Senior Hailey Marsh scored her first goal of the season against Fresno State.
Sept. 8, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah, ranked 14th in the NSCAA/adidas poll, continued its excellent start with a 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Fresno State on Friday night at Ute Field. It was the Utes' first shutout of the season.
Utah (4-1-0) got a pair of second half goals from Melissa Wayman and Hailey Marsh after goalkeeper Ashley Mason helped the Utes avoid some close calls in the first half. Both teams fired 10 shots in the game, while Fresno State (3-1-1) had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Wayman, a senior from West Valley City, scored the first goal of the game in the 48th minute. Amanda Feigt fought off defenders to maintain possession in the right corner of the field, then crossed the ball into the middle of the box. Wayman was waiting there for it and sent the header past Bulldog keeper Angie Larson.
Feigt had an excellent look at a goal of her own with 10:55 remaining. But her five-yard shot toward the left side of the frame went right at the glove of Larson, who made three saves on the night.
Utah finally got the insurance goal it was looking for in the 86th minute. After a Fresno State foul gave the Utes a free kick 20 yards out on the right side, Kelly Isleib sent a nice ball into the middle of the pitch. Marsh collected it and blasted a five-yard shot into the net.
The Utes avoided an early deficit against the aggressive Bulldogs, thanks largely to the play of Mason. With just over 23 minutes to play in the first half, Alison Sill got a one-on-one opportunity with Mason after receiving a pass from Antonea Lugo. Mason aggressively came out to meet Sill and smothered the ball before she could get a shot away.
The Utes' best look at the goal in the first half came in the 32nd minute. Feigt made a nice run down the right side and crossed a ball the Chelsea Card. However, Card's 10-yard shot missed wide left.
Utah closes out a four-game home stand against No. 21 Colorado on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.