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Vandal soccer suffers tough double-overtime loss

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MOSCOW, Idaho - The University of Idaho women's soccer team gave defending Western Athletic Conference champion Utah State all it could handle on Sunday, but a late goal in double-overtime ended Idaho's bid to derail the Aggies.

"It will suck a little bit of wind out of us, but we'll rebound," Idaho head coach Pete Showler said of the loss. "We'll take a second breath, step out, and be positive for the next game."

Idaho (8-7, 1-3 WAC) started the game off on the slow side, and Utah State (7-7-1, 2-1 WAC) made the Vandals pay with an early goal at the 14:13 mark by Shantel Flanary and took a 1-0 lead entering the half.

The Vandals opened the second period with renewed vigor, and controlled the pace and possession from the very beginning. Junior forward Jenn Hull cashed in on Idaho's pressure, as she took a pass and slashed through the Aggie defense, then tapped a soft shot over the keeper and into the net at the 59-minute mark.

"After about 25 minutes, we woke up and started to play," Showler said. "In the second half especially, we dictated the play."

Idaho managed a handful more scoring opportunities in the second, including a shot by freshman Chelsea Small that banged off the crossbar - the third time that has happened in the last three games - but the teams played to a standstill that went into extra time.

After a back-and-forth first overtime, the Aggies struck at the 3:07 mark of second OT, as USU's Allie Maduell sent a crossing pass to Erin Salmon, who barely snuck a shot between Idaho keeper Liz Boyden and the right post.

"We're a good team, and when we played soccer we showed that," Showler said. "You work and you work and you work, and that's just the nature of this game - it can turn in a flash of a second."

For the game, Utah State outshot Idaho by an 18-15 margin, which was 9-8 in shots on goal. Both keepers registered seven saves. Idaho earned six corner kicks, compared to four for Utah State. Idaho committed a season-high 14 fouls, while USU had eight. Utah State was whistled for offsides five times, while Idaho had none.

"We were creating opportunities and we had better numbers in the box, but things just weren't falling our way today," Showler said. "Today it didn't fall our way, but not through lack of trying or lack of self-belief."

Idaho's three-game skid is its longest of the season, but the Vandals will now have an extra two days to prepare for their next contest, as the team hosts Boise State on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Guy Wicks Field.

Spencer Farrin
Asst. Media Relations Director (WBB, Soccer, T&F)
University of Idaho Athletics

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