SALT LAKE CITY — Harley Spier's 88th-minute header set the stage and Katie Taylor's overtime chip delivered the victory as Utah women's soccer captured a dramatic 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Washington State on Friday. With their first Pac-12 Conference win of the season, the Utes (6-2-2, 1-1-0 Pac-12) remain unbeaten at home in 2012 and have now won 12 of their last 13 at Ute Field.
In the 98th minute of action, Taylor ran onto a perfectly-weighted thru-ball by sophomore midfielder Avery Ford. Running on a full sprint to beat her defender to the ball, Taylor was able to keep her composure and chip the ball over the sliding WSU goalkeeper and in for the game-winning goal. It was her third goal of the season and her second game-winning strike.
UTAH STATE SOCCER: At Las Cruces, N.M., Utah State opened its final season in the Western Athletic Conference with a 0-0 overtime tie against New Mexico State.
Utah State tied the school record for overtime matches in a season with seven draws in 12 matches so far this season. The 2006 Aggies also had seven matches that saw extra time.
Senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford recorded five saves, but missed the final 43 seconds of the match after getting a red card after a defensive play on NMSU after the home team counterattacked after a USU cornerkick.
WEBER STATE SOCCER: At Ogden, Northern Arizona's Cierra Gamble scored in the 39th minute off a rebound of a blocked shot and the Lumberjacks escaped with a 1-0 victory.
Weber State recorded a season-high 24 shots, placing 11 on frame, while holding Northern Arizona to just eight and five attempts on frame.
SUU SOCCER: At Pocatello, after falling behind early at Idaho State, Southern Utah (1-6-1, 0-2 Big Sky) used a late score from freshman Sydney Cook goal to pull the game even at a goal apiece. It appeared that the two teams were headed to overtime until Bengal forward Rachel Strawn recorded her second goal of the day in the match's final seconds to lift her team to a 2-1 victory.
WESTMINSTER MEN'S SOCCER: At Sterling, Kan., the Griffins (6-3-1) used two first-half goals to defeat Sterling (Kan.), 2-1.
The Griffins would get on the board in the 20th minute on a goal by Jace Maxfield. Omar Jaimes would push the lead to 2-0 when he put his first-career goal in the back of the net in the 36th minute on an assist from Manuel Duenas.
WEBER STATE VOLLEYBALL: At Missoula, Mont., junior outside hitter Piper Wahlin had a career-high 18 kills and hit .255 with nine digs to lead the Wildcats to a nail-biting 25-27, 25-16, 25-21, 17-25, 15-13 victory over Montana.
DIXIE STATE VOLLEYBALL: At St. George, the Red Storm couldn't find a solution for Cal Baptist's Ingrid Carmona, who had 19 kills as Dixie State lost 25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 25-17.
SLCC VOLLEYBALL: At Taylorsville, the No. 6-ranked Bruins (17-4, 2-1 SWAC) defeated Colorado Northwestern Community College (0-14, 0-2) in three sets 25-14, 25-12 and 25-8 as freshman opposite hitter Adria Downs had eight kills.Comment on this story
UTAH GOLF: At Albuquerque, the Utes sit in 10th after two rounds of play at the William H. Tucker Invitational with a team score of 600 (303-297).
Junior Casey Halliday is tied for ninth with a score of 144 (76-68). His second-round 68 marked his career-low by two shots.
BYU GOLF: At Albuquerque, the Cougars shot a first-round 10-over-par and second-round 5-over par to finish Day One in sixth place at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate.
Senior Zac Blair shot five birdies on the day and sophomore Devon Purser shot four birdies in the first round. Both are tied at 14th.