Lady Aggies step into first place with shutout
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:10
The Utah State women’s soccer team welcomed first place Texas State to Check and Gloria Bell Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon, where the Aggies defeated the Bobcats in convincing fashion, 4-0.
“We knew coming into this weekend that it was a home weekend and that it was very important for us to go out with an attacking mentality,” said USU head coach Heather Cairns. “We have been working on it for the past couple of weeks and hadn’t quite seen it come to fruition as much as we would have liked. We really felt like it really started coming together today. We are very excited that we scored multiple goals, but also really proud of the fact we are still earning shutouts.”
Texas State came into the game with sole possession of the WAC lead. With the win, USU has taken control of first place with a record of 2-0-2 in conference play and 7-2-6 overall.
It didn’t take long for the Aggies to score and take control of the game. Sophomore striker Lexi Morgan cleaned up a loose ball in the Bobcats 18-yard box by putting it in the back of the net just eight minutes into the match. It was Morgan’s first goal of the season.
“I think we played awesome today,” Morgan said. “We are all so excited to get this win and we are just really confident right now. It’s good for all of us to step up and we had a lot of girls come on the field and play really well today. It was a great game and a great weekend for us.”
Just three minutes later, freshman Maris Hamblin, with her back toward the goal, received a pass from sophomore Lauren Roundy and took a shot on goal, but straight to the goalkeeper.
Texas State almost pulled even a few minutes later, but the shot was saved by USU’s Ashlyn Mulford before it hit the crossbar and was cleared by the Aggie defense.
Roundy scored her first career goal for USU in the 18th minute. Once again, there was miscommunication in the box between the Texas State players as Roundy doubled the score. The assist was given to junior forward Mari Miyashiro and Hamblin.