Utah State Soccer Ends Regular Season With a 1-1 Double Overtime Tie Against Boise State on Senior Day
Nov. 1, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - On a day honoring Utah State's five seniors, it was the young guns that helped the Aggie soccer team battle to a 1-1 double overtime tie with Boise State Friday at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. It was USU's final regular-season match of the season.
With the tie, Utah State ends the regular-season with a 9-6-4 overall and 5-3-2 in the Mountain West, while Boise State is 11-6-4 overall and 6-3-1 in league standings. USU has 17 points, while BSU has 19 earning a first-round bye in the MW tournament. The tournament begins Monday, Nov. 4 in Albuquerque, N.M.
USU is now 0-2-4 in extra time this season with four of those matches coming at home.
"We played much better in the second half than we did in the first half," USU head coach Heather Cairns said. "We failed to generate shots. In the second half, we had the run of play, but the shot count was 8-3 them. We have to find a way to generate some more scoring opportunities and make their keeper make some saves. There backline did a really nice job of just not just not letting us get any shots off today."
The Aggies started aggressive, earning two corner kicks in the first seven minutes. In the ninth minute, freshman midfielder Jayne Robison earned Utah State's first shot of the day that sailed just high. Flynn folllowed in the 16th minute with a blast that was saved by BSU netminder Maddy McDevitt.
Despite the strong Utah State start, it was Boise State that found the back of the net first. In the 21st minute, Kayla Tucker fired off a shot from inside that redshirt-freshman Natalie Stoven stopped with a diving save. The save got away from Stoven and Tucker delivered the rebound to the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
It looked as if the Broncos would enter halftime with a 1-0 lead before sophomore defender helped brighten senior day. Henrie scored her first collegiate goal from deep in the 44th minute to tie the score. Off the Utah State free kick, the ball went off a Bronco defender before Henrie took charge, tying the score right before halftime.
In the second half, both teams had chances, but the backlines of both teams tightened up. Stoven and the Aggie defense faced eight shots in the second, but held strong. Miyashiro tried to be the senior hero with a shot with under a minute remaining regulation, but McDevitt was able to make the save, sending USU into overtime for the fifth time this season.
Both overtime periods provided much of the same as Stoven made two saves in the second overtime period. The Broncos out-shot the Aggies 4-1 in overtime and 19-7 for the match.
Live stats and streaming for the MW Tournament will be available at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Mountain West Tournament information can also be found at MW Soccer Tournament Central at http://www.themwc.com/#!/page/championship_w-soccer. The bracket will be announced later Friday night.
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