Utah State concludes regular season with 3-0 shutout over New Mexico State

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State soccer sent its seniors out in style with an impressive, 3-0, win over New Mexico State Sunday at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. The Aggies honored seniors Lindsey Smart, Erin Salmon and Sydne Garner by scoring two goals in the first three minutes of play.With the win, Utah State clinched the second seed in the upcoming Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Boise, Idaho Nov. 5-8. The Aggies end the regular season 10-8-2 and 5-2-1 in WAC action. USU has now won at least 10 matches four-straight seasons and advanced to the WAC Tournament all five seasons it has been in the league. New Mexico State dropped to 9-8-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the league and awaits its seed in the tournament.”This was a pretty fun way to send out our seniors,” USU head coach Heather Cairns said. “It is our fourth consecutive 10-win season. With the win we took second in the league, and we get a bye in the first round. The thing that I am most proud of was that we played 90 minutes. I couldn’t have asked for our team to come out harder.”Utah State wasted no time getting on the board, scoring its fastest goal of the season. Sophomore forward Shantel Flanary headed in a goal to the far post off the pass from fellow sophomore Allie Maduell just 18 seconds into the match to give USU the early 1-0 lead. The goal was Flanary’s team-leading 10th goal of the season and ties Lauren Hansen’s 2007 mark for fifth all-time in goals in a season. She now has 10 goals and three assistsfor 23 points which is also fifth for most points in a season.Junior Heather Pond gave the Aggies a 2-0 advantage in the third minute of the match, scoring her first goal of the season. Pond took a Lauren Hansen pass and blasted in a shot from 20 yards out. Hansen now has three assists this season.”What we heard about New Mexico State was that they play a whole 90 minutes,” Pond said. “We knew that we had to come out hard. Friday we had a break in our game when we lost it. So that was one of our main goals today was to play a whole 90 minutes.”The USU defense, led by seniors Lindsey Smart and Sydne Garner, kept NMSU off the scoreboard in the first half, as USU took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.Utah State kept its tenacity entering the second period. USU added one more goal in the 57th minute when Hansen scored her sixth goal of the season. Hansen scored from 12 yards out off the pass from Pond who almost matched her total point count from last season in one match. Pond had four points last season and three Sunday.”It was a perfect senior day. It was great weather and a great match,” USU senior forward Erin Salmon said. “It was so much fun. We have been unlucky all season; we have hit the post. Everyone has had a million chances to score. It was nice to get a 3-0 lead and keep it and keep the shutout.”The Aggies now prepare for the WAC Tournament. USU and top-seeded San Jose State both receive byes in the first round. USU will begin action in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 6. The last two times that the tournament hasbeen held in Boise in 2005 and 2007, USU was the fourth seed. The only other time that USU was the second seed was in 2006 in Reno where they lost to eventual champion, Nevada, in the semifinals.Shots by period 1 2 TotalNew Mexico State 5 3 8Utah State 11 9 20Corner kicks 1 2 TotalNew Mexico State 0 0 0Utah State 1 4 5Saves by period 1 2 TotalNew Mexico State 3 2 5Utah State 2 1 3Fouls 1 2 TotalNew Mexico State 2 5 7Utah State 5 5 10

<strong>SCORING SUMMARY</strong>

Goal Time Team Goal Scorer AssistsDescription 1. 0:18 USU Flanary, Shantel (10) Maduell, Alliefrom left side header from far post2. 2:49 USU Pond, Heather (1) Hansen, Lauren scoredfrom right side 20 yards3. 56:16 USU Hansen, Lauren (6) Pond, Heather from12 yards out -USU-

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