March 15, 2012
The University of Utah women's soccer team is midway through its trip to Italy which has included stops in Rome, Siena and Florence. The Utes are undefeated in three games on the trip.
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In their first game of the trip, the Utes defeated Siena by a 2-1 score on Tuesday. Utah took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute as freshman forward Jill Robison's aggressive play down the flank resulted in an own-goal for Siena when her cross deflected off a defender's leg and in. Siena then tied the match in the 20th minute on a direct free kick from 35 yards out. Utah found the game winning goal in the 37th minute as freshman forward Katie Taylor converted a penalty kick after being taken down in the box following a long run.
Siena is a professional side who competes in Serie B. The game was played in Monteroni d'Arbia, just outside the city of Siena.
On Wednesday the Utes traveled to the Cinque Terre area of Ligouria. To compete in the inaugural Memorial Sandro Usai Women's Soccer Tournament. Usai is a fallen hero of the National Guard who lost his life last October in the flooding in that region. The Utes won both games, each 45 minutes long, to win the tournament title.
In the first game Utah tied Real Spezie, 0-0 after regulation and went to a penalty kick shootout, where the Utes were victories, 4-3. Sophomore forward Percie Allen made the winning kick. A recent addition to the team, goalkeeper Taylor Bolding, made a couple of key saves to secure the points for Utah.
In the second game, Utah defeated Valpo, 3-0. Allie Wisner got the eventual game winner as she scored off an assist from Anne Shallenberger in the 14th minute. Senior defender Lauren Porter made it a 2-0 game as put one away off a corner kick from freshman midfielder Ashton Hallin the 20th minute. Robison capped off the scoring in the 30th minute off an assist from sophomore midfielder Stephanie Lemeza. Sophomore goalkeeper Cheyanne Mulcock was credited with the shutout.