Katie Rigby's header was the decider as the Utes defeated Oregon
Oct. 4, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Katie Rigby's first goal as a Ute gave her side a 1-0 victory over Oregon this evening. The sophomore's header in the second half pushed the Utes to 5-1-5 on the season, 1-0-1 in Pac-12 play.
“We’ve been working hard on our finishing, especially on set pieces specifically like the one tonight,” head coach Rich Manning said. “It’s good to see the practice pay off. Rigby has a knack of getting on the end of passes and being precise with her finishing. I don’t think that’s the last of her set-piece goals. Taylor is so versatile and her service on set pieces is just another facet to her game."
After a foul on the Ducks in the 70th minute and a yellow card to Bri Pugh, Katie Taylor's free kick from the left side found a cutting Rigby. The sophomore headed the ball into the net for a 1-0 Ute lead. Oregon thought they had tied the game just four minutes later. Unfortunately, the refs ruled the play offside and the Utes muted the Duck attack for the rest of the contest.
"It was good individual defending tonight as Oregon has good dribblers,” Manning added. “Our defense has been one of our strengths all season and everyone has been working well together in the back. Oregon is a good team and very organized. It was great to play a tight game and get the win.”
Utah attacked from the onset with Kaycee Buckley, Taylor Slattery and Ashton Hall all attempting shots in the first eight minutes. After a pair of chances for the Ducks, Buckley, Avery Ford and Allie Wisner had tries for the Utes during a two-minute span. Unfortunately, nothing was successful and the game remained scoreless.
Oregon had the better chances during the remainder of the half with Lindsey Luke making two crucial saves. She finished with three in the half but Utah held the edge in total shots, 7-5.
In the second half, the first 15 minutes went by without much action but in the 61st, Taylor flashed a try high of the Ducks goal. After Hall had a shot blocked, the ball rolled to Taylor who fired one on frame that was saved by UO's Abby Steele.
"It was just a great ball from Katie," Rigby said. "I barely got to it and that's how perfect her service was. She deserves all the credit for the goal because I was just in the right place at the right time. It's a good feeling to get the goal but it's better to get the win. It feels like all of our games have been going to overtime so ending it in 90 minutes was great."
Luke earned her sixth shutout of the season by making three saves. Utah had a 12-7 edge in shots but Oregon countered with a 3-1 advantage in corners.
“I feel Jenny Hutton has been an absolute monster for us in the back,” Manning said. “She plays a complete game, she’s a leader, and she is playing with a lot of confidence and urgency. Her move to the middle has been a seamless transition and that’s a credit to her. I also thought Ashton had a big game. She took advantage of space on the wings and both her shooting and crossing created a lot of chances.”
Utah is back in action on Sunday when it hosts Oregon State at 1 p.m. to close a five-week homestand.