Nevada Soccer Tops Utah State
A three-goal outburst helped lift the Nevada soccer team past Utah State, 3-1, Friday night at Mackay Stadium to earn its first Mountain West win of the season.
In one night, the Wolf Pack (4-7-2, 1-3-1 MW) matched both its win total and goal total from the 2014 season, with six games still to be played. Nevada bounced back from a scoreless weekend last week by way of matching a season-high in goals scored.
It was senior Lindsey Salcido who put the Pack on the board first, opening the scoring in the 15th minute. Salcido lined up to take a free kick from the edge of the pitch and booted the ball from about 25 yards out. Freshman Hannah Miller provided the screen in front of the Aggies (7-6-1, 2-3-0 MW) goalkeeper to allow the ball to skip into the back of the net. The goal is Salcido’s fourth of the season and allowed Nevada to jump out to a lead.
The home team got one more score before the end of the opening half off the foot of freshman Rylee Peterson. From about the 20 yard line, the rookie displayed some fancy footwork and dribbled the ball up field through USU defenders, placing her shot into the upper right corner of the net. Peterson’s first collegiate goal gave the Pack a two-goal lead at the break.
Shortly into the start of the second half, Nevada secured one more insurance goal in the 54th minute. Off a corner kick taken by Salcido, Miller eyed the ball and headed in her third goal of the season, giving the Wolf Pack a 3-0 advantage. Salcido is enjoying a career season, now with a team-best 11 points on the year. Prior to the start of the season, she totaled three points in three seasons.
Utah State would not be held off of the scoreboard however, finding the back of the net with just under 30 minutes to play. USU’s Jayne Robinson notched her fourth goal of the year on a breakaway chance, cutting the lead to 3-1.
The Nevada back line and goalkeeper Kelsey Quintos held strong and did not allow another goal after that. Quintos stopped a total of five shots in the game. The Aggies managed a slight advantage in the final shot total, 12-11.
Nevada remains at home to host another Mountain West foe in Boise State this Sunday at 1 p.m.