Megan Trabert's two early goals set the stage for some late Utah heroics
Oct. 13, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Katie Taylor capped an amazing contest with her team-leading fifth goal of the season as Utah captured a 4-3 overtime win this afternoon at Washington State.
"It just goes to show that when you put it on frame, good things happen," head coach Rich Manning said. "You just have to make the goalie try and save it. We have had games where we didn't accomplish that. It was a surreal game with each team showing scoring flourishes. I think to win on the road by scoring goals and playing aggressively shows the hard work that the team has put in and the progress made by the program."
Taylor, who scored the overtime winner against WSU last season, notched her second-game winner in 2013 when her chip from the right side of the field fell inside the far post in the 104th minute. It was the first overtime win for the Utes this season after tying their first five times.
"It was an uncommon situation, but not unheard of," Manning said. "When you get up a lot early, the other team pushes back. We knew it was coming but credit to them for capitalizing. I think it's human nature to exhale after you expend so much energy fighting back. We just stayed calm and waited for opportunities."
For Utah, it was their first conference win on the road since their inaugural contest at Oregon in 2011. Since then, Utah was 0-10-1 having been out-scored 24-2. The goals for Utah today were their first on the road since Aug. 23, the first weekend of the season.
Meanwhile, WSU was 4-0 at home in 2013 and over the last two years, the Cougars were 14-1 in Pullman, with a 39-3 goal differential. Also, WSU had not allowed a goal at home, and only five all season. They allowed four to the Utes this afternoon.
WSU started out on the attack hitting the post in the second minute and forcing three good saves out of goalkeeper Lindsey Luke. However, Utah was the one to draw first blood off a corner kick.
One minute later, Trabert headed home a second goal off a corner by Jenny Hutton. Trabert's only other goal coming into the game was against Washington last season.
"Those were our normal set pieces, Megan just made fantastic plays," Manning added. "WSU is so good in the aerial game and for her two get two, those are just great goals."
After Hall had a tried blocked out for another corner kick, the Utes capitalized for a third time off a set piece. Hall's corner was played into the box by Hutton and after a touch by Baylee Nielsen, Slattery pushed her shot past the inside post for a 3-0 advantage.
That was the margin going into halftime as Luke made three more saves to keep the Cougars off the board. However, the aggressiveness by the home side was a sign of things to come.
After Taylor had Utah's first offensive chance of the second half, WSU snapped into life. Jocelyn Jeffers, Susie White and Nicole Setterlund all scored during an 11-minute span to even the game at 3-3.
"Credit to our older players who were getting the team together after the third goal," Manning said. "We hang in there and that leadership from the upperclassmen like Allie Wisner, Jenny and Harley Spier allows us to weather the storm and settle back in."
The Utes' best chance at winning in regulation came almost immediately after the Cougars had tied the score. Rigby got to a cross off a free kick and nicked it high.
Luke made another save in the 89th minute to make sure the game went to an extra session. The sophomore made eight saves as WSU out-shot Utah 18-7 and held an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.
The Utes travel to Palo Alto next weekend and take on No. 5 Stanford on Friday at 8 p.m.