Women's soccer claims WAC championship
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:10
The Utah State women’s soccer team clinched a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title Sunday for the third-consecutive season and for the fourth time in the last five years. The Aggies hosted and defeated Louisiana Tech 4-0 on the final day of WAC play, finishing the season with an overall record of 11-2-6 and 6-0-2 in conference play.
“To earn a share of the championship is a fantastic accomplishment, and we have some great momentum going into the conference tournament as well,” said USU head coach Heather Cairns.
Utah State will share the WAC regular-season championship with Denver, who finished the season with a 2-0 win over Seattle. Although the two teams finished atop the standings tied with 20 points, USU clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament because they defeated La. Tech while the Pioneers managed a tie. Denver will be the No. 2 seed.
It took the Aggies some time to score the first goal of the match, and they had to endure pressure from La. Tech. The Techsters were the ones who threatened to take the lead early on, but the woodwork denied freshman Brittany Beddow in the 18th minute.
Utah State finally found the breakthrough goal in the 35th minute when sophomore Jade Tarver scored from five yards out. The goal came off a free kick by USU that was cleared by La. Tech, but Flynn regained possession of the ball and assisted Tarver for the goal.
Five minutes later, Tarver found the back of the net again and doubled the USU lead. This time, Sophomore Ambryn McCallson played a cross to Tarver who had to only push the ball toward goal.
The Aggies went into halftime with momentum and a comfortable lead. USU outshot La. Tech 9-3 in the first half, including four shots on goal.
In the 51st minute, USU freshman forward Maris Hamblin put Utah State up 3-0 after she cleaned up a shot by sophomore Lexi Morgan. Morgan had the shot blocked by the upright, but Hamblin was there to put it in the back of the net.
Sophomore Libby Lundquist put the game out of reach for La. Tech with her goal in the 76th minute to put USU up 4-0.