Efficient Aggies Battle Snow, Rams For 3-0 Victory Friday
Oct. 18, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Neither a change of venue nor snow on the ground, could stop the Utah State soccer team from earning a 3-0 win over Colorado State Friday. The efficient Aggies netted three goals on only four shots on goal.
Because of snowfall overnight in Fort Collins, the match was moved from the FCSC Soccer Complex to the CSU practice field.
"The Colorado State administration and facilities people did a fantastic job of making the field playable," USU head coach Heather Cairns said. "They plowed it, and it wasn't too wet underneath. They did a really good job of letting us get the game in today."
Underclassmen led the way for the Aggies as all three goals were scored by either a freshman or a sophomore. Utah State captured the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and the Rams. With the win USU improves to 8-5-2 overall and 4-2-0 in Mountain West Conference action. In their inaugural season, the Rams are 2-10-2 overall and 1-6-0 in league play.
"It was fantastic to see so many different people lead to the success in our attack. It was really key to our attack. If we continue to be diverse, that is really hard for other teams to defend. I'm definitely happy to see a lot of people take responsibility in the attack," Cairns said.
The Aggies wasted no time, getting on the board in the 24th minute. Freshman midfielder/forward Jessica Brooksby gave Utah State the early lead with her second goal of the season. It was a Cache Valley connection as senior defender Jessica Hoskin-Killpack from Providence got the ball to the Smithfield native.
In the 39th minute, sophomore midfielder Maris Hamblin netted her first goal of the season with a blast from outside the box to put USU up, 2-0. The points were the first of the season for Hamblin. Freshman midfielder Jayne Robison got Hamblin the ball for her team-leading fourth assist of the season.
In the first half, Utah State was very efficient, scoring two goals on only four shots.
Robison was at it again in the 69th minute, adding a goal to go along with her assist to give the Aggies the 3-0 advantage. Robison now has two goals and four assists this season for eight points, which places her second on the team in points scored behind senior forward Jennifer Flynn. Robison nailed a shot from the top of the box off the pass by junior midfielder Lexie Morgan, for her third assist of the season.
In the match, Utah State out-shot Colorado State, 7-5. It was only the fourth time this season that the Aggies have out-shot their opponents and are 3-1-0 in those matches. Redshirt-freshman Natalie Stoven had her second shutout in as many starts for USU's seventh of the season.
USU will now rest up for a busy week at home. The Aggies begin action on Tuesday, Oct. 22 against Air Force at 3 p.m. in a re-scheduled match that was set to be played on Oct. 4. Utah State concludes the week with home matches against New Mexico on Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. and San Diego State on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.
Live stats for USU's home matches will be available through the "GameTracker" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official website of USU Athletics. Streaming is also available on the USU website by clicking on the "Watch Live" link.
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