USU soccer captures third-straight win with 1-0 victory over Fresno State Friday

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State soccer won its third-straight Western Athletic Conference match with a 1-0 victory over Fresno State on Friday at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.The Aggies used solid defense and timely scoring to beat Fresno State for the second time in its last three chances. Utah State improved to 2-4-2 against the Bulldogs, including winning the last two meetings in Logan. With the win, Utah State is now 8-7-1 overall and 3-1 in WAC action, while Fresno State is 4-10, 2-2 in WAC play.The last time the two teams met was in the WAC Tournament championship match when the Bulldogs defeated the Aggies, 2-1, in double overtime.”Fresno State is always a big match, especially after coming off of last year,” USU sophomore midfielder Chandra Salmon said. “It has always been a defensive battle. Their goalkeeper, Kaitlyn Revel, was all-WAC last season. We knew that it would be a defensive battle, and I personally wanted to step it up this match and add some extra defensive pressure.”The win was the third shutout of the season for sophomore goalkeeper Molli Merrill. It was also the second shutout in the Aggies last three matches, including a 1-0 road win over Boise State on Oct. 9.In the first half, both defenses were stingy with the Aggies taking five first-half shots and the Bulldogs taking four. Both Merrill and Revel had two saves in the first half of action. Sophomores Allie Maduell and Shantel Flanary challenged Revel early in the half with the first two shots on goal for USU.The half would close with both teams unable to capitalize on its early opportunities.In the second half, Utah State was able to convert a scoring chance in the 69th minute when junior forward Lauren Hansen took a pass from Shantel Flanary from about 25 yards out. Hansen took the ball, dribbled her way past the Bulldog defenders and beat Revel one-on-one to give Hansen her fifth goal of the season and her first since Sept. 20. The assist was Flanary’s team-leading third of the season. She leads the team with 15 points, while Hansen is second with 12.”It feels good to win at home. We have been talking about protecting our home field, and we did that today and that makes us really proud,” Hansen said. “We just kept fighting. Those are the goals that we usually score, the ones that you have to fight for.”The Aggies had several chances to extend their lead in the second half, but were held to the lone goal. The USU defense was able to keep the Bulldogs at bay and preserve the 1-0 win.”The girls came out with a ton of energy, maybe more so than the other home matches,” USU head coach Heather Cairns said. “The last couple matches, Lauren (Hansen) has been playing really good soccer. There is nothing like scoring a goal to get your confidence. I thought she did a good job, and it was a good boost for us.”Utah State concludes the homestand against San Jose State on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.Live stats will be available for the match against San Jose State through the women’s soccer page on www.utahstateaggies.com, by clicking on GameTracker in the current events box.Shots by period 1 2 TotalFresno State 4 3 7Utah State 5 7 12Corner kicks 1 2 TotalFresno State 3 1 4Utah State 4 0 4Saves by period 1 2 TotalFresno State 2 3 5Utah State 2 2 4Fouls 1 2 TotalFresno State 4 3 7Utah State 4 5 9SCORING SUMMARYGoal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description1. 68:10 USU Hansen, Lauren (5) Flanary, Shantel beat the def. from 12 yards -USU-

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