SALT LAKE CITY – In 11 minutes, Utah State Aggies looked like they had tackled some of the things that were holding them back in the first two games of the season.
They put pressure on the opposing midfielder – even getting to safety early on when AJ Vongphachanh met Nevada defender Carson Strong in the backyard. And Jason Shelley showed off his feet, a total of 40 meters plunging into an early head touch.
In the end, however, those promising moments turned out to be just an illusion. Nevada scored 34 unanswered points to roll right ahead of Aggies 34-9 Thursday night in Reno, Nevada.
So what happened?
“If I knew I would tell you, man,” Deven Thompkins confided. “Is that just the driving force you know? We got off to a good start ̵1; the defense gave us some good stops, we had safety, scored some points on the board after that. But, I mean, it’s just consistency. not really consistency. “
Aggies are consistent on one thing: they still can’t compete in a game.
The state of Utah has currently lost three games on average with 28.3 points – as head coach Gary Andersen put it, it’s a “tough ski game.”
And this could be the worst. After a strong start, there was nothing favorable for Aggies. In their solitary touch, which ended with Shelley finding Justin McGriff in a 4-yard touch, the Aggies had a total of 61 yards. In the end, they finished with 210 yards.
Shelley finished 15 out of 27 out of 96 yards – he hadn’t crossed 100 yards in his first three games as an Aggie – and 34 yards forward. The Utah transfer was replaced by Andrew Peasley for a brief streak in the second half, but he was unable to spark the foul, with a score of 1/7 within a distance of just 5m.
“At the end of the day, there are a lot of things you can look at and point out and say this and that, but… you have to have explosive matches in attacking football,” Andersen said. “And we have a lot of time to try to get it done.”
Nevada, however, doesn’t.
While the Aggies were trapped in the mud, Wolf Pack made everything look easy. Strong is 36-52 in 411 yards and three touches of the ball – all three have reached his favorite goal: Romeo Doubs. The doubles finished seven times taking 137 yards and three points.
“(Strong’s) is the driving force, and obviously some of the receivers are very skilled,” says Andersen. “Number 7 (Doubs) is – he’s as good as maybe I’ve coached. He’s a special kid.”
During the first quarter, Strong made a very deep rise to the last area where Doubs went high and reached. That long ball touch came down to third – and leaving was a struggle for Aggies. Nevada alone hit 4 to 5 when falling fourth, including converting to fourth and first quarter goals on Strong and Doub’s second touchdown connection.
Andersen said: “They knocked us out for the fourth time – it’s the confidence they have in their team right now to go ahead and do it,” Andersen said.
Before the first half ended, Doubs celebrated his third touch – this time a 54-yard shot – as Nevada turned an early deficit into a massive goal at the break.
“In terms of defense, you can’t give up those big boom games or at least as much as we did tonight,” Andersen said. “Or you’ll have a hard time winning a soccer game. That’s what good teams do.”
After three games, Aggies is no longer a good team.
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