Nov. 28, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada soccer team made improvements as a program during the 2012 season, finishing 7-10-3 on the year and advancing to the Mountain West tournament in its first season in the conference. The team ended the 2011 season with a 3-16 finish.
“As a coach, each year you look to get better and improve on the previous year,” head coach Dr. Melissa Price said. “I’m proud of the way we were able to finish the season. To make it to the semifinals in the conference tournament was not by chance. It was a product of the dedication and commitment of the players and coaching staff to continually improve. When others didn't believe in us we always believed in ourselves and what we were capable of. We improved as a program this year and I feel our future is bright."
The Wolf Pack opened up Nevada’s first athletic event as a member of the Mountain West with a 2-0 victory over Hawai`i on Aug. 17. Nevada jumped ahead of Hawai`I with two goals in the first 38 minutes of the match. Junior Chelsea Fricke recorded her first career goal in the 18th minute, heading in a 40 yard set piece from Chrisalyn Fonte. Junior Kori Disarufino extended the Pack’s lead with eight minutes to go before halftime. The Pack followed up the season opening win with a 2-1 loss at Sacramento State. Chrisalyn Fonte scored the lone goal for Nevada in the 66th minute.
Nevada picked up a big non-conference road win on Sep. 2, defeating Big 12 opponent TCU 1-0. The team had two consecutive wins, with victories over Weber State and San Jose State. Senior Sarah Schmeda was named MW Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals in the 3-2 overtime win against the Wildcats. The team faced off against two consecutive ranked opponents in No. 15 Cal and No. 12 San Diego State. The match against Cal sent the team on a four-game skid before bouncing back with two impressive road wins at Wyoming and Air Force.
Senior goalkeeper Dana Moreno and the Wolf Pack defense shutout UNLV and Fresno State in the team’s last home games, resulting in two ties. Moreno was named MW Defensive Player of the Week following the consecutive shutouts. The team qualified for the MW tournament as the sixth seed after tying the Bulldogs and Broncos.
The Wolf Pack closed out the regular season on the road at Boise State, falling 1-0. The team would have another shot at the Broncos four days later, as the two teams were paired in the quarterfinal round of the MW tournament in San Diego, Calif. Freshman Daisha Jones-Oglesby gave Nevada a 1-0 lead late in the match, scoring her first career goal with five minutes left to go. Boise State had a final chance to pull even with a corner kick with a minute left, but the Wolf Pack defense held firm to preserve the 1-0 win.
Nevada advanced to the semifinal round with a match up against New Mexico. New Mexico controlled the pace early on in the match. The Lobos had seven shots in the opening half, while the Wolf Pack had two. Nevada's defensive line responded well to the New Mexico attack, clearing out multiple opportunities within the penalty box. The Lobos took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute of the second half on a Brianna Webster goal. New Mexico midfielder Rachel Montoya served over a corner kick and Webster punched it in with her head over the outstretched arms of Moreno. The Wolf Pack offense took charge late in the game by controlling possession, but couldn't pull even as New Mexico won 1-0. Junior Chelsea Fricke and senior Dana Moreno were named to the 2012 MW All-Tournament Team.