Hailey Marsch scored the Utes' goal against BYU, her fifth of the season.
Oct. 30, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - Brigham Young defeated Utah 2-1 in front of 1,186 fans on Saturday afternoon at Ute Field. It was the final game of the regular season for both teams.
With the loss, Utah (11-5-2, 3-2-1 MWC) finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference standings. BYU (7-9-4, 3-1-2 MWC) moved into a tie for second place with San Diego State.
Carolyn Swenson opened the scoring for BYU in the 21st minute. Swenson took a pass from Jamie Rendich and punched into the lower left corner of the net from 10 yards out. Both teams took six shots and had three corner kicks in the first half.
Trailing 1-0, Utah put the pressure on BYU keeper Erika Woodbury early in the second half. After Whitney Dorsey missed a shot wide right 12 minutes out of halftime, Hailey Marsh got the Utes on the board 30:32 into the second half. Utah got the ball in deep on a cross by Amanda Feigt. Marsh was able to keeping the ball away from three nearby BYU defenders, getting a shot away off her knee from five yards out on the right side.
The Cougars took the momentum away from the Utes a little over a minute later. Krissa Reinbold hit Brooke Bowman, who beat Utah goalkeeper Ashley Mason from 10 yards away, putting the ball into the lower right corner 76:58 in.
Despite getting a few other nice looks and outshooting BYU 11-8 in the second half, the Utes were unable to score the rest of the way. Utah finished with a 17-14 advantage in the shots and a 6-5 edge in corners for the game. Both Mason and Woodbury made four saves in goal.
Utah will be the No. 4 seed in the MWC Tournament, which begins on Wednesday afternoon at BYU's South Stadium. The Utes will face No. 5 seed Wyoming in the first round.
UNLV captured the MWC regular-season championship by going on the road to defeat San Diego State 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. San Diego State and BYU tied for second place, but BYU won the tiebreaker for the No. 2 seed in next week's conference championships on goal differential. The Mountain West Conference office will announce complete tournament pairings and game times on Sunday afternoon.