The Aggie soccer team fell 2-1 in double overtime to Nevada as the two teams opened up WAC play. The Aggies fall to 6-3-2 on the season and 0-1-0 in league play with all three losses coming by one goal and two coming in extra minutes. "Playing your first conference game on the road is tough, it's definitely a tough environment at Nevada," said head coach Michael Needham after the match. "Our kids responded pretty well, they worked hard. We didn't play our best soccer of the year but it was a good effort."
The Aggies and Wolf Pack played 84 scoreless minutes before the Wolf Pack's Erin Smith scored at the 85:04 mark of the match off an assist from Kesia Broome putting Nevada up 1-0. The Aggies answered just 47 seconds later after the Aggies earned a corner kick. Baili Foutz sent the corner kick in and Kristen Powers delivered her second goal of the season.
"That shows a lot of resolve on our part," said Coach Needham. "We definitely did a nice job. We took the kickoff, ended up earning a corner off it, played a good corner to the back post and Kristen Powers got on the end of it and scored a good goal."
The two teams would head to overtime for the second time in their three meetings and would play the first overtime period with neither team scoring. "We did a nice job in the first overtime," said Coach Needham. The Aggies and Wolf Pack would head into the final 10 minutes still tied at 1-1 but Nevada's Erin Smith would strike again on a pass from Kesia Broome. "We made a mistake in the second overtime and you can't really make mistakes against a good team and they're a good team," said Coach Needham. "We made a mistake and they punished us for it."
The Aggies were outshot 30-11 in the match including 6-2 in both overtime periods. Mikaela Bitner was credited with 11 saves on the night. "They [Nevada] were effective in what they were trying to do, their facility is a tough place to play and they put us under a ton of pressure and we'll be better for that as we go through the conference season."
The Aggies will depart Reno on Saturday morning and head back to Las Cruces where they'll face Utah State. The northern Aggies defeated Louisiana Tech 1-0 in Ruston and will be making their first trip to Las Cruces. "The WAC is tough, we've got to get on a plane tomorrow morning early, get back and train and kind of regroup a little bit and get ready to play someone who plays totally different than Nevada did," said Coach Needham. "Utah State is a very good team. They'll be ready to play us and we'll be ready to play them. Sunday will be a great game. It'll be two teams getting after it. For us we're trying to get our first conference win and for them they'll be trying to get two real important away wins. It'll be a dogfight on Sunday. It's a chance for us to go out and play our soccer. I think we'll rebound well."