an even 7-7 mark which features 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 netminders and her three clean sheets are the third-most when stacked up against that same group.
• In the history of NM State women’s soccer, six goalkeepers have recorded 100 or more saves in their career. Gottschalk is one of those individuals as she has 114 to her credit. With two more stops she’ll pass Katie Graul for fifth place on the program’s all-time saves chart.
• Various NM State players have been stepping up in a big way this season. NM State has not had the benefit of a fully healthy roster since early September due to multiple injuries.
• Hannah Leitner is the program’s all-time leader in assists with 12 throughout her career in the Crimson and White. Additionally, Leitner ranks eighth all-time on the NM State goal scoring charts with 10 in her career.
• Three other Aggies have been making their way up the program’s all-time goal scoring charts since the season began, too. O’Connor has booted in 11 during her NM State career. Those 11 goals are the seventh-most all-time.
• Like Leitner, Corey Kizer is tied for eighth all-time in career goals scored with 10. On the year Kizer has accounted for two of the Aggies’ 13 scores.
SCOUTING CALIFORNIA BAPTIST | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS
• Since suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of NM State on Sunday, Oct. 3, California Baptist has proceeded to post one-goal WAC victories against Utah Valley (1-0) and Dixie State (2-1) to move into a tie for second place in the WAC’s West Division standings.
• Taylor Summit was the hero in the Lancers’ 1-0 win over defending WAC regular season and tournament champion Utah Valley, booting in the game-winner in the 84th minute. Malia Cerdon scored twice in the Lancers’ 2-1 victory against Dixie State, moving her to the top of the team’s goal-scoring chart with three on the season.
• Cerdon is the Lancers’ only player with more than one goal to her credit this season. Six different California Baptist players have one goal apiece while Madison Sonerholm is the team’s lone player with both a goal and an assist to her credit this season (one goal, two assists, four points).
• Back between the pipes for the Lancers is Romy Salvador who has posted a 5-4-1 record. Salvador was forced to sit out the Lancers’ WAC match at NM State earlier in the month after getting hit with a red card early on in her team’s 6-1 setback at Grand Canyon (Oct. 1). Salvador possesses a 1.07 goals against average and has made 28 of the Lancers’ 35 stops this season.
• Four of the Lancers’ five WAC matches and six of the team’s 12 games this season have been decided by one goal.
• California Baptist is playing its “home” matches at various locations around the Riverside, Calif., area while construction on the team’s new stadium continues. The Lancers’ “home” fixtures have taken place in Norco, Calif., and in Irvine, Calif., and the team has posted a 3-1 (.750) showing in those tilts this season.
COMING UP NEXT
• The endpoint of the Aggies’ three-match WAC road trip is the Pacific Northwest as NM State goes in search of its second-straight victory over Seattle U. Kickoff in Seattle is set for 2:00 p.m. MT at Championship Field.
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