Erin Dalley scored for the second straight game and is now tied for the team lead in goals scored with three.
Sept. 11, 2009
BOULDER, Colo. - The University of Utah soccer team (5-3) fell 2-1 at No. 20 Colorado (4-2) Friday as CU netted its game-winner with less than three minutes to play. The Utah goal-scorer was sophomore forward Erin Dalley, who tallied her third of the year.
"I thought our team showed a lot of character today," said Utah head coach Rich Manning. "Coming into the game we didn't have our legs underneath us, we were fighting some fatigue from our midweek game and we took an early goal. But to gather ourselves back together and hang in there, I thought really showed a lot of competitive spirit. We played a terrific second half, we were keeping ball well, being patient, and taking chances when had them.
"We got the equalizer and I think we were unlucky not to get another," continued Manning. "Unfortunately we weren't able to close the deal, and to work that hard for that long and give up a goal on a set piece that late in the game was very disappointing. This is another hard lesson for us to learn and hopefully can use the experiences from these games to make improvements."
Colorado got on the board early as Kelly Ross scored her first goal of the season just 7:07 into the game. Erin Bricker played a short ball to Ross after receiving a centering pass from Kassidy Fitzpatrick.
Utah pulled level in the 55th minute as sophomore forward Erin Dalley scored for the second straight game. Junior forward Lauren Hair crossed into the box, finding her wide-open strike partner, who one-timed it into the back of the net. Dalley is now tied for the team-lead with three goals. Hair leads the Utes with four assists, which also ties her for the most in the Mountain West Conference.
Colorado netted its game-winner in the 88th minute as Kim Lowry finished off a tap-in. Colorado earned a set piece which was played into the box and headed across the face of the goal by Mary White, falling to Lowry's feet. Like Fitzpatrick on Colorado's initial goal, it was Lowry's first of the season.
The Utes outshot Colorado overall, 14-13, while the Buffaloes held the edge in shots on goal, 6-5. Utah sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Turpen and CU netminder Kara Linder each made four saves.
Utah now has a week off before heading to Los Angeles for the UCLA Tournament. The Utes face the Bruins on Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. PT. They will then take on Loyola Marymount in an 11 a.m. PT neutral-site contest on Sunday, Sept. 20.