From University of Nevada, Reno
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nevada women’s soccer began its trip to Colorado with a 1-0 victory over Colorado College on Friday afternoon. The win increased the Wolf Pack’s record to 5-9-0 on the season and 2-5-0 in conference play.
With the help of senior goalkeeper Kelsey Quintos saving four goals in the first 17 minutes of play, Nevada made it known early on that defense would be a point of emphasis. She continued to be tested throughout the opening half, saving a total of six shots, as the team held the Tigers (7-8-0, 3-4-0) scoreless in the first 45 minutes.
At halftime, the home team held the advantage in shots, 8-2, and shots on goal, 6-1.
Coming out of the locker room, the Pack showed its aggression, which remained constant throughout the second half and it paid dividends early on. Within the first 30 seconds of the period, the Tigers were given a yellow card inside the penalty box and junior midfielder Maria Sanchez capitalized on the opportunity.
She recorded the first goal of the game off of the penalty kick and gave Nevada the 1-0 lead. The goal marked Sanchez’s second score of the season, as she finished the game with a team-high three shots.
After the goal, the Pack continued to apply pressure on the Tigers, as it controlled the pace for much of the second half and kept possession on their side of the field. In the first seven minutes of the second period, Nevada out-shot Colorado College 3-0.
In the final stretch of the match, Quintos made her eighth and final save of the night to preserve the 1-0 victory and improve her record to 5-9-0 on the season. Nevada will continue its pair of weekend road games in Colorado, as the Wolf Pack plays the U.S. Air Force on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT.