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Utah State Sends College of Idaho Home With 19-5 Loss

Utah StateUtah State looked to improve their already record setting season by adding yet another win on Saturday against The College of Idaho. It also didn’t take long to see that Utah State is up to something very special. The Aggies ended up taking the game 19-5, but it seemed much more dominant then that.
“The team really hustled to start the game. We had four goals in the first five minutes and we were able to run our gameplan,” Utah State Head Coach Jon Atwood. “We still have a lot to work on, but I’m feeling pretty good where we are going into the [University of] Utah game.”
The Aggies dominated from the get go. They were scoring goals left and right and did it with a noticeable lack of communication.
“Our communication is definitely something we need to work on,” Utah State Goalie Davy Colby said after the game. “We just gotta keep practicing our communication and that’s the only way to get better at it.”
But that really showed throughout the different level Utah State was playing at today. Throughout the game they just dominated whether it was offense or defense, Utah State was able to take advantage of a much less talented team and had
The College of Idaho going into spring break with “a lot to work on,” College of Idaho Head Coach Matt Geer said. “Today was a good test for us. These guys are D-I and we’re D-II, but I was still hoping for a closer game.”
The first quarter was absolutely dominated by the Aggies. They came out of the gate and from the first face-off won the game. They were definitely helped by a College of Idaho squad that really just seemed not prepared. The College of Idaho had minimal communication and that showed with the type of goals that were being taken.
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Utah State Junior Attackman Tanner Bowden really gave the crowd a good time out there today. With his two goals coming in flying fashion, he made sure the fans left excited. His first goal, which was assisted by Kevin Mann, started off with beautiful ball movement and energy from this young, Aggie squad. With a juke left and a pass right behind the net, Bowden was able to slip right pass two defenders and get airborne right in front of the net for the games second goal.
That really seemed to be the day for these Aggies. Blade Garlow, Matt Taylor, and especially Freshman Zach Payne also had some success against a defense that seemed to fall asleep on the field.  The entire Utah State offense seemed to have goals almost given to them by either the goalie or last defender losing sight of the ball.
The Aggies were playing with their minds ahead of them though from what it seemed like. But it was good enough to beat a Yotes squad that just was not on par with Utah State.
In the third quarter, Blade Garlow was lined up against Yote defender Bill Chace. During the play, they collided and Bill stayed on his knees yelling at the ref for the call. By doing so, he let the 2013 RMLC Rookie of the Year sweep right inside and score one of his three goals.
Mental mistakes like that one plagued the Yotes all day. Really, the Yotes seemed to communicate more with the referees then their own teammates throughout this game.  No one can say the Aggies weren’t expected to win this one. The D-I squad has had a favorable schedule so far which may be a reason for them seeming to look ahead into the future instead the present.
Zac Payne, who had a phenomenal game for this Utah State team, spoke on their performance today: “We played well. We played sloppy the later half of the game but overall I’m stoked to play ‘The U’ next week and SDSU after that.”
Luckily for the Aggies, they don’t have to look into their season’s crystal ball anymore. They face the University of Utah who slipped passed UVU, this Friday.
The Aggies are now 6-1 and continue this record season. They will be put to the test against “The U” and really will be able to put a lot of doubters to rest with a solid win.

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  1. This is either poor “hometown” reporting or the writer missed a lot of the dynamic of this game. I was down from Washington to scout and will make a few notations:
    The Yotes got worked early indeed, and then the game got physical towards the middle of quarter two which kept the game somewhat at Yote striking distance at half time. Early third quarter the referees shut it down when the Yote defense was resolutely slamming players with bad passing by the Aggies.
    Reporting a score at the end of each quarter would supplement this article nicely.
    “Really, the Yotes seemed to communicate more with the referees then their own teammates throughout this game.”
    The writer should know this was a result of the Yotes having to defend their physical play with the referees just to keep up with the better Aggie team. There was nothing illegal about the Yote physical play; the refs — and the fans — just weren’t having any of it. (Play was stopped more than a few times for Aggie injuries by this time).
    “In the third quarter, Blade Garlow was lined up against Yote defender Bill Chace. During the play, they collided and Bill stayed on his knees yelling at the ref for the call. By doing so, he let the 2013 RMLC Rookie of the Year sweep right inside and score one of his three goals. Mental mistakes like that one plagued the Yotes all day.”
    Here the refs blew a ‘3 pipe’ bounce back to the field of play. The play was over because the referee signaled “goal,” not because of a subsequent sweep inside. An extraordinary shot by Garlow which caught our collective attention for effort was beautiful, but not a goal. I’d stay on my knees and yell too as the referees debated 8th grade geometry and the rule book after shutting down my defense for aggressive play. It wasn’t that Chace lay on his knees to allow a goal, it was that Chace lay on his knees for the defective call and subsequent lengthy umpiring debate.
    By quarter four the superior Aggie team was scoring at will, and showing their superiority, as the Yotes were visibly mentally and physically drained. By this time the Yotes brought in their second team who had trouble communicating with each other to end the game.
    The efforts by the writer of this article, Andrew Redfern, are notably sufficient for the Aggie school newspaper and its classman audience, but when it is posted on the Internet, it requires accuracy and a game dynamic, and less dramatic, hometown sensationalism.
    Except for the headline, here is a balanced article:
    http://csulacrosse.com/2014/04/26/colorado-state-thumps-utah-state-in-rmlc-quarterfinal/

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