RENO, Nev. Nevada scored two goals within the first four minutes and added two more to record a 4-0 victory over Northern Iowa Sunday afternoon at Mackay Stadium. With the win, Nevada (3-0) extended its home unbeaten streak 11 games. The Panthers fell to 0-4 this season.
The Wolf Pack scored in the third and fourth minutes of the match. Senior Aivi Luik (Gold Coast, Australia) received a pass off a give-and-go from sophomore Karen Zmirak (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) close to the Northern Iowa goal. Luik beat Panther keeper Krista Thorley to the right corner and gave Nevada the early 1-0 lead. Zmirak scored the Pack’s second goal of the match one minute later on a header off a corner kick from sophomore Jessica Thompson (Ogden, Utah). Zmirak’s goal ties her for the most all-time with teammate sophomore Miranda Montejo (Riverside, Calif.) for consecutive games with a goal scored, three.
Junior Kenishia Warren (Terrigal, New South Wales, Australia) scored her first goal of the season in the 40th minute off an assist from Montejo. Montejo played a through ball to Warren who cut to the right, beating two defenders before scoring a goal from five yards out.
Sophomore Samantha Miller (Riverside, Calif.) scored Nevada’s final goal of the afternoon in the 52nd minute on a penalty kick. The Wolf Pack received the PK after a Northern Iowa player took Luik down in the box.
Nevada goalie, red-shirt freshman Caitlin Holmes (Las Flores, Calif.), recorded three saves, including a diving, one-handed save on a Panther free kick. Jen Mavis (Sparks, Nev.) replaced Holmes at halftime and did not record a save as Nevada held Northern Iowa shot less in the second half.
“This is a good result and we scored some very good goals,” said Nevada head coach Terri Patraw. “I am proud of our goalkeepers and our defenders, they did a great job.”
Nevada outshot Northern Iowa 29-4, including a 12-0 shot advantage in the second half. Wolf Pack senior Kristin Anderson (Pasadena, Calif.) recorded a game-high five shots while Thompson and Zmirak each took four. Lindsey Daugherty recorded a team-high two shots for the Panthers.
The Wolf Pack’s next games are Friday, Sept. 8 at Washington State at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 10 at Eastern Washington at 1 p.m. Nevada returns to Mackay Stadium Friday, Sept. 15 to face Wyoming at 7:30 p.m.