Aggie Soccer Stuns Idaho 3-2

The Aggie women's soccer team stunned Idaho with three second half goals in a 12-minute span to steal a 3-2 victory on Sunday afternoon. Goals by Jazmin Cardosa and Lauren Cope in the 51st and 60th minute tied things up before a goal by Yolanda McMillion in the 63rd minute gave the Aggies the lead for good.

Idaho got on the scoreboard early in the 1st half with goals by Chelsea Small and Jennifer Hull in the 18th and 21st minute giving the Vandals a 2-0 lead at halftime. Down 2-0 at the half head coach Michael Needham credited his assistant coach Stephanie Rigamat with helping him coach up the players at the break. "When you're down two goals you're kind of thinking man we're not really playing that well. Steph made a lot of good points with me as we were walking in the locker room and kind of calmed me down a little bit. She said, "'We're fine, our forwards are doing well, our midfielders playing well, everybody is playing real hard, we just made a couple mistakes and gave up a couple goals. We're going to win this game 3-2.'"

Katie GraulComing out in the second half the Aggies made some defensive adjustments but it was a save early in the second half by goal keeper Katie Graul that allowed the Aggies to stay in the match. After the match Coach Needham talked about that save. "The free kick in the beginning of the second half. That's a great save." My goal keeper coach and I, Chris Voddry talked about it. That's a save that doesn't look like it's that hard but because the ball is hit high and straight at you, there's a lot of decisions a goal keeper has to make and she decided to go with two hands and was able to tip it over the bar."

He also credited the team with not giving up even though they were down 2-0. "It's easy to give up when you're down 2-0," said Coach Needham. He added, "But at the same time 2-0 is probably the most dangerous score in a soccer game because soccer is a momentum game and it's a game where you never know what's going to happen. You're one bad bounce or one good bounce away from something good happening. We grinded it out and scored three good goals in the second half."

Coach Needham also told his team not to worry about being down two goals but to worry about getting the first goal. "No goal in soccer is going to count for two. Score the first one and we'll deal with scoring the second one. Score the second one and we'll deal with scoring the third one and get out of here with a win."

The win improves the Aggies to 2-0-0 in WAC play and 7-5-0 overall and when play concludes after the first weekend of conference play the Aggies will likely find themselves alone atop the standings. "It's pretty exciting and not a place you thought you'd be." He also noted that despite the two wins this weekend the Aggies must continue to take it one step at a time. "We're there and now you've got to act like it and be workman like." He added, "While we'll enjoy this win, when we get back to work on Tuesday these two results are behind you. In conference, you have to be a professional. Now is the time when it's not about the last game you played. Those points are already won or those points are already lost. You're just moving forward and trying to get points out of every game."

The Aggies travel to Fresno State on Friday and San Jose State on Sunday.