Allie Wisner scored her first career goal to lift the Utes to a 1-0 win on the road.
Sept. 1, 2012
OGDEN, Utah - Allie Wisner's first career goal proved to be a game winner as the Utah women's soccer team (3-1-1) secured a 1-0 victory on the road at Weber State (0-4-0) Saturday in Ogden. Utah is now unbeaten in its last four matches with a 3-0-1 record in that stretch.
In the 25th minute of play, Wisner (Bozeman, Mont.) found the back of the net after Weber State failed to clear a corner kick. Junior midfielder Leslie Muirhead (Santa Cruz, Calif.) lofted a corner kick into the box, where it was headed away by WSU but only as far as Wisner, who drilled a right-footed shot from just inside the box that skipped off the wet turf and under the diving effort of WSU goalkeeper Ryann Waldman.
"Allie is our captain for a reason," said Utah head coach Rich Manning. "She's the motor and the heart and soul of our team, so you always want to see those people be successful. And the more she is scoring the more it helps our team down the road."
Utah claimed its third shutout of the year as redshirt freshman Lindsey Luke (Corona del Mar, Calif.) made four saves in the Utah goal. Luke improves to 2-0-1 on the year with one solo shutout and a shared shutout from the BYU victory. She has now made 17 saves in three games for a .895 save percentage and a 0.65 goals-against-average.
"I'm really proud of our players for hanging in there to get the win," said Manning. "We knew the game would get tougher and tougher as it wore on and we hung in there. I think this win is massive for our team's confidence and continued belief that if we work hard, we are going to be successful. We have had two or three seasons in the past where we had tough starts to the season, so this was a big point of emphasis. Especially coming off that loss at Rio Tinto, to see them fight back and say `this is not going to happen this year', I think speaks a lot to their determination."
Utah is now 2-0 at home, 1-0-1 on the road and 0-1 in neutral-site games. The Utes have allowed just three goals on the season for a 0.57 GAA as a team.
Utah will be back in action Sept. 8 at 12 p.m. as the Utes host Texas. Kickoff from Ute Field is scheduled for 12 p.m. MT.