Aggie Soccer Battles to 1-1 Double Overtime Tie With Wyoming
Stefani Shiozaki scored her first collegiate goal in the Aggies 1-1 tie against Wyoming.
Stefani Shiozaki scored her first collegiate goal in the Aggies 1-1 tie against Wyoming.

Sept. 6, 2009

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LOGAN, Utah - Despite junior midfielder Stefani Shiozaki's first collegiate goal, the Utah State soccer team battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie against Wyoming Sunday at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.

Both the Aggies and the Cowgirls hold 3-1-1 records. Wyoming holds a slight series lead 3-2-1.

"I was happy with the way we started the second half," USU head coach Heather Cairns said. "I thought that we made some good half time adjustments. Can we continue to make adjustments at half time? No, none of the adjustments that we made were things that we didn't tell them in the beginning. So that was a little frustrating. But the bottom line is that we need to keep teams off the board."

The first half was a defensive battle with both teams getting off four shots. In the 32nd minute, the Cowgirls challenged sophomore goalkeeper Molli Merrill. Wyoming defender Chelsea Coddington's shot was blocked by Merrill.

The Aggie struck first in the 64th minute of the second half. Junior forward Lauren Hansen served the ball from the right side to fellow junior Stefani Shiozaki. The midfielder headed the ball past Wyoming goalkeeper Courtney Merkle. Not only was the goal Shiozaki's first collegiate goal, the assist was Hansen's first assist of the season. Hansen now has 48 career points and is one point shy of tying Amber Tracy (2000-03) for third all-time in points scored.

"We had lots of chances and shots on goal, but we only capitalized on one," Stefani Shiozaki said. "It was the first goal of my career. I have never felt so good in my life."

The Cowgirls tied the score in the 84th minute of the second half. Freshman forward Olivia Mohtadi scored a goal from 18 yards out off a ball deflected off of Merrill.

Regulation would end with both teams having second-half chances, but neither team being able to put the ball in the back of the net. In the first overtime, USU out-shot Wyoming, 3-0. The Aggies also held a 2-0 shot advantage in the second overtime, but were not able to score.

This was the first overtime match of the season for Utah State.

The Aggies now hit the road for four-straight matches. Next week, USU will take on UT San Antonio on Friday, Sept. 11 and Houston Baptist on Sunday, Sept. 13. The following week, the Aggies head to the home state of junior forward Lauren Hansen. USU takes on Washington on Friday, Sept. 18 before facing Seattle University on Sunday, Sept. 20.



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