Utah State Soccer Drops 1-0 Heartbreaker to No. 20 Oklahoma State Friday
Sept. 4, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's season-opening three-match winning streak ended Friday with a hard-fought, 1-0, loss to No. 20 Oklahoma State at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.
The loss was the first this season for the Aggies who now stand at 3-1-0. The 3-0-0 was the best start ever by a USU squad. With the win, the Cowgirls improve to 3-1-0 and have allowed only one goal this season, in their season-opening loss to No. 15 Colorado. Oklahoma State was the first ranked team to come into Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field since a 4-1 loss to No. 9 Washington on Sept. 1, 2001.
"I think the biggest thing we saw today was the improvement in our defensive organization, it was much better than it has been all season. The goals that we gave up last weekend were plays that they got in behind us. However, today's goal was an unfortunate situation where our defense just couldn't close down the space on them. We gave her all the time in the world to tee up a shot and we got punished for it," USU head coach Heather Cairns said.
The one and only goal of the match was scored in the ninth minute by forward Kyndall Treadwell. The goal was the second of the season for the sophomore. Treadwell took the ball from the left side of the field and drilled it in from 13-yards out just past USU sophomore goalkeeper Molli Merrill.
"I think this was a good showing. We came in with a lot of confidence and this just shows that we can compete with a top 25 team," senior defender Sydne Garner said. "We have three more matches this season against ranked opponents, so this just gives confidence and hopefully we can get a win against a top 25 team this year."
The half would end with the Cowgirls clinging to a 1-0 advantage. OSU out-shot USU 8-5 in the first half and 12-7 for the match. The Aggies did hold the shots on goal advantage 5-3.
Six Aggies played all 90 minutes, including sophomore forward Shantel Flanary who had several scoring chances in the frenzied second half that saw USU have opportunities.
"It's exciting to play again in two days. We just have to take something from each match that you play and improve in the next one. Today we learned that even if we're down 1-0, we just have to keep working hard and we can get a goal. We may out-play them but we just don't win. I think we mostly learned that we can play with a top 25 team and there's no reason why we can't beat one," Flanary said.
In the 67th minute, freshman Jamee Dyches challenged OSU's freshman goalkeeper Adrianna Franch. Just one minute later Dyches struck again with a shot that was blocked by an OSU defender. With six minutes remaining in the match, junior defender Stefani Shiozaki drilled a corner kick to senior forward Erin Salmon. Salmon's pass sailed just over the head of junior forward Lauren Hansen and just out of reach of the outstretched foot of Dyches.
The Aggies remain at home for one match, taking on another set of Cowgirls as USU will host Wyoming on Sunday, Sept. 6. The Cowgirls defeated Utah Valley, 2-1, in Orem on Friday and improve to 3-1-0. Live stats will be available for the match against Wyoming through the women's soccer page on www.utahstateaggies.com, by clicking on GameTracker in the current events box.
Shots by period 1 2 Total No. 20 Oklahoma St. 8 4 12 Utah State 5 2 7