Allie Wisner scored the game-winner for the Utes
Oct. 27, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah soccer got the game-winner from Allie Wisner in the 76th minute and topped USC this afternoon, 1-0. The senior followed up a rebound to score the only goal as the Utes moved to 8-3-6, 4-2-2 in Pac-12 play.
The play of the match occurred when Ashton Hall created space on the near side and fired a shot right at the USC goalkeeper. However, Caroline Stanley tried to make a play on a short hop and the ball popped loose to Wisner. It was Wisner's fourth goal of the season and second game-winner.
"I just had to be ready because I felt I needed to score today," Wisner said. "Ashton took the shot and made the goalkeeper work to make a play. I was fortunate to be in the right place for the rebound and luckily I got enough on it."
Lindsey Luke matched the single-season shutout mark set by Ashley Mason in 2003 with her eighth blanking of the season. The redshirt sophomore made six saves as the Utes were out-shot 16-6 and did not record a corner kick.
"The credit goes to our defense today and our goalkeeper," head coach Rich Manning said. "They deserve all the praise. Obviously, Allie had a fantastic finish on Ashton's shot but our backline and Lindsey saved us today."
Utah now has an 11-match unbeaten streak at Ute Field which started last season with a 3-1 victory over Oregon. Since then, Utah is 7-0-4 while out-scoring its opponents 23-7 and posting six shutouts. Since joining the Pac-12, Utah is 20-4-4 at home.
"This place is special because of the energy it provides us," Manning said. "This is a great environment for soccer and our fans really get behind our team. We feed off of them."
"We play with pride here," Wisner added. "This is our place and we're not going to let teams come in here and get three points. Those are ours and we need them."
Kaycee Buckley had the first scoring chance for either team putting a try high in the 18th minute. Ten minutes later, Hall had a chance similar to the one she scored against UCLA on Friday, but nicked the crossbar.
Luke made two saves while Ute defenders closed down two tries to keep the game scoreless at halftime. She then made two more stops in the second half before Wisner got Utah on the board.
After the initial goal, Buckley and Katie Taylor each had quality scoring chances in the final 10 minutes off counters, while Luke stopped Jordan Marada in the 86th minute and Kayla Mills in the waning seconds.
Utah plays Arizona and Arizona State next weekend with both games scheduled to be on the Pac-12 Networks. The Utes play the Wildcats at 3 p.m. on Friday before taking on the Sun Devils at noon on Sunday.