RENO, Nev. -- Two home wins over the weekend gave Nevada a 3-0 start on the season, the best start in Wolf Pack soccer history. The Pack recorded wins over Wisconsin-Green Bay, 1-0, and Northern Iowa, 4-0, as the team extended its home unbeaten streak to 11 games. Nevada puts its 3-0 record on the line this Friday when the squad travels to the state of Washington to take on Washington State in Pullman at 3 p.m. Pacific before facing Eastern Washington Sunday at 1 p.m. Pacific.
Nevada (3-0-0, 0-0-0 WAC) at Washington State (2-1-1)
Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. Pacific
Lower Soccer Field
Nevada (3-0-0, 0-0-0 WAC) at Eastern Washington (1-3-0)
Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. Pacific
EWU Sports and Recreation Center
All-Time vs. the Washington State Cougars:
Nevada leads the all-time series between the two schools, 1-0. A program record 795 fans turned out last season as Nevada beat Washington State 3-0. Randee Robinson (Port Orchard, Wash.) scored two goals for the Pack while Miranda Montejo (Riverside, Calif.) scored the final goal of the match. The Wolf Pack out shot the Cougars 15-9 including a 9-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Scouting the Washington State Cougars:
Washington State is 2-1-1 on the season having beaten UNLV 2-1 and Utah State 1-0. The Cougars only loss of the season has come at the hands of #24 Utah who beat Washington State 2-1 in double overtime. The Cougars recorded a 0-0 double overtime tie against #25 Gonzaga. Four different players have recorded goals for Washington State, Brooke Bemis, Anna Miller, Carly Dobratz and Sasha Baines. Dobratz has also recorded a team-high two assists for the Cougars. Keeper Brynn Bemis has allowed three goals in four games and recorded a shutout versus #25 Gonzaga. Washington State is tied for 15th in the West Region according to Soccer Buzz. The Cougars are coached by third-season head coach Matt Potter who has a 27-26-9 career record at Washington State.
All-time vs. the Eastern Washington Eagles:
Nevada owns a 2-1 all-time record against Eastern Washington. The Pack has won the last two meetings including a 4-0 victory over the Eagles last season in Reno. The victory set a record for the biggest margin of victory over a Division I opponent in Nevada soccer history. Aivi Luik (Gold Coast, Australia), Naomi Hernandez (N. Las Vegas, Nev.), Kristin Anderson (Pasadena, Calif.) and Samantha Miller (Riverside, Calif.) recorded goals for Nevada. The win also marked the first time the Wolf Pack turned in back-to-back shutouts over a Division I opponent.
Scouting the Eastern Washington Eagles:
The Eagles are 1-3 on the season having picked up their first win Sunday against Birmingham-Southern, 4-2. Prior to Sunday's win Eastern Washington was 0-3 on the season losing matches at Northern Illinois, 0-4, DePaul, 0-2, and #25 Gonzaga 0-3. Four different Eagle players scored in the team's victory over Birmingham-Southern. Eagles goalie Tiera Como has allowed 11 goals in four games and has a 2.94 goals against average. Eastern Washington is coached by George Hageage. Hageage, who is in his seventh season with the Eagles, has a 32-69-8 career record at the school. Eastern Washington will face Sacramento State Friday before playing Nevada on Sunday.
Last Week's Results vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay and Northern Iowa:
Nevada opened its home slate recording victories over Wisconsin-Green Bay and Northern Iowa. Sophomore Karen Zmirak (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) scored the game-winning goal Friday night against UWGB off assists from sophomore Samantha Miller (Riverside, Calif.) and freshman Devin Noe (Simi Valley, Calif.) The Wolf Pack held UWGB scoreless in the first half and out shot the Phoenix 15-5 in the match. Nevada keeper, redshirt freshman Caitlin Holmes (Las Flores, Calif.), played the full 90 in goal for Nevada and recorded her second shutout in as many games. In the Pack's Sunday afternoon match against Northern Iowa, the Pack jumped out to an early 2-0 lead by the fourth minute of the game. Senior Aivi Luik (Gold Coast, Australia) gave Nevada a 1-0 lead in the third minute when she used a give-and-go from Zmirak to get deep into the Panther box and hit a shot to the lower right corner. Zmirak scored a goal a minute later when she headed in sophomore Jessica Thompson's (Ogden, Utah) corner kick. Junior Kenishia Warren's goal in the 40th minute gave Nevada a 3-0 lead. Warren received a through ball from sophomore Miranda Montejo (Riverside, Calif.) and beat two Northern Iowa defenders to score her first career goal for Nevada. Sophomore Samantha Miller (Riverside, Calif.) recorded the Pack's fourth goal of the season when she converted a penalty kick in the 52nd minute. Nevada was awarded the penalty kick after a Panther defender took Luik down in the box. The Wolf Pack held the Panthers shot less in the second half. Nevada goalie, junior Jen Mavis, made her first appearance of the season, playing the final 45 minutes of the match in goal.
Robinson Named WAC Defensive Player of the Week:
Sophomore Randee Robinson (Port Orchard, Wash.) was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 5. Robinson helped anchor the Nevada defense that recorded two shutouts over the weekend against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Northern Iowa. The Pack defense held its opponents to nine shots in two matches including two halves where the team held its opponents shot less. This is the second career WAC Defensive Player of the Week honor for Robinson.
News and Notes:
Nevada is atop the WAC for the first time in program history with a 3-0 record...sophomore Karen Zmirak (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) is the first player in Nevada soccer history to score a goal in each of her first three career appearances with Nevada...Goalie, redshirt freshman Caitlin Holmes (Las Flores, Calif.) has recorded two shutouts this season...Nevada as a team has three shutouts....The Wolf Pack is outscoring its opponents 7-0 on the season...Nevada's 3-0 start marks the first time in program history a Wolf Pack soccer team has started the season 3-0...Nevada has out shot its opponents 48-23...The Pack is averaging 16 shots per game while their opponents are averaging 7.7...Nevada has recorded five first-half goals and two second-half goals...The Wolf Pack held its opponents shot less on two occasions this weekend as Nevada held Wisconsin-Green Bay shot less in the first half Friday night and Northern Iowa was shot less in the second half against the Pack Sunday...Nevada's 3-0 record ties the program record for consecutive wins in a season.
Several Nevada players on this season's roster already have their names in the Wolf Pack career record book and look to move their names up even higher. Sophomore Miranda Montejo and senior Naomi Hernandez each have nine career goals and are just four away from claiming second and 10 away from first all time. Seniors Kristin Anderson and Lauren Kinneman, who each have seven career assists, are each two assists away from the number one spot. Senior Terran Hadlock and sophomore Jessica Thompson have six career assists while sophomores Montejo, and Samantha Miller along with senior Aivi Luik all have five career assists.
Nevada returns to Mackay Stadium on Friday, Sept. 15 to face Wyoming at 7:30 p.m. Pacific. The Pack will then take on UC Davis Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m Pacific.