Women's soccer scoring goals
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:10
Last season was a year of firsts for the Utah State women’s soccer team. The Aggies won the WAC Tournament Championship for the first time and received its first ever berth into the NCAA Tournament.
USU defeated Fresno State 1-0 in a hard fought championship match. The hero of the game came from an unlikely source — Jade Tarver, just a freshman at the time, scored the game winning goal for the Aggies in the 83rd minute.
“That was definitely the highlight of that year for sure,” Tarver said. “I’m striving to do it again and to get that same feeling. I know the game wasn’t over but I scored that goal and just started jumping for joy. It was one of the greatest goals of my life.”
Along with scoring the crucial goal in the final, Tarver was named to the WAC All-Tournament team. Tarver also scored her first goal at USU on Oct. 28 against San Jose State.
Now a sophomore, Tarver is looking to help her Aggies win another berth in the NCAA Tournament and secure the WAC title for the last time before Utah State moves to the Mountain West Conference.
“Now that I’m older, I do know what I’m coming into and what is going to happen,” Tarver said. “Freshman year is the scariest year because you come in not knowing anything and it’s so new to you. There are seniors and all this stuff.”
Tarver is filling the void left by Shantel Flanary at the front of the Utah State attack. Flanary, who graduated last year, finished her USU career with 24 goals scored including nine goals last season and 10 goals in 2009. She also had numerous awards and honors as an Aggie, including WAC Offensive Player of the Year.
“I think Jade can have a huge impact on the team more so than she already has,” Flanary said. “She can score goals and make plays. She can have a strong forward presence up top that makes teams have to respect her. She can help the team tremendously even if she isn’t scoring.”