Second-Half Surge Sends Aggie Soccer Over San José State, 2-0, Sunday
Oct. 13, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Two second-half goals propelled the Utah State soccer team to a crucial, 2-0, road win against San José State Sunday at Spartan Stadium.
USU got back on track after falling in a tough, 1-0, battle with Fresno State on Friday. USU is now 7-5-2 overall and 3-2-0 in Mountain West play. San José State has a 2-12-0 overall mark and a 1-5-0 MW record. The Aggies improve to 6-2-2 against SJSU with the only losses coming in San Jose in 2005 and 2010. The last time the team's met was in 2012 when USU edged out SJSU, 1-0, at home.
"We really felt like things were really starting to click, and to score two goals in the run of play was a fantastic accomplishment. It wasn't an option to not come home with three points. We challenged the girls to play like our season was on the line today, and they really stepped up and did that and earned the three points," said USU head coach Heather Cairns.
Redshirt-freshman Natalie Stoven made her first career start in goal for the Aggies against the Spartans. Stoven made her first collegiate save in the 33rd minute off a shot from San José State's Cheryl Kute. Utah State now has six shutouts this season.
The half would end with the score tied, 0-0. San José State out-shot Utah State, 4-2, with both teams having one shot on goal.
It wouldn't take long for the Aggie offense to kick it into high gear in the second half. Just over a minute into the half, junior midfielder Lexie Morgan fired a shot that went just wide. Senior defender Taryn Rose followed with a shot from the top of the box that was saved by SJSU keeper Zoe Makgriannis.
Junior midfielder Kylie Dibb gave the Aggies the early second half advantage with her third goal of the season in the 55th minute. Senior forward Lauren Roundy dribbled in from the sideline for 10 yards before delivering the ball to Dibb for the Aggies' first goal of the day.
Utah State added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute. Freshman midfielder Jayne Robison dribbled the ball down the left side of the field, beating the San José State defenders. Robison found the foot of senior forward Jennifer Flynn who deposited the ball in the back of the net from five yards out. The goal was her team-leading fourth of the season. Robison takes the team lead in assists with her third of the season.
For the match, San José State out-shot Utah State, 8-7, but the Aggies had five shots on goal to only two for the Spartans. USU had seven shots from seven different people.
The Aggies conclude their season-long three-match road trip against Mountain West newcomer Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo. on Friday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.
Live stats 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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