Sept. 28, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Washington State women's soccer got dealt their first conference loss of the 2012 season as they could not hold on to the lead and fell to Utah 2-1, Friday.
The Cougars (6-3-1) dominated the field of play for almost 98 minutes, had the lead, took twice as many shots as their counterpart, but lost the game that culminated in an overtime battle.
Throughout the match WSU had a plethora of opportunities to score; it racked up 23 shots on the day, 11 of which were shots on goal. Utah's goalkeeper Lindsey Luke stayed busy disrupting Washington State's efforts and was credited with a career-high 10 saves.
The first point of the game did not come until the 82nd minute of action when sophomore Beau Bremer took a through-ball fed by redshirt-junior Kayla Johnson, beat the keeper and put the Cougars up 1-0. The WSU goal was the first that the Utes have conceded at home this season.
Just as the game appeared to be in the books, Utah's Harley Spier answered with a late equalizer. With only 1:35 remaining, Spier picked up her first goal of the season by heading in a ball off of a free kick to bring the score to 1-1 and send the game to overtime.
In overtime, it took 7:51 for the Utes to seize the lead and clinch the win. Utah's Avery Ford set-up teammate Katie Taylor with a through-ball that was perfectly positioned for Taylor to sprint past her defender, barely beat a sliding Gurveen Clair, Washington State's goalkeeper, and chip in the game-winner.
"We just didn't come out with the right energy and therefore gave up the soft goal at the end" stated Cougar head coach Keidane McAlpine about his team's overtime efforts. "We should have been better, I think they deserve better today. We played very well for the majority of the game and we deserved a better result."
The Cougars controlled the run of play throughout the game and outplayed the Utes in almost every category. In regulation, WSU's 23 shots were more than triple the six that Utah picked up, they had more corners (4-3) and fouled less (9-10).
Utah leads the all-time series 5-3-1, including a record of 3-1-0 in Salt Lake City...the loss broke an eight-match unbeaten streak in overtime for Washington State...three of Beau Bremer's four career-goals have tied the match or give the Cougars the lead...WSU faces Colorado, Sunday, at 1:30 Pacific in Boulder, Colo.