Senior forward Lauren Hair scored her team-leading third goal of the year.
Oct. 1, 2010
USAFA, Colo. - The University of Utah women's soccer team (3-10, 1-0 MWC) got off to a solid start in league play Friday with a 1-0 victory at Air Force (7-5-1, 0-1 MWC). The victory marked the first shutout recorded by the Utes this season.
"We've talked for the last couple weeks about this being a new season and fresh start for us," said Utah head coach Rich Manning. "We are 1-0 in the conference and it's a great way begin league play. To get our first shutout and a win on the road is a fantastic start for us and we will keep building on this."
Utah got the only goal it would need from senior forward Lauren Hair in the 39th minute as she tallied her third goal of the season and her first game-winner of the year. Hair finished the game with six shots, putting four on goal.
"I thought Lauren was the most dominant player on the field tonight," said Manning. "She took a bunch of shots, created all three of our corner kicks and put in two or three crosses that set up chances for us. She really had big impact on the game tonight."
Junior goalkeeper Hannah Turpen, who returned to the Utah net after missing last weekend's games with an injury, made six saves in goal to earn her first shutout of the year and the eighth of her career. Kelly Stambaugh made nine saves for Air Force.
"Hannah did a great job tonight after coming back from injury," said Manning. "She made some good saves, including a heads-up play right at the end of the game. She was good in the air tonight too, she came out on a few crosses and did a great job to get her first shutout of the year."
The Utes outshot Air Force 16-11 overall, with shots on goal going 10-6 in Utah's favor. Air Force held the edge in corner kicks, 4-3, while fouls were whistled 10-4 against the Falcons.
Utah is back in action Sunday as it hosts Oregon State in its final non-conference contest of the year. Kickoff at Ute Field is slated for 1 p.m. MT.