Taylor Slattery's first goal as a Ute was the eventual game-winner
Sept. 20, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah soccer pushed its unbeaten run at home against non-conference opponents to 10 games with a 3-0 victory over Utah State this evening. The Utes scored all their goals during a 12-minute span of the second half.
“I think the last 35 minutes we played fantastic soccer,” Head Coach Rich Manning said. “Rivalry games like these are always hotly contested and emotional. Scoring first really settled us down.”
Four minutes after opening the scoring, Utah tallied another goal when Kaycee Buckley opened her 2013 account. The sophomore took a pass from Katie Taylor and weaved past two USU defenders before firing a shot into the net.
A few moments later, a USU foul in the box gave Utah a chance to salt the game away. Taylor calmly stepped up and slotted home a penalty try for her team-leading fourth goal of the season to cap a three-point night.
“Kaycee and Katie were very dangerous for us all night,” Manning stated. “I also thought Taylor had her best game as a Ute. We can take a lot of positives out of this game moving forward to Sunday and then Pac-12 play next week.”
Lindsey Luke returned to the lineup after missing two weeks and promptly picked up where she left off, notching her fourth shutout of the season. The sophomore has not allowed a goal this season in 400 minutes of action and made two saves this evening.
The Utes improved to 12-4 all-time vs. Utah State with a perfect 8-0-0 record against the Aggies in Salt Lake City. Utah had dropped three of the last four in this series including a 1-0 overtime loss at Rio Tinto Stadium last season.
Utah is back in action on Sunday at noon in a nationally-televised contest vs. Oklahoma on the Pac-12 Network.