Oct. 11, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - Despite a strong defensive effort, Utah State soccer dropped a hard-fought battle with Fresno State, 1-0, in overtime in Fresno on Friday night.
With the loss, USU falls to 6-5-2 and 2-2-0 in Mountain West action, while Fresno State improves to 6-7-1 overall and 3-2-0 in league play. The Aggies fall to 1-2-1 in overtime matches this season.
In the 94th minute of the match, Shonice Myers scored the golden goal for the Bulldogs with a header off of a thrown in by Ariana Holmes.
"We played a really well-rounded game that went back and forth," USU head coach Heather Cairns said. "We had some great opportunities at the end of regulation that we didn't put away, and they seized their opportunity. It was a really good match with two evenly-matched teams, and they did a little more in order to win."
Senior forward Lauren Roundy had the first shot of match in the 11th minute that sailed wide. In the 26th minute, the Aggie attack increased with shots by both junior midfielder Lexie Morgan and senior forward Jennifer Flynn.
Lauren Lindstrom had the first shot on goal for the Bulldogs in the 33rd minute. Utah State sophomore goalkeeper Jeannie Woller was able to stop the shot keep the scored tied at 0-0. The Bulldogs were able to gain some momentum at the end of the first half with three shots on goal.
Fresno State came out aggressive in the second half, taking the first three shots of the period before a Morgan shot in the 61st minute sailed wide. In the 66th minute, senior forward Mari Miyashiro challenged Fresno State goalkeeper Katie DeVault, but the Bulldog keeper was up to the challenge making the save.
With less than four minutes left in regulation, Roundy had one of USU's best chances when she hit the cross bar with a shot. The Aggies kept the pressure on in the final minutes of regulation, including a shot on goal by Flynn with less than a minute remaining.
For the match, Fresno State out-shot Utah State, 17-10, including 2-0 in overtime. Woller ended the match with seven saves, compared to four by DeVault.
Utah State remains on the road and in the Golden State to take on San Jose State on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. (MT). Earlier on Friday, the Spartans fell to Boise State, 3-0, in San Jose. With the loss, SJSU falls to 2-11-0 overall and 1-4-0 in MW action.
Live stats for Sunday's match will be available through the "GameTracker" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official website of USU Athletics. Streaming will also be available by clicking on the "Watch Live" link on the Utah State website.
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