The University of Nevada soccer team defeated Weber State 3-2 in overtime Friday evening at Mackay Stadium.
With the win, Nevada improves to (4-4-1, 0-0 MW, while Weber State drops to (2-6, 0-0 Big Sky).
“We dug ourselves into a hole by having to come back against a solid effort by Weber State,” head coach Dr. Melissa Price said. “I’m proud of the way our team responded to the adversity by finding the will to win the match in overtime.”
Three of Nevada’s nine matches this season have gone into an extra period. Nevada is 1-1-1 on the year in overtime matches and 5-5-4 as a program under Dr. Melissa Price.
Nevada’s defense stifled Weber State in the opening period, as the Wildcats were unable to record a shot. The Wolf Pack offense struck the first blow in the 17th minute on a goal by junior Chelsea Fricke that was crossed in from a corner kick by sophomore Madison Lorenzen. The goal give’s Fricke two on the year. Nevada commanded the remaining time in the initial period to lead Weber State 1-0 at halftime.
Weber State came out of the break hungry to pull even with Nevada. Wildcats mid-fielder Chansi Crompton’s unassisted goal in the 62nd minute knotted the game up at 1-1. Weber State followed up the goal with a second five minutes later, taking a 2-1 lead on a goal by Mackenzie Day. Nevada answered back with 17 minutes remaining in the match, as senior Sarah Schmeda received a pass from Chrisalyn Fonte and swiftly touched the ball pass the Weber State goalkeeper to tie the game at 2-2. The teams remained tied at the end of the game and went into overtime.
The Wolf Pack took charge in the early minutes of the overtime period. Sarah Schmeda’s second goal of the night came on a breakaway within the first two minutes of the period, giving Nevada a 3-2 win to keep the team undefeated at Mackay Stadium this season.
Nevada will look to break the program’s home attendance record against No. 15 California at Mackay Stadium next Sunday at 1 p.m. The previous attendance record of 795 fans was set during Nevada’s 3-0 win vs. Washington State on Sept. 25, 2005.