Aggie soccer drops WAC opener to Nevada, 1-0

Utah State soccer’s scoring drought continued, dropping its Western Athletic Conference opener, 1-0, to Nevada in Reno on Sunday. In the Aggies’ fifth Western Athletic Conference opener, Utah State was not able to find the back of the net. “We couldn’t get the ball to drop today,” USU head coach Heather Cairns said. “We hit the post twice, Lauren Hansen in the first half and Heather Pond in the second. We were so much more dangerous today. Our forwards were quite good today. Of course you would love to get on the board, but we were far better than we were against Idaho State.” This is the first time since 2007 that the Aggies have lost three in a row. It is also the first time that USU has been shut out in three-straight matches since September of 2006. The Aggies are now 4-1 in WAC openers, including 2-1 on the road. USU is now 5-7-1 overall, 0-1 in the WAC, while Nevada improves to 4-8, 1-0 in the WAC. Nevada found the goal on one of its three first-half shots. Natalie Ratnavira scored her first goal of the season in the 36th minute. She beat USU goalkeeper Molli Merrill and scored inside the far post, giving the Wolf Pack the 1-0 lead. The one goal difference would stand as the teams headed to the locker rooms at half time. Junior forward Lauren Hansen hit the cross bar in the 25th minute to put pressure on Nevada goalkeeper Marie Cove to end the first half. Hansen added two more shots on goal to end the first half. In the first stanza, the Aggies out-shot the Wolf Pack 7-3, while Nevada led, 3-2, in corner kicks. The Aggies came out swinging in the second half with the first seven shots of the period, finishing the match with a 14-4 advantage in shots. Junior Heather Pond hit the cross bar in the 53rd minute as the Aggies continued to put pressure on the Wolf Pack. Dana Moreno replaced Marie Cove in goal for Nevada in the second half, facing seven second-half shots. USU had one more great chance when freshman Rachel Feuz delivered a cross to sophomore Shantel Flanary that went just wide of the frame. Utah State remains on the road next week to take on two WAC opponents from the Gem state, taking on Boise State on Friday, Oct. 9 and Idaho on Sunday, Oct. 11. Live stats will be available for the match against Boise State through the women’s soccer page on www.utahstateaggies.com, by clicking on GameTracker in the current events box. Shots by period 1 2 Total Utah State 7 7 14 Nevada 3 1 4 Corner kicks 1 2 Total Utah State 2 1 3 Nevada 3 3 6 Saves by period 1 2 Total Utah State 1 0 1 Nevada 3 2 5 Fouls 1 2 Total Utah State 10 6 16 Nevada 6 6 12 SCORING SUMMARY Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists 1. 36:00 NEV Ratnavira, Natalie (unassisted)

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