Allie Wisner is now tied for the team lead with five goals
Nov. 3, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - Utah soccer suffered its first overtime loss of the season losing in the second extra session this afternoon at Arizona State, 2-1. The Utes head to into the regular-season finale at 9-4-6, 5-3-2 in Pac-12 play.
"I'm proud of our performance today but we ran up against a team that needed to win," head coach Rich Manning said. "We've improved our road attitude from last season and today was a great indicator of that. We are disappointed in the result but can take definitely take positives away from the performance. Hopefully, we can end the season Friday on a high note."
Allie Wisner's fifth goal of the season provided the breakthrough with a little over 15 minutes left in regulation. The senior got her foot to a cross by Jill Robison as the ball popped in the air and over the head of the ASU goalkeeper. It was good work by the Utes who kept the ball in the offensive end off a corner, creating the chance.
Utah seemed to be in great shape to capture its first win ever in Tempe but on ASU's sixth corner kick of the match, Rachael Ritter delivered a perfect ball to Kaitlyn Pavlovich. The senior headed home her third goal of the season just inside the post to force an extra session.
ASU would eventually win the game as a mix-up in the back allowed Cali Farquharson to have a look at an empty net. The sophomore scored her 10th goal of the season, first in league play to win the contest for the Sun Devils.
"We did a lot of great things as far as keeping the ball and creating chances," Manning stated. "However, we didn't capitalize on the good looks. We probably had three, maybe four real looks at scoring another goal but we couldn't find it."
After Lindsey Luke stopped Holland Crook to start the match, Utah's first scoring chance arrived when Katie Taylor forced a save from ASU's Chandler Morris. At the end of the half, Harley Spier made Morris make another play in goal to keep the match scoreless at intermission.
After getting on the board, Kaycee Buckley had a chance sail over the bar in the 75th and Ashton Hall missed high in the 88th. ASU continued their pressure after scoring the equalizer as Luke made her first save of the half on Devin Marshall with one minute remaining.
In the first overtime, Utah created the best chance as Friday's hero Taylor Slattery slammed one off the post midway through the stanza. Action was back-and-forth as Luke had to be quick on another denial of Marshall and at the other end of the pitch Buckley had an attempt blocked away.
Utah continued to create in the second overtime as Ford was blocked twice on tries at the onset. However, Farquharson pounced on a mistake in the back for the game-winner.
The Utes conclude the regular season Friday against Colorado. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with kick off scheduled for 2 p.m.