A goal in the 68th minute held up and allowed Colorado College to sneak past the Nevada soccer team, 1-0, Friday night in the Mountain West opener.
The Wolf Pack (3-5-1, 0-1-0 MW) seemingly dominated in terms of possession, keeping the ball mostly down in the opponents end. For a majority of the game, Nevada produced more scoring chances than the opposition, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
In the first half, the Pack had a close call when redshirt freshman Nikki Mitsuyasu came in streaking through the Tigers (3-6-1, 1-0-0 MW) back line and rang a rising shot off the crossbar. All-in-all during the opening half Nevada collected six shots to the Tigers’ one and forced CC goalkeeper Louisa Mackenzie to make three saves.
Junior defender Brianna Bosson generated a couple of solid chances of her own in the second half, the first of which came from a header chance that sailed just high above the crossbar. Not even two minutes after that chance, Bosson took a one-time shot from a sharp angle down near the net that was halted by a diving Mackenzie.
After an additional 10 minutes had ticked away, Colorado College found an opening and struck for the game’s only goal. CC’s Sarah Schweiss broke through the Nevada defense, took a high arching pass and put her shot far post to score, what would be, the game-winner.
Despite being handed the loss on the stat sheet, Nevada goalkeeper Kelsey Quintos was not tested much tonight, needing to make just two saves. The Pack led the match in total shots by a 14-9 margin and had a slight 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Nevada continues Mountain West action this Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Air Force Falcons visit Reno and Mackay Stadium.