Soccer Upended By Late UC Riverside Goal
Oct. 24, 2004
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Utah State soccer scored its second most goals on the road this season, but a pregame injury to starting keeper Megan Mills put the Aggies in a hole they were unable to climb out of as they fell 3-2 to UC Riverside here Sunday afternoon. The Aggies are now 1-9-1 on the road this season.
Sunday's loss dropped the Aggies to 6-9-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Big West, while Riverside improved to 12-2-3 and 2-2-3.
Sunday's match was a tale of two very different halves as neither team scored in the first half and then combined for five second half goals. In the first half, the Highlanders out shot the Aggies 7-0 but could not capitalize on their chances. True freshman goalkeeper Kelli Allred, filling in for the injured Mills, kept the Aggies in the game with three big saves in the opening period.
After not attempting a shot in the opening 45 minutes, the Aggies scored on their first shot of the second half. At 46:40, Nicole Gooch sent a free kick into the area where Chanel Blaquiere took advantage of a loose ball to give Utah State the 1-0 lead. It was Blaquiere's second goal of the season and Gooch's first assist in 2004.
Riverside hit back five minutes later through junior midfielder Angela Reling. Senior midfielder Kelly Hurley started the move, sending a pass out wide to Vanessa Chanez . Chanez's cross from the left found Reling at the back post to help UCR pull even.
The Highlanders then took the lead at 65:55. On a free kick from 30 yards out, senior defender Kristi Tanaka's shot rebounded off Allred and directly to Renee Scachetti. Scachetti tapped it in to give UCR a 2-1 advantage.
Utah State would not lie down, however, and struck again with eleven minutes left. Michelle Haws carried the ball for 20 yards before crossing into the box, where Abby Hunt headed the equalizer. The goal was Hunt's first as an Aggie, while Haws garnered her second assist of the season.
With both teams looking for a third goal, a bizarre sequence of events set up Leonti's dramatic game-winner. Scachetti and Allred collided in the penalty area on a cross and play was stopped to tend to both players. The game was restarted with a drop-ball in the middle of the field and UCR sophomore Kelly Ferguson came away with it. Her run down the left opened up space in the middle and she laid a pass back to an onrushing Leonti, whose left-footed finish found the back of the net.
The Aggies are still in the hunt for a Big West Tournament berth as they return to Logan for their final two games of the 2004 season. They face Cal Poly on Friday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. and UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Noon.
UC RIVERSIDE 3, UTAH STATE 2 UCR 0 3 - 3 USU 0 2 - 2