SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Utah State soccer’s trip in the Mountain West Championships came to an end Tuesday, as the Aggies fell to Colorado College, 3-1.
Utah State was the first to get on the board Tuesday night, scoring in the 22nd minute. A corner kick from senior defender Brooke Larsen-Leavitt found a perfect setup in the goal box. Sophomore midfielder Lauren Harmon was there to receive the kick, heading it into the back of the net. It was Larsen-Leavitt’s fourth assist of the season, while Harmon earned her first career goal.
Colorado College came out of the halftime break with a vengeful energy, scoring three goals in 12 minutes. The first score for the Tigers came on a pass from Sarah Schweiss went outside to Jessie Ayers, who found the back corner of the net. Just five minutes later, Schweiss added a goal of her own on a bicycle kick from 12 yards out. With 12 minutes left to play, Ayers struck again, following through off a corner kick from Rachel Herron.
“It was a tough second half. We knew the second goal of the night would have a big influence on the outcome, and unfortunately it wasn’t in our favor,” said USU head coach Heather Cairns. “We’re sad to see the season end and to have to say goodbye to our seniors.”
Until tonight, USU goalkeeper Jeannie Woller had allowed three goals in a single match just twice this season. She has now allowed 21 goals this season, with 58 saves. She will end the year with a goals against average of 1.03.
The Aggies took their first loss of the season when scoring first. Overall, Colorado College just edged Utah State in shots, 14-13. The Tigers had six shots on goal to the Aggies’ three. Colorado College also had more fouls than the Aggies, topping them 11-5.
Utah State will end the season with a 10-8-2 overall record and a 6-4-1 Mountain West ledger. Colorado College improves to 12-5-3 overall and 7-3-1 in league play. The Tigers move on to play top-seeded San Diego State in the conference semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 6. Utah State is now 7-8-1 all-time in conference tournament play.
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