Katy Reineke sparked the Utes to a come-from-behind win Saturday night.
Sept. 22, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - A cold rainy night was looking even more miserable for the University of Utah women's soccer team a little more than 60 minutes into its contest with Washington Saturday night.
The Utes trailed the Huskies 2-0 in the 62nd minute. But then Ute junior Katy Reineke (Salt Lake City) began making a difference. She scored a pair of goals to tie the contest at 2-2. Then late in the contest, Reineke fed junior Adele Letro (Davis, Calif.) a nice pass to set up the game-winner, giving Utah a 3-2, come-from-behind victory.
"We have a lot of firepower on this team and many players capable of winning the game for us," Utah head coach Rich Manning said. "Katy Reineke is one of those players and she gave a world-class effort tonight."
Washington controlled much of the action in the first half and took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. The Huskies had a corner kick skip through the box on the wet turf and end up on the foot of Nikki Murray, who put it into the upper left corner. Early in the second half, the weather was a factor in another Washington goal. McKenna Waitley got a good look from 15 and shot it right at Lynzee Lee (Kalispell, Mont.), the Utes' sophomore keeper. Lee was in position and got her hands on the ball, but it slipped right through her hands and into the net for a 2-0 Husky lead.
But just three minutes later, Reineke injected some life into the Utes. She took a free kick from the right side, about 35 yards away and powered it into the top right corner of the goal. Washington goalkeeper Taylor Carr never had a play on the ball.
"I like free kicks and I was confident when I kicked it," Reineke said. "Once we scored our first goal, we kept working hard making sure to move the ball and get touches."
Neither team really threatened again, until the 82nd minute. After a Washington foul, Utah got a quick restart from junior Jen Christoffers (Phoenix, Ariz.). Reineke took Christoffers' pass and found Letro in front of the goal in the box. But Letro had a defender on her. She shoot the defender, moved in to point blank range and buried the game-winner past Carr.
""I just had momentum from Katy's first two goals and I didn't want to go into overtime," Letro said of her ninth goal and third game-winner of the season. "I was just feeling it and it worked out."
Washington was unable to get a shot off in the final eight minutes and Utah picked up its fourth straight victory.