Aggies fight back, earn tie against Nebraska

LOGAN – The streak of clean sheets may have ended, but the undefeated streak continues for the Utah State women’s soccer team after a 2-2 tie against Nebraska.

<p dir=”ltr”>“Nebraska’s a great team, but you know what? So are we,” said USU head coach Heather Cairns. “Two goals coming from behind, that shows the character of this team, so I’m really proud of them.”

Nebraska controlled the pace in the first half, using size and speed to bombard the Utah State defense with nine first half shots that led to two goals less than two minutes apart.

Sydney Miramontez took a throw-in deep in the attacking third and dribbled to the top of the 18-yard-box before hitting a left-footed strike to the far post to record the first goal against USU’s defense this season.

Two minutes later the Cornhuskers struck again after the Aggies gave a pass away. A simple pass left sophomore goalkeeper Jeannie Woller one-on-one with Nebraska’s Jordan Jackson, and Jackson chipped the ball past Woller for the goal.

<p dir=”ltr”>“I think we were shell-shocked,” Cairns said. “Those were the first two goals that we gave up and I think that shook us a little bit.” 

But the Aggies regrouped at the intermission and came storming back in the second half. 

Fighting off multiple defenders, senior forward Lauren Roundy muscled home her second goal of the season in the 56th minute to spark the Aggies.

Seven minutes later, USU struck again after the Aggies earned a corner kick. The Cornhuskers were able to clear the corner kick, but sophomore defender Sara Lorscheider was able to send the ball back into the penalty box for a second opportunity.

Nebraska goalkeeper Emma Stevens fumbled the ball, and junior midfielder Lexie Morgan was there for the putback.

<p dir=”ltr”>“The goalie just bobbled it and I was right there,” Morgan said. “It was perfect, right spot at the right time.”

Neither team was able to find the back of the net again despite multiple chances.

Utah State moved to 3-0-1 this season. The Aggies return to the pitch at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 on the road against Idaho State.

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