|Vandals Shutout Aggies, 1-0|
LAS CRUCES, N.M.—Alyssa Pease scored her third goal of the season, propelling the Vandals to their fourth win of the season on Sunday. The win marks the 50th career victory for head coach Pete Showler and helps keep Idaho in contention for a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
“We have a lot more wins to come from this team,” Showler explained. “We will keep adding to that total. I’m excited to have been a part of all the teams and players that have believed in the program. Those wins reflect each individual that has had a hand in Idaho soccer. I would like to thank my assistant coaches, athletic trainers, strength coaches and administration for their invaluable support. I look forward a lot more wins to come.”
Idaho (4-13-0, 4-6-0 WAC) now has 12 points in conference play with two games remaining in the regular season. Entering Sunday the Vandals trailed Bakersfield for the final spot in the tournament. Grand Canyon defeated Bakersfield in its match on Sunday, allowing the Vandals to leap them in the WAC standings. Grand Canyon, making the transition to Division I this season, is ineligible for postseason play.
“Today was a great team effort,” Showler said. “We saw a lot of hard work from everybody. New Mexico State plays a great brand of soccer and their record doesn’t necessarily reflect that. We match that brand soccer with heart and passion. I couldn’t be more proud of that team effort. We defended doggedly; the midfield won a lot of second balls that allowed for some great combination play with the forwards. We put it all together for the 90 minutes and got what we deserved.”
Pease’s goal came in the 68th minute. Redshirt freshman Elexis Schlossarek connected with Pease on a long cross-field pass and Pease buried the shot from 15 yards out on the back post. Pease now leads the team with three goals on the season. She totaled three of the seven Idaho shots on the day. Schlossarek’s helper was her first of the season, giving her five points on the season.
New Mexico State (4-12-2, 1-8-1 WAC) outshot Idaho 18-7 on the day but the Vandal defensive unit and keeper Marina Siegl were able to keep the Aggies scoreless for the eighth time this season. Siegl went the distance in net on Sunday, making seven saves on the day.
The Aggies had two opportunities in the second half to even the score. The first came in the 71st minute when Katie Smith rang a shot off the post. Eight minutes later Layla Todd’s shot found the crossbar.
The Vandals will finish up the season with two matches against the WAC regular season champions, Seattle U. Idaho will travel to Seattle for the first of the back-to-back matches on Nov. 1. The Redhawks will then close out the regular season Nov. 3 at Guy Wicks Field.
Notes: Chelsie Breen has now started 77 out of her 78 career games and now has sole ownership of fourth on the all-time games started list…Siegl has now started 16-of-17 games this season in net…Sunday marked Siegl’s fourth complete game on the season...Idaho has not dropped a match to NMSU since the first meeting between the two schools in 2009, owning a 4-1-1 series lead.