Freshman forward Katie Taylor scored her first career goal in the 3-0 win against USC.
Oct. 28, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's soccer team (9-8-1, 5-4-Pac-12) ran their home win streak to seven games with a 3-0 shutout of USC (6-12-0, 3-6 Pac-12) Friday night at Ute Field. Freshman Katie Taylor scored her first career goal less than two minutes into the match and it became the eventual game winner.
Taylor gave the Utes a 1-0 lead just 1:58 into the game and they never looked back. Senior forward Erin Dalley played a cross into the USC box that deflected off a Trojan defender and fell to Taylor, who buried it into the bottom right corner of the net. Taylor becomes the 11th different Ute to score a goal this season, the eighth to net her first career goal during this campaign, and the fourth Ute whose debut goal was also a game-winning strike.
"Katie was opportunistic on a missed clearance and that early goal really energized us," said Utah head coach Rich Manning. "We hadn't scored in a couple of games and that gave the whole team a lot of energy. It was still a good learning experience for our young team, to take a lead early and still have most of the game to play. You have to keep playing and manage the other team's push to come back and tie, and I thought we did a good job of that."
Utah got its third goal just over a minute later as Dalley netted her sixth goal of the season. After receiving a pass from Wall, who tallied her second assist of the game and third of the season, Dalley was loose on a breakaway and made good on her scoring chance.
During Utah's seven-game home win streak, the team is averaging more than 2.4 goals per game, while allowing just 0.4 per contest. The Utes have scored three goals four times in that stretch, while also recording four shutouts. The seven-game home win streak is the longest since the Utes won 10 consecutive home contests in 2006. Utah was unbeaten at home in 2007 with a 7-0-1 mark, but the win streak was broken by a mid-season draw.
Friday's shutout marked the sixth of the year for Utah, and the third combined clean sheet for senior goalkeeper Hannah Turpen, who started the game, and sophomore Cheyanne Mulcock, who came on at halftime. Turpen made two saves and was credited with the win. Mulcock made four stops, including a world-class reaction save diving to her right, off a perfectly-struck free kick from Ashli Sandoval. USC goalkeeper Carley Pennington made two saves in the game.
USC outshot Utah 16-6 overall, but shots-on-goal were tied at 6-6. The Women of Troy took six corner kicks to the Utes' two, while fouls were whistled 14-10 against the visitors.
Utah won't have to wait long to put its seven-match home win streak back on the line as No. 6-ranked UCLA comes to Ute Field on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.