SANDY — The University of Utah women's soccer team (0-1) fell to Utah State (1-0) by a 1-0 score in overtime in the season-opener Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. Despite dominating the offensive scoresheet, it was a deflected shot that broke the tie and took down the Utes.
After two scoreless periods, the Aggies' Jennifer Flynn found the back of the net for the golden goal just over three minutes into overtime. In near identical fashion to Utah's 2-1 loss to the Aggies in 2009 on the same field, Flynn blasted a ball from the right side that deflected off a Utah defender and made its way into the goal.
Utah dominated much of the offensive chances in the second half, outshooting Utah State 12-2 in the frame, but was not able to find a way past USU goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford. The Utes' best chance came off the foot of redshirt forward junior Allie Wisner. As a ball deflected through the box and fell at her feet, Wisner tried to get a quick shot off but didn't hit it squarely and Mulford kept the Utes off the scoresheet. Freshman defender Katie Rigby, who started her collegiate debut and acquitted herself very well, also had a dangerous opportunity, putting a header on frame off an Ashton Hall corner kick, which Mulford tipped over the bar.