Senior Shauna Gurr-Bingham is also one assist away from surpassing the all-time career leader Staci Burt for career-assists. Currently Gurr-Bingham and Burt are both tied at 21 career-assists.
Oct. 24, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah (10-1-3, 3-0-1 MWC) flexed its offensive muscle as it pounded San Diego State (10-5-0, 2-2 MWC), Thursday afternoon at Ute Field. Leading the way was senior forward Shauna Gurr-Bingham, who notched her second career hat-trick. The hat-trick marked the seventh in school history.
Utah rolled to victory after scores by Gurr-Bingham, Megan Maxwell and Jen Williams. Gurr-Bingham's first goal came in the second minute of the game. Junior Bobbie Benegas fed Gurr-Bingham as she blazed one into the top-left corner of the net. Maxwell's deep 35-yard goal came off an assist from freshman Katie Battazzo. Gurr-Bingham scored the Utes' next two goals to put Utah up 4-1 late in the second half. Junior Jen Williams piled on another goal at the 83:11 mark to put the game out of reach. William's goal was assisted by teammate Lauren Field.
The Utes' defensive powerhouse performance was too much for SDSU as the Aztecs were only able to score one goal in the contest. Part of that was Utah's ability to control the ball as they outshot the Aztecs 16-6. Ute keeper Courtney Hills-McBeth finished the game with four saves.
Gurr-Bingham's hat-trick drives her past former Ute standout Lorrie Tipton for the fourth-place ranking in goals (28). The goals also improve her current third-place standing in career points total. Gurr-Bingham is ranked third (77) behind former Utes Staci Burt (97) and Amy Kofoed (108).