Thunderbirds Shutout CSUB for First Win
CEDAR CITY, Utah, 8/31/14 –Southern Utah picked up its first win of the early season with a 5-0 shutout decision at home against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday. The Thunderbirds pulled ahead with three goals in the opening period then tacked on two more scores in the second to improve their record to 1-1-1 on the year while the Roadrunners drop to 0-4-0.
SUU midfielder Ally Thimsen notched the opening goal, marking her first career score, after redirecting a cross from fellow freshman Abbie Flandro into the net in the 18th minute to put the T-Birds in front 1-0. Flandro put one between the posts on a rebound shot less than 10 minutes later to double the advantage. Aurora Moberly tapped in another put back score in the closing minutes of the half to make it a 3-0 Southern Utah lead at the break.
“We are right back to where we were last with everybody scoring goals,” stated head coach Becky Hogan. “Ally was a kid that we thought would be fast, and set up other people to score. It has been a pleasant surprise that she has this whole other side to her game where she can go to goal herself.”
The Thunderbird offense kept up the pressure in the second period with Haley Adams finding Thimsen open for a second goal in the 61st minute. Junior midfielder Nancy Brich put the game away by knocking in a final score with less than 12 minutes remaining to set the final count at 5-0.
Four different Thunderbirds recorded goals in the contest with six players being credited with an assist as Flandro, Thimsen, Madison Wood, Kirsten Anthony, Adams and Payton Bonino all helped set up scores for SUU. Southern Utah held the visitors to just four shots on the day while firing off a season-high 24 of their own.
Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Bolding went the full 90 in her first appearance as a Thunderbird, earning the shutout after making a pair of saves.
“Taylor did good, she had good command of the field,” commented Hogan. “Her organization was good and she handled the ball well when she had to.”
Southern Utah will play its next four matches away from Cedar City, starting with trips to UTEP and Utah Valley. The T-Birds take on the Miners this Friday at 6 p.m. (MT) then travel to Orem to face the Wolverines on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.suutbirds.com.