Utah Utes: Utah women's soccer team posts shutout

Published: Sunday, Sept. 30 2012 11:36 p.m. MDT

"We created a lot of opportunities and finally put one of them away,"Weber State coach Tim Crompton said. "We played pretty well in both games this weekend. The results are definitely important, especially right now in conference, but I feel good with the way we're playing out on the field."?

Holbrook's shot came off a free kick from freshman central midfielder Chansi Crompton just outside the box on the right angle, with Crompton swinging the ball to Holbrook who centered it and hit a blistering power shot into the back of the net. It was one of three shots on the afternoon for Holbrook, who also helped anchor a defensive effort that allowed the Thunderbirds just seven shots and only three on goal. Crompton's assist was her team-best fifth of the season, and ties her with former Wildcat greats Natalie Hensley and Hayley McCoy as the most in a season by a freshman player.

Weber State (2-2-0 Big Sky, 4-9-0 overall) finished with 24 shots for the second consecutive match, tying a season high it set during Friday's 1-0 loss to Northern Arizona. Freshman forward Mackenzie Harrison finished with a team-high four attempts, while Crompton had three attempts in addition to her assist. Junior forward Felicia Sortor, sophomore midfielder Ryley Hansen, sophomore midfielder Abbey Kennedy and junior forward Sarah Mager each recorded multiple shots, and four other Wildcats also recorded an attempt.

Weber State outshot Southern Utah 12-4 during the opening 45 minutes and 12-3 during the second frame.

The Wildcats will be back in action on Saturday against rival Idaho State. Kickoff for that match is set for Noon at Wildcat Soccer Field and will wrap up a three-match homestand for Weber State.

UTAH STATE SOCCER

DENVER — In just her second career start, freshman goalkeeper Jeannie Woller was dominating in the net as the Utah State soccer team battled No. 18 Denver to a 0-0 double overtime tie at the CIBER Field in Denver on Sunday.

Woller earned the start in goal after senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford was called for a red card in the Aggies' match against New Mexico State on Friday. She had the big task of taking on one of the most effective offenses in the Western Athletic Conference and rose to the challenge. This was only the second time that DU has been shut out this season and had scored 12 goals in the last four matches.

The Aggies are only the third team to get either a win or a tie against the Pioneers at CIBER Field since it opened in 2009. With the tie, Utah State is now 0-1-2 against ranked teams this season with a tie against No. 25 Washington and a loss to No. 12 BYU.

Utah State is now 5-2-6 this season and 0-0-2 in WAC play. Denver is 9-1-3 overall and 1-0-1 in league action.

The Aggies set the school record with their eighth overtime match in 13 matches this season. USU has had three-straight overtime matches and five of the last six matches have resulted in extra time. Utah State also set the record for ties in a season with its sixth.

"It was just two teams that dug in. We played really well today. Jeannie (Woller) was huge today. Jeannie was called upon after Ashlyn (Mulford) got carded on Friday. After the game on Friday, we all looked at Jeannie and had a ton of confidence in what she was going to be able to do. She has had experience at the college level, and it paid off today, and was just phenomenal. She took a couple of the bar and was great on corner kicks and set pieces. She was a great shot-stopper today. She came up big a handful of times that really saved us," USU head coach Heather Cairns said.

The high-powered Pioneer attack wasted no time trying to get on the board with Katy Van Lieshout taking the first shot of the match in the fourth minute. DU's leading scorers Kristen Hamilton and Kaitlyn Bast also both had shots for the Pioneers in the first 10 minutes of the match.

Junior forward Mari Miyashiro had the Aggies' first shot that went off the crossbar in the 12th minute. Junior defender Jackie Tillotson followed with a shot that sailed high in the 13th minute.

USU ended the first half with only three shots, none of which were on goal. Denver had five first-half shots in a defensive heavy first 45 minutes of action.

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