RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada soccer team defeated Sacramento State 3-2 Sunday afternoon in front of a program record 1,050 fans at the Moana Sports Complex.
With the win, Nevada improves to (2-3-2 MW) on the season, while Sacramento State drops to (3-4 Big Sky).
“Today was a step in the right direction as far as our maturity level and development as a team,” head coach Dr. Melissa Price said. “After having the consecutive overtime matches last weekend, I was proud of the way the team responded and closed out the match in regulation today. We had a great atmosphere around us with all of the fans that came out to support the team. I want to thank the Great Basin Youth Soccer League, GBYSL Commissioner Richard Jay, and everyone who was involved in putting on the event today.”
Nevada controlled a fair share of the possessions in the opening half. The Wolf Pack got on the board first, scoring a goal on a 15-yard shot by Kori Disarufino in the 24th minute. 12 minutes later, Hornets forward Alyysa Anderson received a midfield pass from Jennifer Lum and shot a ball into the net to even the match at 1-1. With three minutes to go before halftime, Nevada defender Chelsea Fricke headed in a tipped ball from the goalkeeper into the net to give the Wolf Pack a 2-1 lead going into the break. Nevada received eight corner kicks in the first half to none for Sacramento State.
The Hornets fought back in the early portion of the second period to tie the game, as Josie Jogwe gathered a loose ball in front of the Wolf Pack net and tapped it in to make the score 2-2. The two teams traded opportunities on each of the offensive ends, before a strike by Bobby Reilly hit the right post and found the back of the net to give Nevada a 3-2 advantage in the 75th minute. Sacramento State had a final chance to score on a corner kick, but the clock expired as the ball was in the air to preserve the Wolf Pack win.
Nevada will travel to Missoula, Mont. Friday for a match at Montana. Kick-off is 3 p.m.