Sept. 8, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - The Rice soccer team recorded more shots and corner kicks in a Thursday road game at Utah State, but the Aggies claimed a 1-0 win over the Owls Thursday afternoon in Logan, Utah.
The Owls saw their four-match win streak come to an end. Rice is now 4-2-0 on the young season. Streaking Utah State improved to 7-0-0 overall.
After a scoreless first half, Utah State's Summer Tillotson alertly changed the point of attack on the Owl defense with a midfield pass to Kendra Pemberton in the 53rd minute. Pemberton then slotted the ball to Jennifer Flynn who needed only a touch from eight yards out to score from the left side.
"Credit to Utah State," said Rice head coach Nicky Adams after the match. "They were able to pressure us, and we struggled to find a rhythm and had trouble getting forward.
"We were missing that final pass to break down the defense," coach Adams explained. "We weren't able to put the ball in behind Utah State to cause any problems. We were in front of them, and we're not going to be dangerous if we can not put the ball behind teams and make them chase towards their own goal. We may have had more shots in the game, but we could have been a lot more dangerous."
For the game Rice held a 9-5 advantage in shots, and a 3-1 margin in corner kicks. Coach Adams is clearly more focused on final results and the team's effort rather than statistics.
"It was disappointing today, especially after coming off last weekend," she added. "Last week we played hard and we played together. Today I was disappointed with our energy. We'll need an extremely high-energy level by next game. We played BYU last year and know it will be another tremendous challenge. We have to be ready."
The Owls complete the two-game road trip through Utah on Saturday night. Rice next plays nationally-ranked BYU in Provo, Utah, on Sept. 10 at 8 pm Central Time.
The box score from Thursday's game appears at the above link.