The Nevada soccer team thwarted a flurry of shots from Sacramento State in the final five minutes of Friday night’s match to earn a 1-0 victory from Mackay Stadium.
A goal from senior Lindsey Salcido very early in the match proved to be enough for the Wolf Pack to hang on and earn its second win of the season. Salcido’s difference maker came in the second minute of play when she headed in a ball off a corner kick taken by freshman Hannah Wuensche. The assist is the first collegiate point and assist for Wuensche.
From there, the majority of the first half was played either in the midfield or in the Hornets’ (2-6) end. The Pack dominated in corner kick opportunities in the opening half, 5-1.
It was a defensive bout for most of the second half as neither team registered a shot attempt until Nevada defender Mei-Li Madamba took a shot at the net in the 64th minute. A few minutes later, the Pack had one of its better scoring chances to take a two-goal lead when junior Katherine Davison pushed a shot attempt just wide of the net off a corner kick.
Sacramento State recorded all six of its second half shots in the final 16 minutes of the contest. In those final 16 minutes, the Hornets let loose on their offensive attack. Perhaps the most dramatic moment of the match came with just under 15 remaining on the clock. Nevada goalkeeper Kelsey Quintos exited the box for a clear attempt, but beating her to the ball was Sac State’s Maggie Pleis. Pleis struck the ball towards the net and it would have gone in if not for a streaking Bryanna Wiehe, who cleared the ball out of danger just before it crossed the goal line.
Quintos made five total saves down the stretch, and coupled with Wiehe’s team save, the Pack was able to keep the Hornets off the scoreboard and preserve the win and the shutout. Friday night’s game is the first in which Nevada did not play in overtime since its second game of the season on Aug. 28.
Nevada remains at home to square off against Hawaii this Sunday at 1 p.m.