by Elizabeth Anderson
The Wolf Pack topped UC Davis with a score of 1-0 last Friday at Mackay Stadium — but it was far from easy. Aggression was high during the contest, with an array of fouls being called on both sides. The Wolf Pack ended the first half with nine fouls and the second half with 10. The Aggies tallied eight total fouls.
“I think we really kept our composure through the aggression,” said Nevada forward Daisha Jones-Oglesby. “But we played well with lots of possession. It was a good matchup and we were definitely more prepared the second half.”
Jones-Oglesby notched the go-ahead goal in the 66th minute. Assisted by freshman Angel Meriwether, the junior made a header from the left side.
“It felt amazing and surreal after I scored,” Jones-Oglesby said. “It’s like everything you have worked for pays off.”
The Aggies countered with seven shots on goal after the score, but Nevada fended them off to improve to 3-5-1. The win wrapped up the Wolf Pack’s nonconference schedule, which wasn’t without adversity. “
We have a lot of long-term injuries,” said captain Bobby Reilly. “I’m wrapped up and some people have some bumps and bruises but some people that usually play lots of minutes are out, like our starting goalkeeper (Kelsey Quintos).
“A number of players have been lost for the season due to ACL tears, which has opened the doors for newcomers. Junior goalkeeper Devyn Bryar, a transfer student from Monroe College in New Rochelle, New York, is seizing her opportunity.
“Devyn doesn’t have much experience with us, but she’s really been doing great,” Reilly said.
Bryar has started seven games for Quintos and has surrendered 21 goals. The Wolf Pack begins conference play with a two-game road trip this weekend. First up is Wyoming (2-5-1), followed by a visit to Colorado State (3-6-0). Nevada doesn’t return home until Oct. 3 against San Jose State.
“I’m excited for the future,” Jones-Oglesby said. “It’s going to take a lot of work but things are looking up. We are all becoming more confident in each other.”
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