Utah Utes: Utah women's soccer team posts shutout

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

SALT LAKE CITY — Freshman defender Megan Trabert buried a first-half header and sophomore midfielder Harley Spier scored for the second consecutive match as the Utah women's soccer team completed a weekend sweep with a 2-0 victory against Washington on Sunday at Ute Field.

In the 38th minute of play, sophomore midfielder McKel Wall slid a pass to sophomore midfielder Avery Ford, who lofted a cross to the far post. Trabert, who had come all the way up from her center back spot on the preceding corner kick, used all of her 5-foot-10 frame to her advantage and out-jumped the Washington defense, slamming a header past UW goalkeeper Kari Davidson. It was Trabert's first career goal and ultimately her first career game winner. Ford was credited with her second assist of the season while Wall earned her first.

Spier delivered an insurance goal in the 67th minute with pure hustle. As Ford carried the ball up-field and wound up for a long-range shot, Spier took off toward the Washington goal in anticipation of a scoring chance. Davidson made a very good save, tipping the ball on to the crossbar, but couldn't hold on to the ensuing rebound and Spier was there to tap it in just a few feet from goal.

"We didn't start very well on Friday so today the team was really focused on starting well and taking it Washington on our home field," said Utah head coach Rich Manning. "Clearly we did a great job of that. We executed well, we put pressure on them and we were unlucky not to have another goal or two. I was really proud of that. The first half was one of our best performances of the year, no question. Washington is a very good team and they showed their character by pushing back in the second half for sure."

Although the goals are what light up the scoreboard, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Luke provided some of the game's most dramatic moments with at least three outstanding saves in the second half. One such stop was fully-outstretched diving effort to her left, stopping an excellent long-range shot from Lindsay Elston. Just a few minutes later, Luke slipped as she tried to set her feet to dive left, recovered to her knees and stretched out just enough to parry it wide off her fingertips.

Luke finished with seven saves in the game and earned her fourth solo shutout of the season. Luke finished the weekend with 17 saves after posting a career-high 10 stops in the 2-1 overtime win against Washington State on Friday. Davidson finished with nine saves for Washington.

"Lindsay was class today," said Manning. "This is her first college season and it's great to see her growing. She is growing in confidence and getting her legs and her game back. She didn't play for over a year, so this is fun to watch. Lindsay Elston can strike a ball as well as anyone in this conference and [Luke] was up to the challenge."

The Utes (7-2-2, 2-1-0 Pac-12) outshot the Huskies (8-3-1, 1-2-0 Pac-12) by a 19-16 margin, with shots-on-goal going 11-7 in Utah's favor. Corner kicks were 8-4 for the Utes, while fouls were whistled 8-7 against the home side.

Utah has now won six consecutive home games and 12 of its last 13 dating back to last year. The Utes are 5-0 at home this season with four shutouts and only one goal allowed.

Utah is back in action Friday as defending NCAA champion Stanford comes to Ute Field for a 2 p.m. kickoff that will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network. The Utes then host California on Sunday at 1 p.m.

WEBER STATE SOCCER: At Ogden, The Wildcats found their way back to the winning side of the ledger. Freshman central defender Brecken Holbrook smashed home an 18-yard shot in the 52nd minute, lifting the Weber State University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over in-state rival Southern Utah on Sunday afternoon at Wildcat Soccer Field.

"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.

In the second half, junior midfielder Jennifer Flynn continued the aggressiveness for Utah State. The Aggie offense was plagued by three offsides calls in the second half.

In her first start since the win against UTEP on Aug. 19, Woller stood strong against one of the top offenses in the WAC. In the 81st minute, she made a save on a Nikki Pappalardo shot that led to a Nicholette DiGiacomo corner kick. The USU defense then blocked a shot by Kallie Vaughn.

The aggressive Pioneers continued to come on strong with a DiGiacomo shot that hit the cross bar in the 85th minute, but the Aggies remained strong and responded with a Flynn shot that was block in the 87th minute.

Utah State had its first shot on goal in the 99th minute when sophomore midfielder Lexie Morgan fired a shot that was saved by Denver's Lara Campbell.

