When the Utah soccer team fell behind just nine minutes into Sunday's match with Boise State, there wasn't a lot of concern on the Utes' sideline.
"We've been leaking goals all season," said Ute coach Rich Manning. "We've practiced the post-goal huddle a lot. We're used to being behind."
Instead of letting the early goal bother them, the Utes quickly regrouped with a pair of goals in a three-minute stretch and eventually took a 3-1 victory over the Broncos.
For the Utes, it extended their streak without a loss to seven games dating back to Sept. 6. Since that loss at Colorado, the Utes have five wins and two draws and stand 6-2-2 on the season.
Boise State's Shannon Saxton, who came into the game second in the nation in goals scored, added her 11th of the season in the 10th minute, taking a long pass from Laylea Perenon and hitting the left side of the net from the top of the box.
"We talked about not letting her get behind us and then the first chance down the field she's behind us," said Manning. "That was a (great) shot, but it was a case of her doing exactly what we said."
The Utes had misfired on a couple of early chances, but they tied the score 1-1 when Isleib made a nice pass into the box that was misplayed by the keeper and Erin Dalley was there to convert.
Less than three minutes later, the Utes took the lead for good when Isleib made another nice pass to Adele Letro, who put it in the net in the 21st minute.
For Letro, it was her 12th goal of the season, while Isleib was credited with her 11th assist. Letro and Isleib are both in the nation's top five in goals and assists, respectively.
"Our forwards made great runs, and I just hit them," said Isleib, who injured her right knee late in the match and left the game. "I just tweaked it. Hopefully it's nothing big."
The Utes took a 2-1 lead into halftime and increased the lead early in the second half when Katy Reineke scored from 15 yards out off an assist by freshman Morgan Skeen off a throw-in. It was the first score of the season for Skeen, who has started every game on defense for Utah.
Lynzee Lee finished with two saves in goal for the Utes, who kept the ball on the other half of the field for most of the game.
"One of the things we've learned this season is composure and to just keep working," said Manning. "I think we're improving slow and steady."The Utes have a pair of matches this week at Utah Valley State Wednesday and at Utah State Saturday before starting Mountain West Conference play next week.
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