Kaycee Buckley tied for the team lead in shots
Oct. 11, 2013
SEATTLE, Utah - Utah dropped its first contest in over a month as it fell at Washington this evening, 1-0. The Utes also suffered their initial defeat in Pac-12 play and now stand at 6-2-5, 2-1-1 in league play.
“We were good, but just did not play as well as we would have liked,” head coach Rich Manning said. “It’s hard to win on the road in this league and we have to figure it out.
Lindsey Luke, who leads the nation in goals-against average and save percentage, made eight saves for the Utes, four in each half. However, the Huskies got the winner almost 10 minutes into the second half from Havana McElvaine. Off a cleared corner, the freshman defender scored her first collegiate goal when she hit a rocket from 35 yards out.
“Lindsey made some big saves and distributed the ball well,” Manning said. “I thought Harley came in and gave us a nice energy boost in the second half. Jenny really helped create chances for us as well while also being her usual, steady self in the back.”
Utah earned its first corner of the match just three minutes into the contest but did not get its first shot until Ashton Hall sent one high in the 15th. Utah was quiet offensively for most of the period until Baylee Nielsen had a shot blocked in the final minute that resulted in a corner. Unfortunately, the half ran out without the Utes registering a shot on goal.
Utah was better in the second half, creating scoring chances through Nielsen in the 47th and Katie Taylor in the 48th. After the UW goal, Allie Wisner was denied in the 65th and after a corner, Taylor was stopped again by Husky goalkeeper Megan Kufeld.
“I’m proud of the effort and determination shown in the second half when we were trying to equalize,” Manning stated. “It’s unfortunate we did not tie it up. Washington played well and they’re rounding into form. We will take the lessons from tonight and apply them against a good Washington State team.”
The Utes are back in action on Sunday at noon against Washington State. That game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.