Nevada Opens Mountain West Play at No. 12 San Diego State
Sept. 26, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada soccer team (4-5-1, 0-0 MW) will open up Mountain West play on the road Friday, facing its consecutive ranked opponent with a match against No. 12 San Diego State (9-1-1, 0-0 MW) at 7 p.m. The Aztecs lead the overall series 2-0, defeating Nevada 3-1 in the previous meeting during the 2003 season in San Diego. The 12th-ranked San Diego State team will be the highest ranked opponent Nevada has faced as a program.
"We are excited to open up conference play Friday night," head coach Dr. Melissa Price said. "We have been preparing all year for this phase of our season. The teams we have matched up against these past six weeks have been quality opponents and have allowed us to grow as a unit."
Sunday the Wolf Pack will face its final non-conference opponent, as the team travels to Spokane Wash., to face Gonzaga at 11 a.m. The teams tied their first meeting 1-1 in double overtime during the 2010 season, squaring off at a neutral site in Missoula, Mont.
2011 Mountain West Soccer Recap
Seeded first overall in the season-ending tournament, the New Mexico Lobos claimed their first Mountain West title last season, defeating the third seeded Wyoming Cowboys 2-0 in the finals of the 2011 tournament. The prohibitive favorite, the Lobos were 12-5-4 (4-0-2 MWC) during the regular season. The Lobos had reached the finals on two other occasions, but lost 1-0 to UNLV in 2005 and 1-0 to BYU in 2010.
No longer a member of the conference, the Cougars had been the most dominant team since 1999, when the Mountain West began to sponsor women's soccer. From 1999-2010, BYU won seven of the 12 championship tournaments contested. They were 112-43-15 within the Mountain West during that time, good enough for a .791 winning percentage, the highest in the conference.
As a conference in 2010, Mountain West schools averaged 910 fans per game, drawing a total of 69, 177 fans to 76 contests.
Sunday, Sept. 23- No. 15 Cal 3, Nevada 0
Nevada used the energy of the record crowd of 1,007 fans in the first half to battle the 15th-ranked Cal team. Cal took a 1-0 lead over Nevada with four seconds remaining before halftime, as a shot bounced off the back of a Wolf Pack defender and into the net. Cal forward Ifeoma Onumonu turned a cross from sophomore Kory Lamet into a goal in the 56th minute to extend their lead to 2-0. The Bears scored again two minutes later to take a 3-0 lead on a goal by junior Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick.
-Nevada's consecutive match against a ranked opponent is the first time the program has faced multiple ranked foes in a season.
-The Wolf Pack is 0-3 as a program against ranked opponents, losing 3-0 to Cal this season, 3-1 to No. 16 Stanford during the 2006 season and falling 3-0 to No. 17 Santa Clara last season.
-Senior Sarah Schmeda provided a huge lift for the Pack in the team's 3-2 overtime win against Weber State. Her two goal performance was recognized by the Mountain West, as the Littleton, Colo., native was named MW Offensive Player of the Week on Sep. 17.
-Three of Nevada's 10 matches this season have gone into an extra period. Nevada is 5-5-4 under Dr. Price in overtime matches.
-The team's third win on the year with the 1-0 victory at San Jose State matched the win total of the 2011 season.
-Nevada's consecutive wins at TCU and San Jose State was the first for the season. The last time Nevada won consecutive matches was Sept. 16 and 18 during the 2011 season when the Pack defeated Idaho State and Eastern Michigan.
-Nevada's 1-0 win at TCU improved the program's record against BCS conference opponents to 4-13. The program's previous win came at Oregon during the 2006 season, where Nevada claimed a 2-1 win in Eugene, Ore.
-Sophomore Chrisalyn Fonte has been a force on the offensive end for Nevada. The Union City, Calif. native has scored a goal in five of Nevada's nine matches this season.
-Senior Lauren Braman has started every game for the fourth straight year, bringing her career total to 70. Braman sits tied at seventh on Nevada's all time list of career games started.
-Sophomore Madison Lorenzen has dished out an assist on four of Nevada's 10 goals this season.
-Nevada's shutout of Hawai`i broke a 15-match streak for the program. The Pack's last shutout came in a 1-0 win at Utah on Aug. 28, 2011. Nevada has had two shutouts on the year, the last in a 1-0 win at TCU on Sep. 2.
-Nevada's Chelsea Fricke started off the season with a bang after missing the majority of last season with an injury. The junior recorded her first goal at Nevada in the Pack's 2-1 win over Hawai`i. The Dallas, Texas native scored her second goal in Nevada's 3-2 overtime win against Weber State.
-With 14 letter winners returning, seven of which are starters, the Wolf Pack will look to make an immediate impact in its first year in the Mountain West.
-In 2011 Nevada was 3-16 overall, with a 1-6 conference mark in its last year as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. The Wolf Pack went 2-7 at home, 1-8 on the road and 0-1 at neutral sites, finishing in eighth place.
-Kori Disarufino and Chrisalyn Fonte, who led the team in scoring with three and two goals respectively will be leaned on to provide offensive production. Disarufino and Fonte also led the team in shots attempted with 35 and 23.
-Dr. Melissa "Missy" Price enters her third year as head coach and fifth overall at Nevada.
-Senior Dana Moreno will lead a corps of goalkeepers, playing in 13 games last year where she snagged 45 saves.
-Junior defender Chelsea Fricke returns to action for Nevada after missing the majority of the last season due to injury in which she used a medical redshirt. The Dallas native will look to bolster the Pack's defensive line.
-The 2012 season will mark the second consecutive year Nevada has had double digit newcomers wear Silver and Blue for the first time with 11 on board this year. Last season Nevada had 13.