SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah women’s soccer team (0-2-1) dropped its home-opener to Nevada (1-3-0) by a 1-0 score Sunday at Ute Field. Utah outshot the Wolfpack 19-7 in the loss.
Nevada’s game-winning goal came in the 83rd minute after a turnover in the Utah defense allowed the Wolfpack to counter-attack. Aleina Dominguez got possession and played to Kori Disarufino at the top of the Utes’ penalty box. Disarufino turned on her defender and got to the inside, then took a left-footed shot that bent around the diving effort of Utah senior goalkeeper Hannah Turpen and into the bottom left corner for the game’s only goal.
Utah’s hard luck continued on the offensive end, with the Utes still searching for their first goal of the season. Utah got off 19 shots, forcing Nevada goalkeeper Jenna Riddle to make four saves and hit the frame three other times. Sophomore defender Jenny Hutton hit the crossbar in the 15th minute, freshman midfielder Ashton Hall hit it again in the 49th minute and freshman midfielder Katie Taylor hit the goalpost in the 51st minute of action. Utah also created several good opportunities on crosses into the box as well.
“I really liked our effort and I thought we did some great things,” said Utah head coach Rich Manning. “We improved in a lot of areas which I was pleased with, but we didn’t win. Our next step is finishing our chances. We have made some good steps, made the right choices and put ourselves in the right spots.
“I thought the first 15-20 minutes of the second half, we really had them pinned in, but we have to put the ball away. We had a lot of chances on crosses and I was pleased with our outside players getting forward and being aggressive. It was unfortunate that we gave up one late counter-attack and there it went. We have a good team and we will keep fixing things and getting better.”
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Hutton and sophomore forward Jen Ericson tied with a game-high four shots each. Turpen finished the game with three saves, including another outstanding reaction-save from close range, diving to her right side early in the second half. Her counterpart, Riddle, made four stops.
Despite the lopsided total shot count, shots on goal were even at 4-4. Utah earned four corner kicks to Nevada’s two, while fouls went 9-3 against the Wolfpack.
The Utes are back in action Sept. 2 as they head to Logan for a rivalry game at Utah State. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.
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