Short-Handed Aggie Soccer Falls to San Diego State, 2-0, Sunday
Oct. 27, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State soccer concluded its busiest week of the season with a tough, 2-0, loss to San Diego State on Sunday at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. The short-handed Aggies were playing without starters, senior forward Jennifer Flynn and junior forward Lauren Roundy.
With the win, San Diego State captured its second-straight Mountain West Conference regular-season crown. Utah State has earned a spot in the eight-team tournament after its tie against New Mexico on Friday.
The Aggies had their four-match unbeaten streak halted with the loss, falling to 9-6-3 overall and 5-3-1 in the MW. The Aztecs improve to 10-6-2 overall and 8-1-0 in league play.
"San Diego State was the better team today, but I like our chances if and when we play them again in the tournament if that happens," USU head coach Heather Cairns said. "The shot count was definitely lopsided, but we did create some good opportunities. Mari (Miyashiro) had some nice shots in the beginning, and we had that PK that would have tied it up. Any of those change the momentum a little bit, and I think we were definitely a victim of that as the game went on. I thought we still fought, but it's hard to fight when you're down 2-0."
The physical match began with an onslaught of fouls from both teams. Utah State had the first scoring chance when senior forward Mari Miyashiro headed the ball just wide in the fifth minute.
SDSU's Haley Palmer began her stellar day with her first goal of the season in the 18th minute. Palmer dribbled past the Aggie defense and knocked in a shot from 22 yards out to the top left corner of the goal.
In the 22nd minute, Miyashiro was brought down inside the box leading to a USU penalty kick. Junior defender Taryn Rose knocked the PK just wide to keep the Aztecs up, 1-0.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Natalie Stoven was challenged several times in the first half, facing three San Diego State shots in three minutes. Stoven faced another shot from Palmer in the 30th minute. Right before the half ended, Victoria Barba tried to increase the SDSU lead with a shot that was brought in by Stoven.
Freshman midfielder Jessica Brooksby started the second half strong for the Aggies with a shot that forced SDSU net-minder Melanie Vaughan to make her only save of the day.
After an Aggie foul in the 54th minute, Palmer earned her second goal of the day. She drilled a 18- yard shot off the set piece to give San Diego State the 2-0 advantage.
USU was never able to find a consistent rhythm as the Aztecs went on to hold onto the 2-0 lead. For the match, SDSU out-shot USU, 21-6. Despite the allowing her first two goals of the season, Stoven did have a season-high 12 saves.
The Aggies will close out the regular-season against a familiar foe in Boise State on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. at Chuck and Gloria Bell Field. The Broncos and the Aggies have met 14 times as they both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Utah State holds a 9-3-2 record against Boise State.
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