Oct. 6, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - A goal in the 52nd minute by senior forward Jennifer Flynn fueled Utah State soccer's 1-0 win over Wyoming Sunday afternoon at a sun-bathed Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.
The win was the Aggies' second in a row, improving to 6-4-2 overall and 2-1 in Mountain West Conference action. Wyoming suffered its second-straight loss and the seventh time in the last eight matches in falling to 4-8-1 overall and 1-2 in MW play. Sunday's win evens the series between the Aggies and Cowgirls at 3-3-2, breaking through from a pair of ties in the previous two meetings. In the eight overall meetings between USU and UW, there have been four one-goal match-ups and two ties.
"I thought it was a really good battle today. It was a tight contest, and we just battled through it. I thought we got stronger as the match went on, and I was happy with the way we progressed in the match. I'm very happy with the win," USU head coach Heather Cairns said.
The win was generated by the lone goal of the day off of a beautiful play by the Aggies, with junior midfielder Lexie Morgan playing a long pass through the Wyoming defense to Flynn, who dribbled around and through the last of the Cowgirls' defense and past goalkeeper Alex Boehm and firing from 14-yards out and depositing the ball inside the left post and into the net.
"That was a fantastic goal in a couple ways because Jenn took off on a really hard dribble, and she had a good shot, and Lauren Roundy made a really good run, which occupied some of the other defenders. The ball that was played through was a really nice through-ball by Morgan, so it was just fantastic all the way around, and we're really happy with that," Cairns said.
Flynn's goal was her third of the season, tying teammate junior defender Taryn Rose for the team lead, while Flynn now tops the team with seven points. Morgan tallied her second assist of the season, and now has four points, tying for third on the team.
"It was a good win, we always like having home matches and the crowd was great like they usually are. We were pumped up to get this win. We came out and started both halves good, which is what we've been working on focusing on finishing strong, and I thought we did that today," Flynn said. "Mentally, I thought that goal got the whole team fired up which made it easier for us to play on the attack instead of defending the whole time."
Sophomore goalkeeper Jeannie Woller made four saves on the afternoon in posting her fifth clean sheet of the season. It was the Aggie defense's first shutout in its last five matches, last hanging a zero under the opposition's name on the scoreboard on Sept. 15 in a scoreless draw at Cal State Fullerton. The USU defense set a school record after posting clean sheets in the first four matches of the year.
"We've been working really hard at practice lately and I think this past week we really made some improvements and it really showed on the field today," junior defender Brooke Larsen-Leavitt said. "We all ran off the ball a little bit more in the second half and were more active on offense instead of being as stagnant as we were in the first half."
Wyoming had a 7-1 advantage in shots in the first half, but none of them were on goal, while the Aggies' lone shot of the first 45 minutes was saved by Boehm. USU ramped up its attack in the second half, out-shooting Wyoming, 9-3, as the match ended with shots level at 10-10. Boehm finished the match with three saves, including a spectacular save in the 65th minute off a shot by Flynn to the upper right corner.
Woller had an amazing save of her own, denying Wyoming's Sara Paul with a save in the 76th minute to preserve the Aggies' advantage.
Utah State now hits the road for a pair of match in the Golden State. The Aggies take on Fresno State on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. (MT) before facing San Jose State on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. (MT).
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