Friday Proves To Be Unlucky As Aggie Soccer Drops First Match Of The Season To No. 25 Arkansas In Overtime
Sept. 13, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Over 1,000 fans braved the rain showers on Youth Soccer Day to watch Utah State soccer fall in an overtime battle against No. 25 Arkansas Friday, 3-2, on a rain-soaked Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.
Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for the Aggies, dropping their first match of the season, as USU now holds a 4-1-1 record. Arkansas remains perfect with a 7-0-0 record this season.
"I think I was disappointed because they scored three goals the same way. I said that we were going to have to play a complete game," USU head coach Heather Cairns said. "We scored some goals, so we were alright there. Defensively, we definitely let down. I told them going into overtime that they have us figured out and we have them figured out, so its whoever wants it more. They wanted it more than we did."
Just 41 seconds into overtime, Rachel Riggs gave Arkansas the golden goal off a pass from Ashleigh Ellenwood to seal the Razorback win. The goal was the second of the match for Riggs, as well as the second assist for Ellenwood.
Utah State struck first in the 36th minute when senior forward Mari Miyashiro delivered her first goal of the season. The chip shot from 10-yards out came off of passes from senior forward Jennifer Flynn and junior forward Ambryn McCallson.
The half ended with the Aggies holding a 1-0 lead. The Razorbacks out-shot Utah State, 7-5, in the first 45 minutes. Both goalkeepers made two saves in the first half.
Arkansas responded in the 50th minute when Evan Palmer scored her second goal of the season off a pass from Yvonne Desjarlais. The Palmer goal tied the scored, 1-1.
The Aggies re-took the lead, 2-1, in the 56th minute with senior defender Taryn Rose's team-leading third goal of the season. She launched a 20-yard firecracker off of a deflection.
Riggs went on to score the remaining two goals of the match to guide the Razorbacks to the 3-2 win.
The Razorbacks were the first ranked team that USU has faced this season. The Aggies now fall to 0-3-0 against the Southeastern Conference with losses to Kentucky and Auburn.
USU now hits the road, facing Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. (MT). The Aggies then play a pair of in-state foes, playing at Utah on Friday, Sept. 20, before hosting Weber State on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Live stats for the match will also be available through the "GameTracker" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU Athletics.
Admission to all home USU soccer matches at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field is free.
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