In a familiar scenario for the Aggies, neither team was able to end the match in 90 minutes, and the match headed to overtime. DU had seven shots in 20 minutes of overtime, while USU had three.

Woller ended the match with six saves, while Campbell had three. DU out-shot USU 24-10, while leading in corner kicks, 10-1.

Following the tough two-match road trip, Utah State returns to the friendly confines of Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field for two matches. USU will host UTSA on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. and Texas State on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. as the Aggies begin the third month of the season.

UTAH VALLEY SOCCER

LOS ANGELES — A late, second-half surge came up just short for the Utah Valley University soccer team, as it dropped a 3-2 decision to Loyola Marymount Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field.

Trailing 3-0 with only 25 minutes to play, UVU (1-10-1) got on the board with a Regan Benson strike in the 60th minute. The senior volleyed home a headed pass from Lexi Felisoff a set piece to keep the Wolverines alive.

LMU (6-3-2) kept UVU off the board for the next 20 minutes, but McKell Salmon renewed the Wolverines' comeback hopes. Nicole Slater drove a shot on goal that was pushed out by LMU's Jagger. The deflection fell straight to Salmon, though, whose shot into the open net made the score 3-2 in the 84th minute.

The goal was the first of the year for the sophomore midfielder.

UVU fought frantically for the equalizer in the final minutes, but Felis' shot in the waning seconds flew wide, finalizing the 3-2 score.

Junior Tawni Martino scored twice and added an assist for the Lions, who outshot the Wolverines 21-10 in the match.

The Lions got off to a quick start, finding the net at 3:03 when Jocelyn Blankenship scored from the top of the box on a feed from Tawni Martino. Martino got into the scoring act eight minutes later when she took a through ball from Darien Pyka and beat goalkeeper Lauren Sackinto the left corner.

Lexi Robison had a chance to tie the match in the sixth minute, but her shot, coming from a Jaime Lyons corner kick, was stopped by LMU goalie Brittany Jagger. Haley Curtis provided the Wolverines' only other shot on goal in the first half when her shot in the 24th minute forced another save.

The Wolverines' had three more shots turned away in the last 45 minutes, with Jagger keeping out shots from Benson and Lyons, and a bending corner kick from Salmon lifted off the line by a Lion defender for an LMU team save.

Martino scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 56th minute, this time firing a shot from the left side of the box that slipped through Sack's hands.

UVU will play the final game of its midseason, six-game road swing Tuesday as it remains in the Golden State for a 2 p.m. matchup with CSU Bakersfield.. From there, the Wolverines return to Orem to begin defense of its 2011 Great West Conference title. NJIT visits Clyde Field Friday night at 7 p.m. in the GWC opener for both squads.

UTAH VOLLEYBALL

CORVALLIS – Sophomore outside hitter Chelsey Schofield recorded her fifth double-double of the season, but the University of Utah volleyball team was defeated in a four-set decision at Oregon State (24-26, 23-25, 25-19, 22-25) on Sunday in a Pac-12 Conference match at Gill Coliseum.

Utah (9-8, 0-4 Pac-12) outblocked Oregon State, 14.0 to 8.0, and earned a 7-6 advantage in service aces. OSU took a 2.63 to .220 advantage in team hitting and a 59-51 edge in digs.

Three Utes notched double-digits in kills, led by Schofield, who turned in 14 kills and 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the year and the 13th of her career. This was Schofield's 11th match with 10 or more kills and 28th of her career. Schofield's last double-double came with 16 kills and 15 digs against Bowling Green on Sept. 8.

Junior outside hitter Morgan Odale posted a team-high 15 kills on 35 swings with just three errors for a .343 hitting efficiency, while also registering seven digs. Today was Odale's ninth double-digit-kill match of the year and 47th of her career.

Erin Redd had 11 kills in the match with just four miscues on 24 attempts on a .292 efficiency to go with four blocks.

McKenzie Odale set a new season-high with two service aces, who also distributed 18 assists. Redd was the third Ute to serve a pair of aces.

In the back row of the Ute defense, Lea Adolph registered 20 digs for her third consecutive match with 10 or more digs, which was her fifth such performance of this season and the ninth of her career.

The Utes host No. 5 Washington on Friday at 8:30 p.m. MT. All of the action from Crimson Court will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.

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