RENO, Nev. – Opening play at Mackay Stadium Sunday afternoon, the Nevada soccer team suffered a 3-0 setback to visiting San Francisco.
“I thought today we did some things well as far as our game plan but we fell short in a couple of areas,” head coach Dr. Melissa Price said. “We weren’t able to make some adjustments on the fly during the game, and San Francisco is a good team, they move the ball pretty well. I thought we could have made some changes in how we dealt with some things tactically, and we did and we didn’t, so I think we can learn from that and move on.”
When the 20 minute mark of the game rolled around, the Dons (1-1-0) put up two quick goals on the Wolf Pack (0-1-1), forcing the team to climb out of a hole early on. USF was granted a corner kick opportunity right around the 20th minute and took advantage to net the game’s first goal. Amanda Whittle tapped a short pass off the corner to Jaciara Mello, who sent a long range shot from the far side of the field over the outreached arms of Nevada goalkeeper Devyn Bryar.
Nearly a minute after the first score, San Francisco got an unassisted tally from Jessica Nakae on a shot that went far post from about 12 yards out, putting the Dons ahead by two.
San Francisco controlled possession for most of the 90 minutes, but the Pack held its own and managed a few solid scoring chances. Nearing the end of the game, Nevada’s Daisha Jones-Oglesby sent off a shot close to the front of the net that sailed just wide. Shortly after Jones-Oglesby’s near miss, freshman Angel Meriwether dribbled the ball up field, streaking past defenders only to have her shot blocked.
The Dons put up an insurance marker in the 88th minute off the foot of Maddy Glaser, a high, arching shot from 15 yards out that found the back of the net.
San Francisco led in shot totals, 14-6, while corner kick opportunities were held even at three apiece. Jones-Oglesby and Meriwether each recorded a team-best two shots. USF goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel made three saves on the afternoon, and Pack goalkeeper, Bryar, stopped five shots.
Nevada embarks on its first road trip of the new campaign as the team heads south for the Texas Tournament to face Stephen F. Austin this Friday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m.