LOGAN, Utah – Junior forward Shantel Flanary’s pair of goals helped the Utah State soccer team earn a 2-0 shutout against Western Athletic Conference rival Idaho on Sunday at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. With the win, the Aggies take sole possession of first place in WAC play. Utah State is now the only undefeated in WAC action with a 4-0-1 mark. The Aggies are now 8-5-4 overall and are undefeated in their last six matches with a 5-0-1 record. USU also completed an unblemished four-match homestand with a 3-0-1 record. The Vandals had a six-match winning streak stopped with the loss and fall to 13-4-0 overall and 4-1-0 in conference play. The Aggie defense earned its eighth shutout of the season which is only two shy of the Utah State record 10 shutouts that the 2003 team had. The seven shutouts by junior goalkeeper Molli Merrill is tied for third with Ali Griffin (2007, 2008) for most shutouts in a season. “We knew that we were going to have to do a couple things with this game, including limit their potent attack. At half time we told our team that we felt like it was coming. We felt that we created enough possession in the attacking third that the goal was going to come, we had to just stay with it,” USU head coach Heather Cairns said. Senior forward Lauren Hansen still stands on the cusp of history. Hansen stands alone in second place in career goals scored with 34. She is one goal away from tying Jayme Gordy (1997-2000) for first place in career goals. She still has 77 career points, tying her with Gordy’s career total. The first half was fairly quiet for both teams. The Aggies ended the first 45 minutes out-shooting the Vandals, 7-5. In the waning moments of the first half, Idaho was dealt an unfortunate blow. Sophomore midfielder Cassandra San went down with a leg injury with less than a minute remaining in the half. The Utah State offense responded quickly in the second half, scoring in the 50th minute. Junior forward Shantel Flanary took a deflection and blasted a 19-yard shot to the right corner past Idaho goalkeeper Liz Boyden for her seventh goal of the season. “It was nice to bounce back after the tie against Boise State, where we though that we were unlucky not finishing anything. It is nice to come out and win today,” Flanary said Flanary was not done, giving the Aggies a 2-0 advantage in the 78th minute. She scored her eighth goal of the season unassisted with an upper 90 goal past Boyden. Flanary now has 20 points this season. This is the second-straight season that she has scored at least 20 points, scoring 23 last season. In two matches this weekend against Boise State and Idaho, the Aggies were able to shut down the two leading points scorers in conference matches, BSU’s Shannon Saxton and UI’s Chelsea Small. USU held Small to only three shots on Sunday. The Aggies ended the match out-shooting the Vandals, 15-10. USU also had a corner kick advantage, 5-4. Merrill had a slight edge in saves with six compared to four by Boyden. Idaho also had a team save to help prevent a second-half goal by the Aggies. The Aggies now hit the road for their final two regular-season road matches. Utah State will take on Fresno State on Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. (MT) and face 2009 WAC regular-season champions, San Jose State, on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. (MT). Fans can follow USU soccer at http://twitter.com/USUsoccer and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics. Shots by period 1 2 Total Idaho 5 5 10 Utah State 7 8 15 Corner kicks 1 2 Total Idaho 2 2 4 Utah State 2 3 5 Saves by period 1 2 Total Idaho 2 2 4 Utah State 3 3 6 Fouls 1 2 Total Idaho 5 2 7 Utah State 3 6 9 SCORING SUMMARY Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description 1. 49:05 USU Flanary, Shantel (7) (unassisted) off deflection 19 yards to back right corner 2. 77:52 USU Flanary, Shantel (8) (unassisted) deflected upper 90 to the right -USU-
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