Utah State Soccer opens MW Play with 1-0 win in Nevada

Reno, Nevada – Just as they did in the previous two games, the Utah State Soccer offensive took its time penetrating the opponent’s defense.

But the hack, they did.

big striker Nicole Hadlock The Nevada defense broke through the game’s lone goal in the 74th minute to lead the team to a 1-0 victory in the team’s first game at Mountain West.

“Proud of the team’s performance today” coach Money Martins He said. “We started fast and finished strong against a good team with a lot of energy in a tough place to get results.”

The United States came out with a strong first game, taking a shot on target just 18 seconds into the match. The Aggies maintained the pressure in the first 45 minutes, outperforming Nevada, 9-3, in the first half. However, both defenses held out.

As in USU’s previous two games against BYU and Northern Colorado, Utah State responded to being goalless in the first half by coming off strong after the break. The Aggies scored the first shots of the second half but were unable to break the tie within 25 minutes of the second half.

In the 74th minute, the USU made its way down the right flank of the Wolf Pack defense when he was young London Miller I found the second year Tenzi Knowles along the right lateral line. He then picked Knowles Hadlock as he ran behind the Nevada defense. After seeing Kendall Stovall of Nevada just off the goal line, Hadlock fired from the first touch, curling her shot out of reach and into the net.

The United States had a 21-4 advantage in total shots for the match, including an 8-2 lead on shots on target. The Wolfpack team nearly took their chances late in the game but an apparent corner kick goal was disallowed by a Nevada foul. Aggies managed to block the opponent’s attack in the full 90 minutes to ensure victory.

“We’ve started the last few games a little bit slowly and we’ve been very deliberate in our preparation this week to improve on that,” Martins said. “Our first chance came 20 seconds into the match and we managed to maintain that rhythm and quality for the better part of the 90 minutes.”

With her first goal of the season, Hadlock becomes the tenthThe tenth USU’s top scorer of the year. Meanwhile, Knowles became 15The tenth Player to score help this season. The Aggies team now has 20 players who have scored at least one point.

Hadlock’s goal also made it three consecutive games in which Utah State scored a linked goal or game win in the last 17 minutes of the game. junior Whitney Lopez He scored the equalizer in the 83rd minute of USU’s 1-1 draw against BYU while Miller scored the 73rd match-winning goalresearch and development Minutes during the Aggies 1-0 win over Northern Colorado. In all, Utah State has five such goals this season.

Junior goalkeeper Mackenzie Huninghaki, at the start of her second career in goal, she scored two goals in her second consecutive closing. Hunninghake is the first Aggie goalkeeper to score cracks in each of her first two careers since Grace McGuire started in 2016.

With the win, Utah State went 4-2-4 on the season and claims an early claim to the top spot in the Conference along with Colorado State as the only teams to win their opening game of MW play.

USU continues to center the business of the conference on Sunday, September 25 at 1 p.m. (MT) when it hosts UNLV at Chuck & Gloria Bell Field.

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