Lady Yellowjackets Dominate Rocky in 3-0 Shutout (Sept. 20, 2003)
BILLINGS, MT – The MSU Billings women’s
soccer team controlled the game for 90 minutes Saturday afternoon
as the Lady Jackets defeated Rocky Mountain College 3-0 at Rocky.
The win stopped a four-game losing streak to Rocky dating back to
the 2001 season. The Yellowjackets, who last defeated the Bears
on October 24, 2000, take a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series.
MSUB is 3-3-1 for the season while RMC drops to 4-5.
Merrill-Johnson (Jr., Salt Lake City) took a cross from Candy
Cherry (Jr., Missoula, MT) in just the third minute and beat
Rocky’s Janna Reiman to the high side of the net for the only goal
MSUB would need Saturday. It was Merrill-Johnson’s team-high
fourth goal of the season and Cherry’s second assist.
“It feels really good,” said Merrill-Johnson
after her first career win against the cross-town rival. “You
don’t realize how big a rivalry is until you get on the field.
It’s a nice game to play in because you know you’re going to have
people there because it’s in town. In a rivalry game, anyone can
win. It’s usually the one who fights the hardest.”
Otis (Sr., Vancouver, WA) scored the Jackets’ second goal in
the 13th minute after dribbling past a pair of Rocky
defenders in the box. The goal was the first of the season for
Otis, who is second on the team in shots and shots-on-goal. Ally
Taylor (Fr., Ojai, CA) finished the scoring in the 26th minute after Otis crossed to Kelsey Vinnedge (Fr., Great Falls, MT), who found Taylor at
the top of the box for the shot. It was Taylor’s third goal of
“Today’s game was a great team effort in the
fact that we used every player,” said head coach Don
Trentham. “They all played an important role for us. After
the Seattle Pacific game on Monday, I challenged the character of
this team. I wanted to see how we would come out and play after
that. To challenge a team’s character and have them come out and
score in the first four minutes, that says a lot about our players
and their preparation this week.”
Plank (Fr., Phoenix, AZ) made three first half saves to keep
the Bears scoreless at the break. She lowered her team-leading
goals-against average to 0.47, with just two goals allowed in 379
minutes of play. Alyssa Wolfer (Fr., Longmont, CO) was in goal in the second
half, making a sliding save on a Rocky breakaway to preserve the
shutout. The Yellowjackets played the final 28 minutes short a
player because Stephanie Clark (Jr., Tualatin, OR) received a red card.
Clark will also miss the next game.
“Our team worked really well together today,”
said Merrill-Johnson. “We concentrated on the things we worked on
in practice. We saw today as a turning point in the season,
giving us confidence in our play. We have players who, if they
have confidence, can step up and beat some of the top teams we’ll
The Yellowjackets will have three such tests
starting Wednesday. In the span of six days, MSUB will face three
teams ranked in the Far West Region’s top ten. They will play at
Chico State (9th) on Wednesday, at Sonoma State (8th)
on Friday, and at San Francisco State (4th) on Sunday.
“We beat a good team today pretty
convincingly,” said Trentham. “I would like to see our play carry
into the tough 3-game road trip that we start on Wednesday.”