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Utah Soccer Ties Oklahoma, 1-1

Avery Ford's goal kept Utah's unbeaten streak against non-conference foes intact

Avery Ford's goal kept Utah's unbeaten streak against non-conference foes intact

Sept. 22, 2013

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah soccer received a late goal from Avery Ford to earn a hard-fought draw against Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon at Ute Field.

“This wasn’t our best game and you have to credit Oklahoma for defending our passing well,” head coach Rich Manning said. “We played with good character coming back but we just weren’t sharp with our touches today.”

The Utes attacked early with Allie Wisner getting the first shot off in the seventh minute. Ford had a chance go high in the 29th minute and Kaycee Buckley was denied by the Sooner goalkeeper just a minute later.

Megan Trabert also had a nice look at goal in the waning moments of the half but missed over the bar. Shots were even after the first period, 4-4, with Lindsey Luke making four saves.

“I feel good and this is the healthiest I’ve felt since the opening weekend,” Luke stated. “Communication with the defenders has been great this season because it’s our second year together and we know each other’s style of play. We want to do well and games like today just come down to our energy level and which team wants it more.”

Utah was aggressive to start the second half with Baylee Nielsen having her best try of the afternoon hitting the post just two minutes in. However, after a corner kick for the Utes, Oklahoma countered and scored to take the lead 1-0.

Buckley looked the likeliest to score for Utah over the next 20 minutes, having three chances to even the score. The breakthrough occurred in the 79th minute as Taylor Slattery fed Ford for her second goal of the season.

Utah pressured to end regulation with Buckley, Katie Rigby and Ashton Hall all having good looks snuffed out by the Oklahoma defense.

In the first overtime, it was Nielsen and Buckley again with Utah’s best chances. However, time ran out on this day for the Utes as they earned their fourth draw of the season.

Utah finished with a 14-11 edge in shots and a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks. Luke finished with six saves after allowing her first goal of the season in 510 minutes played (0.18 GAA).

 “We had low energy today at the start,” Ford said. “But overall, we worked hard and it’s great that we came back. We just want to win so badly and now we start Pac-12 play.”

The Utes open Pac-12 play on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. against No. 12 California.



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