Aug. 22, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The Nevada soccer team will return home to Mackay Stadium with a match against the Cal Poly Mustangs Friday at 7 p.m.
"Both of our opponents this week have the potential to be dangerous with the ball,” head coach Dr. Melissa Price said. "Our organization and communication defensively will be important to our success."
The Wolf Pack will look to remain unbeaten at home, having won their first match at Mackay against Hawai`i 2-0 last week. Cal Poly leads the overall series with Nevada 0-2. The Mustangs defeated the Pack last season 1-4 in San Luis Obispo. Sophomore Madison Lorenzen scored Nevada’s lone goal.
Following the match with Cal Poly, Nevada will travel to Davis, Calif. to face the UC Davis Aggies Sunday at 1 p.m. The Aggies won last season’s match 1-0 in Reno and lead the overall series with Nevada 1-5.
Friday’s home match with Cal Poly is Wolf Pack Soccer Camp Night. All campers are encouraged to wear their camp shirt to receive free admission.
Friday, August 17- Nevada 2, Hawai`i 0
The Wolf Pack soccer team opened up Nevada’s first athletic event as a member of the Mountain West with a 2-0 victory over Hawai`i. Junior Chelsea Fricke recorded her first goal at Nevada in the 18th minute. Junior Kori Disarufino extended the Pack’s lead with eight minutes to go before halftime, striking an 18 yard shot off the Rainbow Wahine’s goal keeper into the net.
Sunday, August 19- Sacramento State 2, Nevada 1
Nevada fell in its first road test at Sacramento State 2-1. After a scoreless first half, the Hornets went up 1-0 early in the opening minutes of the second half. Nevada responded by a goal by sophomore Chrisalyn Fonte in the 66th minute. Sacramento State won the match late on a goal by Elece McBride.
-Nevada’s 1-1 start is Dr. Melissa Price’s best start in her three years as head coach.
-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’s Chelsea Fricke started off the year 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.
-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.