Sept. 5, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's soccer team (0-6-0) lost a 2-0 decision to Saint Mary's College (4-0-0) Sunday at Ute Field. The Gaels took the contest on a pair of second-half goals.
After a scoreless first half, SMC broke the tie in the 53rd minute of play as Caroline Kreuz scored her first of the season. Daelyn Paul played a free kick from the right side into the Utes' penalty box, where it skipped through untouched and found the foot of Kruez, streaking in on the far post.
The Gaels made it 2-0 on a throw-in miscue by the Utes with under three minutes to play. Utah's attempt to throw it back to the goalkeeper was picked off by Alex Ciliento, who dribbled toward the goal and around the exposed goalie, then fired it into the empty Utah net.
After going down 1-0, Utah's best chance to tie the game came with approximately 15 minutes remaining, when freshman forward Jen Ericson took a 20-yard shot from the left side that nearly cleared the hands of the outstretched goalkeeper. SMC netminder Sarah Peters got her fingertips to it and parried it away, only to have it ring the far post and stay out of the net.
Utah dominated the shot chart in the first half, outshooting Saint Mary's 9-2, but then fell behind 11-4 in the second half. Total shots were tied at 13-13, with the Utes putting one more attempt on frame than the Gaels, 6-5. Corner kicks finished 6-5 in favor of SMC, while fouls went 13-10 against them.
Peters made six saves in net for SMC, while junior Hannah Turpen logged three stops for the Utes.
Still looking for its first win of the season, Utah heads to Ogden on Thursday, Sept. 9, to take on Weber State. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. MT.