Sophomore forward Jill Robison gave Utah its 11th win in the last 12 games at Ute Field.
SALT LAKE CITY - Sophomore Jill Robison scored her second goal of the season in the 56th minute to give the Utah women's soccer team a 1-0 win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday afternoon at Ute Field.
Utah (4-1-1) extended its unbeaten streak to five in a row. Texas (2-6-0) lost its third in a row. The first-ever meeting between the two schools was played in front of 982 fans.
"What I was most pleased with today was that the things we've worked on during the week, we executed pretty well," said Ute head coach Rich Manning. "We kept the ball better. We also were more patient in our attack and were able to attack with more numbers by slowing down a little bit. We did a pretty good job of that. We created a lot of chances and were unfortunate not to get a couple more goals."
The Utes outshot Texas 20-4 and had a 7-2 edge in shots on goal. Utah also outworked the Longhorns for a 5-1 advantage in corners. However, despite having some earlier opportunities, the Utes were held scoreless until Robison found the back of the net at the 55:30 mark.
Kaycee Buckley started the sequence, working the ball ahead from the center circle on the Longhorn end of the field up to Katie Taylor, who was 15 yards into Utah's end. Taylor flicked a low pass through the middle up ahead to Robison just inside the 18. After letting the ball take a couple of bounces and settle, Robison riffled a 9-yard shot past Ava Vogel to the lower right corner of the net.
"Kaycee and Katie did a nice job of working the ball. Katie made a nice little pass to Jill, and it was nice to see that chemistry working," said Manning about the Utes' goal. "I thought both Jill and Katie were very active today and dangerous, which is what we want to see. And it's nice to have Kaycee back. She's had a minor hamstring pull and her leg's feeling better. The more minutes she can give us, the better. She's a real catalyst for our attack."
"We had a 1-0 lead late, and we've been working on protecting a lead while still continuing to play. We did that very well today and that was another encouraging sign," Manning said.
The Utes have yet to concede a goal in three games at home this season. Over the last two years, Utah is 11-2 at Ute Field.
Utah plays its next three matches on the road. The Utes play Portland State on Friday and Boise State next Sunday in Boise, Idaho.