Nov. 5, 2013
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - - Neither the cold temperatures nor host fourth-seed New Mexico could stop the fifth-seeded Utah State soccer from advancing to the semifinals of the Mountain West Soccer Tournament Tuesday at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Aggies advanced on a penalty kick shootout, 4-2.
This was Utah State's first-ever match that went to penalty kicks. The two teams battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw, but neither team could find the back net, leading to the penalty shootout. USU will now take on top-seeded San Diego State on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Utah State is now 10-6-5 overall, while New Mexico ends its season with a 8-10-3 record.
In the other second round match, third-seeded Boise State shut down sixth-seeded Wyoming, 3-0. The Broncos will now face second-seeded Fresno State on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m.
"It was a fantastic match. Both teams played their hearts out and had a lot of different scoring opportunities. And you know games like that when they're that tight. It's crazy when it goes into PK shootout. I thought both teams left it all out on the field and I'm certainly happy that we were the fortunate ones to be advancing," USU head coach Heather Cairns said.
Utah State has now advanced to the semifinals of a conference tournament for eight-straight seasons.
Senior forward Jennifer Flynn started the Aggies in the right direction drilling the first PK past UNM goalkeeper Cassie Ulrich. UNM's Elba Holguin tied the PK score, 1-1 with a make. Freshman midfielder Jayne Robison missed the second, while Dylann O'Connor gave the Lobos the lead with make, 2-1. Sophomore midfielder Jamie Duke took the third for the Aggies with a make, which was her first action of the match to tie it 2-2. Redshirt-freshman Natalie Stoven then put an end to it with stops against Lindsey Guice and Alexis Leyba. Sophomore defender Sarah Lorscheider put the Aggies up 3-2, while junior forward Ambryn McCallson once again delivered to seal the win. McCallson also scored in the Aggies first round win against Nevada.
Utah State carried its aggressive play from Tuesday into the early portions of the match. The Aggies took the first four shots of the match, including a shot on goal from junior midfielder Kyle Dibb.
The evenly-matched squad played closely through the first half. USU ended the half out-shooting UNM, 5-4. Stoven made two first-half saves, while New Mexico's Ulrich had one.
New Mexico had a great opportunity in the 59th minute. After a corner kick by Brooke Ellison, Brianna Webster headed the ball inside the box with the ball sailling just wide.
Savannah Viola had a dangerous chance in the 87th minute with a shot from the left wing. Stoven once again came up big to keep the match knotted at 0-0.
For the match, New Mexico out shot Utah State, 15-12. Stoven ended the match with five saves, while UNM's Ulrich collected four saves.
Live stats for Thursday's match will be available through the "Live Stats" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official website of USU Athletics. Streaming will also be available for all tournament matches by clicking on the "Watch Live" link on the Utah State website. Fans can also head to the Mountain West's Tournament Central page at http://www.themw.com/#!/page/championship_w-soccer.
Fans can follow USU soccer at http://twitter.com/USUsoccer and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics. Fans can also follow Aggies soccer on Facebook at http://facebook.com/USUsoccer or on Instagram at http://instagram.com/USUsoccer.
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