Aggie soccer topped by Idaho State, 1-0, Thursday

LOGAN, Utah – A goal in the 22nd minute held up as the match’s only score in Utah State’s 1-0 loss to visiting Idaho State in women’s soccer action Thursday at USU’s Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. Thursday was the Aggies’ final non-conference match of the schedule, opening up Western Athletic Conference play and defense of their regular-season WAC championships on Sunday at Nevada. The loss Thursday to ISU deals USU its first two-match losing skid of the season, evening the Aggies’ record at 5-5-1, while Idaho State improves to 5-4 with the win. The result also evens the series history between USU and ISU at 5-5, and was the fourth-straight one-goal match between the Aggies and Bengals and the seventh in the last eight meetings counting exhibitions. “I’ve been happy with the way our team is progressing in not giving up goals in the run of play and in our possession,” USU head coach Heather Cairns said. “I think compared to the beginning of the year, we’re much better in those two areas. However, we’ve lost that spunk in our attack. Our attack let us down today. You can win the possession battle and not win the game, like what happened today. That’s the frustrating thing about soccer.” The Aggies were without the services of junior midfielder Stefani Shiozaki with an injury. Senior midfielder Lindsey Smart, who became the Utah State all-time leader in matches started last week at BYU, started her 75th career match on Thursday and played 22 minutes, before leaving with an injury and did not return. Utah State out-shot Idaho State, 13-10, including 9-4 in the second half, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Senior forward Erin Salmon had three shots, while three others had two shots each, one of which was sophomore forward Shantel Flanary, who leads USU in scoring with 12 points on five goals and two assists. “Shantel can’t do it all,” Cairns said. “I thought Erin Salmon was really courageous in taking some shots there in the second half, but they were all from 20-plus yards out. Besides the ball the Heather Pond played into Lauren Hansen towards the end of the match, I don’t know that we really got the ball into the box. When you get the ball in the box, those are high percentage chances and I think we failed to do that today.” ISU’s Karissa Hegane-Fisher netted the match’s and Bengals’ lone goal in the 22nd minute off a corner kick by Annamarie Hofstetter, who tied the Big Sky Conference’s all-time assists record with her 22nd career helper. Aggie sophomore goalkeeper Molli Merrill made six saves, while her ISU counterpart, Bailey Williams made six saves. The Bengals had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. “It was frustrating to give up so many corner kicks because we led the shots, 13-10, but Molli wasn’t really tested much other than the one really nice one-on-one save she had,” Cairns said. “Soccer is a three-pronged game, you have to defend, you have to posses and you have to attack, and we only did two of those things today.” Utah State now turns its attention to WAC action, kicking off at Reno, Nev. against Nevada on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. (MT). “We’re still looking at finding that complete game,” Cairns said. “We’ve got to shoot more. Our forwards didn’t have a lot of shots today, especially from in the box. We had too many shots from out of the box today. Our forwards have to be more courageous and more gutsy. They did a great job in their decisions compared to the BYU match, but we need to get them more confidence in going to the goal and creating their own shot.” Last season, the Aggies went 7-0-0 in conference play en route to their first WAC regular-season title. USU was the first team since SMU in 2001 to go undefeated in WAC action. Since joining the WAC for the 2005 season, the Aggies have a stellar record of 21-4-3. Utah State is 4-0 in WAC openers, including 2-0 on the road and Sunday’s league-lifter at Nevada will be the first time the Aggies have opened conference play against the Wolf Pack. Utah State is 2-0 against Louisiana Tech and 2-0 against Idaho to begin conference play. Last season, USU opened WAC play with a 4-0 win over Idaho in Logan. Live stats will be available for Sunday’s match at Nevada through the women’s soccer page on www.utahstateaggies.com, by clicking on “Live Stats” in the current events box. Goals by period 1 2 Total Idaho State 1 0 1 Utah State 0 0 0 Shots by period 1 2 Total Idaho State 6 4 10 Utah State 4 9 13 Corner kicks 1 2 Total Idaho State 5 1 6 Utah State 3 0 3 Saves by period 1 2 Total Idaho State 2 4 6 Utah State 3 2 5 Fouls 1 2 Total Idaho State 6 3 9 Utah State 1 3 4 SCORING SUMMARY Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description 1. 21:11 ISU KarissaHenage-Fisher (1) Annamarie Hofstetter off of CK -USU-

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