Kiley Jones scored Utah's lone goal Saturday.
Nov. 3, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Utah women's soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to Wyoming Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both squads. With a win, the Utes could have secured the No. 2 seed and a first-round by ein next week's Mountain West Conference Championship tournament. Instead, Utah will play in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday.
But the Utes lost a pair of players to red cards and played much of the second half with less than a full allotment of 11 players. Junior Amanda Sanchez was disqualified from the game more than 35 minutes remaining in the contest. Senior Melissa Crespo earned her red card with 14:27 remaining.
After a scoreless first half, Wyoming's Lain Hubbard scored the first goal of the contest to give the Cowgirls a 1-0 lead. Utah senior Kiley Jones scored her second goal of the season midway through the half, tying things at 1-1.
But Wyoming used its one-player advantage to grab a 2-1 lead on an Amanda Lathrop goal. Tamika Wilson scored a pair of goals in the final minutes, with Utah down two players.
"We're disappointed with the result," Utah head coach Rich Manning said. "The two red cards really changed the game and put us in a tough situation. We fought hard, but we weren't able to salvage a result. Wyoming played well and we congratulate them. We'll just have to lick our wounds and get ready for the conference tournament."
The MWC Championship tournament is slated for Wednesday-Saturday in Provo, Utah at South Field on the campus of BYU.