Rose's Penalty Kick, Woller's Netminding Pace Aggie Soccer Past Wolverines, 1-0, Monday
Aug 26, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - A penalty kick from junior defender Taryn Rose in the 50th minute was the lone goal of the match and another stonewall effort from sophomore goalkeeper Jeannie Woller paced Utah State soccer to a 1-0 win over Utah Valley Monday afternoon at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.
USU improved to 2-0 on the young season, while UVU fell to 0-2. The Aggies also moved to 5-1 all-time against the Wolverines.
Utah State peppered the net and UVU goalkeeper Lauren Slack all afternoon, out-shooting UVU, 16-11 overall, including 11-4 in the first half, but the Aggies couldn't get the ball past Slack, who made four saves. USU also had an 11-0 advantage in corner kicks, controlling possession and the flow of play for the majority of the match, just not scoring for the first 49 minutes of the match.
Junior forward Lauren Roundy spearheaded the Aggies' offensive charge and got fouled in the box by a UVU defender in the 50th minute. Rose calmly deposited the ensuing penalty kick for her first goal of the season and second of her career. Four different USU players have scored each of the Aggies' four goals on the year.
"It feels awesome because we've been working a lot on keeping our possession and passing it around, especially with the second game of the weekend when we're a little more tired from the first game," Roundy said. "We needed to save our energy a little bit and pass the ball around and possess. It's an in-state rivalry so it always feels good to take that one."
A total of 11 different Aggies fired shots, led by three each from Rose and freshman forward Jessica Brooksby, as action was on the USU offensive side of the pitch often.
"One of the things we did tell them was to keep dribbling it in the box, just keep dribbling it in the box, and we did that and that's how Roundy was able to earn that penalty kick. Taryn has been practicing them and she stepped up and nailed it. So it all came together," USU head coach Heather Cairns said. "It would have been nice with the amount of shots that we had to score a little bit more, but it is a definite step forward from where we were on Friday. If we were the best team that we were going to be today, we'd be in trouble, but we just want to keep taking steps forward and finding things to improve. If we can just put the possession and goal-scoring together, we're going to be looking pretty good."
Woller, who earlier in the afternoon was named the Mountain West Conference Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for her shutout in Friday's 3-0 win over Creighton, posted three saves Monday afternoon, and directed an Aggie defensive line that thwarted the Wolverines' attacks.
The UVU offense had a break through in the 84th minute with a breakaway by Haley Curtis, but Woller smothered the shot with a save. Moments later the Wolverine attack earned an in-direct free kick inside the Aggies' 18-yard box and Natalie Baker's shot was blocked before getting to the net and then Woller smothered Lexi Dunn's rebound shot attempt, keeping the score 1-0 in USU's favor.
The Aggies were able to swing the momentum back in their favor in the final minutes of the match with pinpoint passing and creative dribbling and possession to run out the clock.
"We went into today's match with two real goals, one of them was to complete more passes. We don't really feel like we did that in the first game, and we don't just feel like that, we know we did that today. We kept the stats on it, and we doubled the amount of passes completed from the Creighton game. The second goal was we wanted to defend better. We talked to each line about what they could do to defend better. My fault as the coach was I didn't tell them to keep scoring," Cairns said with a smile. "So we accomplished the two things that we wanted to accomplish in pre-game, but not the early goals. We talked about how to solve that in the second half, and I felt that we were a little bit more dynamic in the second half, but they stymied us. Their goalkeeper came up big for them, and they presented us with some problems we had difficulty solving."
After opening the season with a pair of home matches, Utah State now hits the road for the first time this year, heading to El Paso, Texas to take on UTEP on Friday, Aug. 30 in a 7 p.m. (MT) start. UTEP beat UVU, 3-2, on Aug. 23 in both teams' season-opener.
The Aggies return to the friendly confines of Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field on Monday, Sept. 2 to host Nebraska in a 1 p.m. (MT) start.
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