Behind an explosive offense, No. 25 Washington stopped the Utah State women’s soccer team 2-0 Friday at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle, Wash. With the win, the Huskies improve to 5-2, while the Aggies fall to 4-3-1 with the loss. Utah State is now 0-2 against ranked teams this season after a loss in Logan to then-No. 20 Oklahoma State on Sept. 4. All three of the Aggies’ losses this season have been shut outs. “They made it really difficult to close in the space on them,” USU head coach Heather Cairns said. “We played really hard. The girls gave a lot of effort. Washington was a high caliber opponent, and I am really proud of the girls tonight. Our girls left everything that they had out on the field.” The Huskies came out strong in the first half, out-shooting the Aggies 11-0 in the first half. Washington also took nine corner kicks in the first 45 minutes of action. The Aggie defense stayed strong led by the strong play of sophomore goalkeeper Molli Merrill. In the 40th minute, the Huskies struck first when Veronica Perez scored her third goal of the season. Perez headed in the ball from inside the box off a long pass from Nikki Murray to give Washington the 1-0 advantage. At halftime, the Huskies held onto the one-goal lead. In the 56th minute, Washington doubled its lead when Kate Deines scored her second goal of the season off the assist from McKenna Waitley. The Aggies avoided another goal by the Huskies when a penalty kick by Perez was saved by Merrill in the 58th minute. The Aggies were led by senior forward Erin Salmon and junior midfielder Stefani Shiozaki who had the two shots on goal for Utah State. Camano Island, Wash., native Lauren Hansen had the Aggies third shot of the day, while sophomore midfielder Allie Maduell had the other shot for USU. Merrill played 90 minutes and recorded a career-high nine saves in goal, including the save of penalty kick. It was the first penalty kick against the Aggies this season. “Molli had an amazing match,” Cairns said. “She was very active tonight. She did a lot more than just shot stop. She was also excellent at defending corner kicks.” The Washington offense proved to be too much as the Hukies ended the match out-shooting Utah State 23-4. UW The Aggies remain in the home state of junior forward Lauren Hansen. USU continues the road trip on Sunday, Sept. 20 taking on Seattle University. Shots by period 1 2 Total Utah State 0 4 4 Washington 11 12 23 Corner kicks 1 2 Total Utah State 1 2 3 Washington 9 3 12 Saves by period 1 2 Total Utah State 2 7 9 Washington 0 2 2 Fouls 1 2 Total Utah State 2 5 7 Washington 3 4 7 SCORING SUMMARY Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description 1. 39:48 WASH Perez, Veronica (3) Murray, Nikki Header from inside the box off a long pass 2. 55:59 WASH Deines, Kate (2) Waitley, McKenna
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