Being shut out by Weber State Tuesday was a good alarm clock for the Ute women's soccer team. Utah jumped all over Portland State Thursday at Ute Field, scoring three times in the first 15 minutes and coasting to a 4-0 win to run its record to 3-1.
"After the Weber State game, we came out so ready to go and so intense," said freshman Alli Cerruti, who scored the game's first goal about 31/2 minutes into play to become the first Ute with more than one goal in the young season. Utah's other scorers were Staci Burt, Dominique Barcellona and Jaime Zemla.Coach Amy Winslow told Utah to "have a shot and attack quickly," said Cerruti. "As soon as the ball popped back out, I knew I didn't have much time, so, one touch - I just cracked it as hard as I could. I guess I was doing what my coach told me to," she said.
"Alli's one of the reasons we're going to be better up-top this year, better on attack," said Winslow. "That's one of the reasons we brought her in here. To get more goals."
While PSU is a 2-year-old program that didn't have the guns to play with Utah, Cerruti was happy to win. "I didn't want to lose to an Oregon team," said the forward from Blodgett, Ore. In turnabout, PSU has freshman forward Stacey Storie of Sandy and Jordan highs.
The shutout, Utah's second, was fashioned by senior goalkeepers Tawni Martinueau playing the 4-0 first half and Sarah Englis the second. Neither had much work. Portland State was credited with only two shots; Utah had 29. U. freshman Lesa Zollinger said the defense rotated well so that as soon as Portland State passed, someone was on the receiver.
"We had a great game," said Winslow, happy to play more people but disappointed in Utah's scoreless second half. "We kept the shutout," she said. "Our first-half intensity was great. After our loss to Weber, we didn't want it to happen again."