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U of U soccer: Utah soccer defeats BYU in front of record home crowd

By Kyle Harris

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Aug. 25 2012 6:57 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY – A school-record crowd of 2,364 watched from Ute Field as the University of Utah soccer team (2-1) took down rival BYU (2-1) for the first time since 2007 with a 1-0 shutout victory. Sophomore forward Jill Robison (Layton, Utah) delivered the game winning goal as the Utes handed the Cougars their first loss of the season in Utah’s inaugural appearance on the Pac-12 Network.

In the 30th minute of play, Robison stole the ball approximately 30 yards from the BYU goal, took a dribble and ripped a shot from 22 yards that found the upper right corner of the net. It was the first goal of the season for Robison, the second of her career and her first game-winning strike.

"[The feeling] is indescribable," Robison said. "The center back was playing with it and I just took it from her. Then I power-dribbled and shot it and it went into the upper corner. It felt great."

The win marks Utah’s first victory and first shutout against BYU since taking a 1-0 win in Provo on Oct. 13, 2007. Utah had not beaten the Cougars at Ute Field since posting a 1-0 shutout on Oct. 7, 2006.

Utah nearly suffered a devastating blow early in the game as junior goalkeeper Cheyanne Mulcock (West Jordan, Utah) suffered an injury and was replaced by redshirt freshman Lindsey Luke (Coronoa del Mar, Calif.). Despite not playing soccer in more than a year, the Wake Forest transfer stepped in and played a commanding game in goal. Luke’s shot-stopping was up to the task as she made six saves, including a close-range effort in each half, a first-half try from Carly Payne-Holmoe and a blast off the foot of Jessica Ringwood in the second frame.

The Utes held BYU scoreless for the first time this season while recording their second consecutive shutout. Utah has not allowed a goal in regulation all year, with its only conceded strike coming in overtime in the season opener against Utah State.

Mulcock, who had started and played every minute of the Utes’ first two games, was hurt in a mid-air collision with Payne-Holmoe in the first few minutes of the game. After trying to continue, it was clear she was hampered and was forced to come off.

BYU outshot the Utes overall, 20-5; however, Utah was more efficient in its efforts, putting all five of its shots on goal, while seven of the Cougars’ efforts were on frame. Corner kicks went 7-3 for BYU, while fouls were whistled 12-6 against the home side.

Utah gets back into action Thursday, Aug. 30, as the Utes put their two-game win streak on the line at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 4 p.m. MT. Utah’s next home game is slated for Sept. 8 at 12 p.m. against Texas.

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