Aug. 15, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada soccer team will kick-off the Wolf Pack’s first athletic event as a member of the Mountain West Friday night. Nevada will open up the regular 2012 season at home against former Western Athletic Conference rival Hawai`i at 7 p.m. The Rainbow Wahine won last season’s match on the island 5-0. Hawai`i leads the overall series with Nevada 6-8.
“There is a positive, youthful energy to our program,” head Coach Dr. Melissa Price said. “Leadership, discipline, hard work, and attention to detail are the cornerstones to our success. This is our first year in the conference and our goal is to establish our program as one of excellence and a tradition of winning.”
Following the home opener with the Rainbow Wahine, the Wolf Pack will hit the road for its first test away from Mackay Stadium, Sunday against Sacramento State at 1 p.m. Nevada won the last match during the 2011 season in overtime 2-1. Junior forward Kori Disarufino scored an unassisted goal in the extra period to claim the win.
-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 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.
-Defensively, the Pack will look to an experienced group of returners that
is comprised of juniors and seniors.
-Nevada’s toughest non-conference contest this season will come September 23rd against Pac-12 foe California. The game will be played at Mackay Stadium.
-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.
-Senior Lauren Braman started every game for the third straight year last season, bringing her career total to 60. Braman not only started every game but also played every available minute in Nevada's schedule (1,749).
-Junior Danielle Green started all of Nevada's games (19) for the second consecutive year last season.
-Kori Disarufino was one of Nevada’s most consistent offensive threats in her second season last year. The junior scored three goals to tie for the team lead, playing in all 19 matches with 14 starts. She totaled 35 shots with 24 on target to lead Nevada in both categories.