It could be a tough season for the Utah women's soccer team.
For the second time in three days, the Utes lost a home game, this time falling to No. 19-ranked Georgia 2-1. It marked the first time since 2000 that the Utes have lost consecutive home games and the first time ever Utah has lost two home games in the same homestand.
The Utes played better than in Friday's 4-0 loss to Arizona, outshooting the Bulldogs 15-8 and getting seven shots on goal compared to four for their opponent. However, the Bulldogs took home a victory when Marah Falle headed in a ball just in front off the goal off a nice cross from Carrie Patterson with less than five minutes left.
"I thought we played OK," said Ute coach Rich Manning. "Our defense is just giving up too many goals. It's a continuation of last year. We've given up nine goals in four games and we just can't do that. We've got a young defense and we've got to keep working at it."
After a scoreless first half, Georgia got on the board early in the second half when Falle found the net from 10 yards out off a deflection following a corner kick. There was a lot of congestion in front of the goal and Ute keeper Emalee Rogers appeared to be screened on the shot.
The Utes evened the score less than three minutes later when freshman Chelsea Forbes made her first career goal off a nice pass from another freshman, Kellie Woodfield. Lauren Hair set up the goal with a nice run up to the left post and after the ball popped out to Woodfield, she made a nice pass to Forbes, who found the net.
Manning knows he has a young team and must be patient. Of the 15 players in the Utes' lineup Sunday, eight were freshmen and four were sophomores.
"We're learning," Manning said. "I'm not displeased with our performance, but obviously it has to get better. We just have to keep working at it."
The Utes (1-3) head out on the road for games at Oregon Friday and Oregon State Sunday before returning home to play Utah State on Sept. 12.
OREGON ST. 2, UTAH ST. 1: The Aggies lost their third match by one goal falling to 1-3 on the season. The Beavers jumped out early scoring two goals in the opening 24 minutes and holding on for the win.
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