Utah women's soccer: Utes play to 2-2 draw at Colorado College

By Kyle Harris

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Aug. 30 2012 10:59 p.m. MDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Utah women’s soccer team (2-1-1) played to a 2-2 draw on the road at Colorado College (1-0-3) Thursday, remaining unbeaten in its last three games. Sophomore midfielder Avery Ford (Ogden, Utah) and junior defender Jenny Hutton (Littleton, Colo.) scored for the Utes.

All four of the game’s goals came in the second half. Colorado College drew first blood as Jaclyn Silsby scored in the 53rd minute to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Utah leveled the game at 1-1 less than seven minutes later. Ford, in identical fashion to her goal against Southern Utah, took a pass from junior midfielder Leslie Muirhead (Santa Cruz, Calif.), dribbled toward the middle of the field and hit a long-range blast that found the upper left corner. It was Ford’s second goal of the season and the third of her career.

Utah then took a 2-1 lead in the 78th minute as sophomore forward Ashton Hall (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) delivered a free kick into the box, where it was passed on by sophomore forward Katie Taylor (Kaysville, Utah). The ball found Hutton, who knocked a floater over CC goalkeeper Kate Scheele and in for her first career goal.

With less than eight minutes left in regulation, Jessie Ayers netted the equalizer for Colorado College on an assist from Silsby. Utah out-shot Colorado College in overtime, 3-2, but neither team could find the net again.

“We continue to show good competitive spirit and solid teamwork as we face new situations with a lot of our young players,” Utah head coach Rich Manning said. “I think the players have responded positively when they have needed to and that bodes well for the future. We just need to keep learning from our experiences. This was a good opportunity to work on protecting a lead and unfortunately we didn’t do that very well, but we will work on it and try to get better.”

For the game, Colorado College out-shot the Utes 21-13, with shots-on-goal going 9-7 for the Tigers. Corner kicks were 9-3 for CC, while fouls were whistled 9-7 against Utah. Redshirt freshman Lindsey Luke (Corona del Mar, Calif.) made seven saves in the Utah goal, while Scheele made five for the Tigers.

Utah began the game with its fourth different starting lineup in as many games, with freshman forward Baylee Nielsen (Mapleton, Utah) getting the nod up top.

“We didn’t start the game very well,” Manning said. “Colorado College has two good attacking players, Jesse Ayers and Brittney Lyman, and I thought we defended them well for the most part. Playing on the road, you have to have confidence in keeping the ball and passing it, which we need to improve on. We got a little better as the game went on but we need to better in possession for sure.”

Utah is back in action Saturday as the Utes head to Ogden, Utah, to take on Weber State. Kick off from Wildcat Soccer Field is scheduled for 12 p.m. MT.

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