USU soccer downs UVU on penalty kick

LOGAN – In-state rivalry games are never easy, just ask the Utah State women’s soccer team.

The Aggies got on the board against Utah Valley University on Monday behind a penalty kick in the 50th minute and then withstood a furious Wolverine rally over the final eight minutes to earn the 1-0 win.

“We held, but it was hairy,” USU head coach Heather Cairns said. “And in-state games are like that. There’s a lot of emotion, the game’s not over until the final whistle blows. It’s good for our team to be in those situations.”

Battling for the ball inside the 18-yard-box, senior forward Lauren Roundy drew a foul that led to the penalty kick, which junior defender Taryn Rose buried without a problem.

USU controlled possession and creating numerous chances throughout the match, out-shooting the Wolverines 16-11 in the game and the Aggies had a 10-1 advantage on corner kicks.

But the Wolverines defense held firm until the penalty.

Utah State improved to 2-0-0 this season, and will return to the pitch on Fri. August 30 at 7 p.m. when the Aggies travel to the University of Texas-El Paso.

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