Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – With the 2015 New Mexico State women’s soccer season a little over a month away, the NM State Athletic Department announced Tuesday that season tickets for this year’s 11 home matches will go on sale Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. (MDT).
Season tickets will be available to all Aggie fans 13 years of age and older for $24 per ticket. As always, kids 12 years old and under have free admission to every home match. Single game tickets, which do not go on sale until Aug. 17, will be sold for $5, meaning season ticket holders will pay less than half the regular price for admission.
NM State faculty, staff and retired employees of the university can purchase season tickets for $12 per ticket, half the price of a regular season ticket, which means the whole home schedule can be enjoyed for just over $1 per match.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the NM State Ticket Office in front of the Pan American Center or by calling 575-646-1420. The ticket office’s summer hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
They can also be purchased online in a couple of ways, by going to www.NMStateSports.com and clicking on the ‘Tickets’ link atop the home page or by going directly to the Ticketmaster website by clicking on the link provided.
“We are very excited about the 2015 home schedule we have put together for our fans,” said Aggie head coach Freddy Delgado. “We haven’t had this many matches in some time. We are looking forward to entertaining our fans with an attacking, high-pressure brand of soccer.”
In fact, the 11 home matches ties the most home matches NM State has ever had in a season, tying the 11 the Aggies had in 2010. It will be the most matches at the Soccer Athletic Complex since NM State moved into the new venue in 2012.
The Aggies begin the season with three-straight home matches, beginning with an exhibition versus Pima Community College on Wednesday, Aug. 19. NM State then hosts Eastern Washington before playing perhaps the biggest match of the season, a matchup with I-25 rival New Mexico on Wednesday, Aug. 26, to be played inside Aggie Memorial Stadium, the first time the Aggies will play inside the stadium since 2011.
“We open up with three matches, highlighted by the rivalry match versus UNM,” Delgado said. “We are expecting a large, loud, rowdy crowd inside the stadium that is going to make it difficult on the visiting Lobos and will hopefully lead us to our first-ever win over our rivals.”
After two road matches, NM State plays another three-straight at home to kick off September, concluding with a visit from another rival, UTEP, on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The Aggies will also try to break a winless streak against their rivals from the south.
“We also have UTEP at home, which has traditionally been a tough match,” Delgado said. “We are hoping our home supporters will make the difference this year.”
NM State closes out the month of September with the first of five Western Athletic Conference matches in Las Cruces. The Aggies begin WAC play by hosting newly formed University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, formerly Texas-Pan American.
October brings the final four home matches for NM State as WAC members Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, Chicago State and Missouri-Kansas City visit the Soccer Athletic Complex. Senior day will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 18, as the Aggies face the ‘Roos at 1 p.m.
“The conference schedule provides us with key home matchups versus upper-level WAC teams UTRGV, Bakersfield and Grand Canyon,” Delgado said. “Those will be critical matches and will play a significant role in looking ahead to the WAC Tournament. We will need our fans out in full force for those matches.”
Coach Delgado, who begins his second season at the helm of the Aggie program, will lead a young, but exciting, team as he tries to move the program forward. NM State will carry 16 freshmen on its 27-player roster. Delgado has also made it a point to recruit locally as 18 of the 27 players hale from New Mexico while two others are from our neighbor to the south, El Paso, Texas.
Included in the New Mexico players, fans will have a chance to see two homegrown talents from Las Cruces in freshman goaltender Rian Nials from Mayfield High School and sophomore midfielder Micaela Milavec from Las Cruces High School.
2015 NM STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER HOME SCHEDULE
Aug. 19 Pima CC (Exhibition) 3:30 PM
Aug. 23 Eastern Washington 1:00 PM
Aug. 26 UNM (Aggie Stadium) 6:00 PM
Sep. 4 Weber State 4:00 PM
Sep. 6 Lamar 1:00 PM
Sep. 9 UTEP 4:00 PM
Sep. 27 UTRGV* 1:00 PM
Oct. 2 Bakersfield* 3:00 PM
Oct. 4 Grand Canyon* 1:00 PM
Oct. 16 Chicago State* 3:00 PM
Oct. 18 Missouri-Kansas City* 1:00 PM
* WAC match