RENO, NV (KOLO) – For the first time in program history, Nevada (1-1) earned a victory at Pacific (0-2) thanks to two second-half goals by Gabby Brown and Alexis Friesen. It was the first-career goal for both newcomers and snapped an 0-4 all-time streak playing the Tigers on the road.
While trailing 1-0 in the second half, Brown nailed the equalizer in the 69th minute thanks to a perfect long ball from goalkeeper Kendal Stovall. Just minutes later, Friesen buried the game-winner through multiple defenders to give Nevada the 2-1 victory.
The first half was all Pacific, as the Tigers outshot the Pack 8-3 and held possession of the ball 52% of the match. Pacific ended the contest outshooting the Pack 17-9, but Nevada’s two shots on goal proved to be the difference as they both ended up scoring.
Stovall recorded three saves on the afternoon, while Tigers’ keeper Weronika Baranowska did not stop any shots. Both teams compiled two corner kicks but neither were able to capitalize.
Brown led the way for Nevada with five shots, four of which came in the second half. The Tigard, Ore. native caught fire in the final 20 minutes of the game, stemming from her goal off the free kick from Stovall. With three defenders around her, Brown chested the ball down, turned and fired over the outstretched arms of Baranowska to tie the game.
Just past the 70 minute mark, Stovall booted another free kick toward Brown, but this time the freshman knocked it down in front of Friesen, who rocketed a ball past the keeper to give Nevada a 2-1 lead in a span of under two minutes.
Nevada played stout defense for the remaining 20 minutes, not allowing the Tigers to strike back and tie the game and came away with its first win of the season and first ever at Knoles Field.
Brittany Wiehe, Audrey Barham, Hannah Souza, Sara Olanda, Lizzy Hairston and Stovall all played the full 90 minutes for the Pack. Along with Brown and Friesen, Mady Hairston and Annika Bergstrand also put up shots for the Pack.
Nevada’s next stop is in Hawaii, where it will face Sacramento State and the home Rainbow Wahine next week while spending time on the big island. The Pack will face Hawaii on Aug. 29 and the Hornets on Sept. 2, with both matches slated for 6:30 p.m.