ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of Nevada soccer team saw its season end with a 2-0 loss to Utah State in the first round of the 2013 Mountain West Soccer Tournament Monday evening at the UNM Soccer Complex.
With the loss, Nevada finishes the year (5-11-4, 3-6-1 MW), while Utah State improves to (10-6-4, 5-3-2 MW) overall and will face the fourth seeded New Mexico Lobos tomorrow at 6 p.m. PT.
“Congrats to Utah State on the win,” head coach Dr. Melissa Price said. “I thought we were never really able to get control of the game and find a rhythm with our style of play. I told the team that I was proud of them and that success isn’t always measured in wins and losses. This is an open wound that will take a little time to heal because we didn’t get a feel for the game and that hasn’t happened to us very much this season. To lose that way is disappointing. I’m proud of our program. We our continually building on our successes and failures. We qualified for the Mountain West Tournament, which was a goal of ours. Unfortunately we didn’t advance tonight, but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t improve as a program and that we aren’t going to be better when we return next year.”
The match began with two early shots on goal by Utah State at the top of the box that were saved by Nevada goalkeeper Kelsey Quintos. Wolf Pack forward Kori Disarufino’s shot went wide right of the net for the team’s first attempt in the 21st minute. The Aggies were awarded a free kick just outside of the Nevada penalty box in the 38th minute. Ambryn McCallson took the kick and shot the ball into the upper left corner of the net for the 1-0 Utah State lead. Wolf Pack defender Brianna Bosson had a 30-yard shot at the goal hit the crossbar in the closing minute of the half. Utah State went into the break with nine shots to two for Nevada.
The Wolf Pack offense came out of the intermission aggressive, getting off the first shot of the half on a Chrisalyn Fonte strike that sailed high. Aggies forward Jeniffer Flynn got an uncontested look at the Wolf Pack goal in the 61st minute with a shot from the right wing, but Quintos came up with the diving save to keep the ball out of the goal. Erin Saxton entered the match and had an attempt from just outside the Utah State box drift to the left of the net with 11 minutes to play. Nevada senior Chivon Crump dribbled into the teeth of the Utah State defense and got off a shot that was saved by the Aggies goalkeeper in the 82nd minute. With 2:32 left in regulation, Mari Miyashiro dribbled past the Wolf Pack defense and scored a goal to give the Aggies a 2-0 advantage and the win.