RENO, Nev. The University of Nevada soccer team took St. Mary’s to double overtime Sunday afternoon but the Gaels scored in the 106th minute to post the 2-1 win over the Wolf Pack.
With the loss, Nevada falls to 0-9-2 on the year while St. Mary’s improved to 7-4-1. The match marked the Pack’s last non-conference game of the year.
Samantha Miller scored her second goal of the season in the 8th minute to put Nevada up 1-0. With her back to goal, Jessica Thompson flicked the ball to Miller wide on the left. Miller’s initial shot was knocked down by St. Mary’s keeper Tara Larson but Miller collected the rebound and beat Larson to the far post.
Miller narrowly missed scoring her second goal of the game in the 16th minute. Cristen Drummond was played out wide on the right and ripped a shot that Larson blocked but didn’t collect. Miller got to the rebound right in front of the goal but her attempt went wide.
The Gaels tied the game 1-1 in the 32nd minute on an own goal. Jessica Menzhuber took a long throw in from the right side of the field to the near post. Nevada’s keeper Marie Cove came to the near post to punch the ball out but a group of players went up to challenge for the ball and the ball was headed in for an own goal.
In the 41st minute, Vanessa Mann picked off a ball in midfield and saw Larson off her line. Mann fired a shot that had Larson beat high but Mann’s shot hit off the crossbar and was cleared out.
Nevada had another good scoring look in the 73rd minute. Miller drove a cross low from the right side that found Drummond on the six-yard box but Drummond miss struck her shot and her attempt went wide.
In the 104th minute, Annabelle Allen hit a long, bending shot from wide on the right that hit the crossbar and less than a minute later, the Gaels’ Danielle Spann hit a similar shot from 35 yards out that beat Nevada keeper Marie Cove to the upper left corner to score the game-winning goal.
Cove made four saves for Nevada while Larson recorded four for St. Mary’s. Nevada outshot St. Mary’s 19-6 in the game but the Gales recorded a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal. Miller took a game-high six shots in the game while Drummond took five.
With her six shots, Miller became Nevada’s all-time leader in shots with 129 passing Lauren Kinneman (2003-06) who recorded 124 career shots. Miller is now also tied with teammate Karen Zmirak for second all-time in career points with 42. Miranda Montejo is Nevada’s all-time leader in career points with 44.
Nevada will open conference play this week hosting Hawaii and San Jose State. The Pack will take on the Rainbow Wahine on Friday night at 7 p.m. and will face the Spartans on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The night before the Hawai`i game, Nevada head coach Jaime Frias, his coaching staff and players will hold a free soccer clinic for boys and girls 8th grade and under on October 9 from 6 p.m.-7p.m. at Mackay Stadium. Those players who attend the clinic will be admitted free to Nevada’s game versus Hawai`i on October 10 at 7 p.m. Nevada players and coaches will be available after the clinic to sign autographs.