Flanary’s golden goal leads USU soccer over Utah at Rio Tinto Stadium

SANDY, Utah – Sophomore forward Shantel Flanary’s goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime, lifted the Utah State women’s soccer team to a dramatic, 2-1, win over Utah at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday.At the 98:46 mark of the first overtime, Flanary took the ball from the right side of the field, trying to at least get a corner kick out of the play. Flanary’s ball bent past Utah goalkeeper Emalee Rogers, who was positioned at the near end of the goal, deflected off the foot of a Ute defender and landed in the goal. Flanary is now first on the team with five goals and two assists for 12 points. She is first on the team with two game-winning goals.”Just playing in this stadium alone was unbelievable,” Flanary said. “This is probably the only time that I will play here in my career. Getting a win on it makes it even better. Getting a win against Utah, you can’t ask for a better win.”This was the first match that the Aggies have played in a professional stadium. Rio Tinto is the home of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake.A program-high crowd of 2,070 people saw Utah State win its first match against the Utes since 1997. In that match, USU captured another overtime win, 1-0, in Logan. With the win, the Aggies improve to 2-10 against Utah. USU had lost nine-straight matches to Utah. With the win the Aggies improve to 5-4-1, while the Utes fall to 5-5-1.”Rio Tinto did a fantastic job of hosting us,” USU head coach Heather Cairns said. “This is something that the girls will remember for the rest of their lives for two reasons, playing in such a quality venue and of course the win. We are going to enjoy the night, and thank the fans.”The Aggies took the lead in the 54th minute when junior Stefani Shiozaki took a header off a deep pass from senior Sydne Garner. The goal was Shiozaki’s third of the season after only having one point her first two seasons. Shiozaki is now third on the team in points with eight off of three goals and two assists.”I was ecstatic; there were so many emotions that I was feeling after the win,” Shiozaki said. “Our energy was so high, but we came out so calm and composed. We are known as a defending team that can’t attack. We proved them wrong today.”Less than four minutes later, the Utes struck back to tie the at 1-1. Freshman Zoe Van Gorder scored her second goal of the season off the corner kick from sophomore Chelsea Forbes.Following the match with the Utes, the Aggies take on another instate rival, facing No. 18 BYU on Saturday, Sept. 26. The start time of Utah State’s match with BYU has been changed from a 7 p.m. kickoff to an 8 p.m., due to BYU’s home football game against Colorado State starting at 4 p.m. Live stats will be available for the match against BYU through the women’s soccer page on www.utahstateaggies.com, by clicking on GameTracker in the current events box.

<strong>Shots by period 1 2 OT Total</strong>

Utah 4 3 2 9Utah State 3 4 2 9

<strong>Corner kicks 1 2 OT Total</strong>

Utah 3 2 1 6Utah State 1 2 1 4

<strong>Saves by period 1 2 OT Total</strong>

Utah 0 2 0 2Utah State 0 2 1 3

<strong>Fouls 1 2 OT Total</strong>

Utah 6 3 0 9Utah State 4 6 1 11

<strong>SCORING SUMMARY</strong>

<strong>Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description</strong>

1. 53:03 USU Shiozaki, Stefani (3) Garner, Sydne header from the lft side from 162. 56:42 UT VAN GORDER, Zoe (2) FORBES, Chelsea off the corner kick3. 98:46 USU Flanary, Shantel (5) (unassisted) from rt corner bent past GK

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