Adele Letro scored twice Sunday at Washington State
Sept. 9, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - The University of Utah women's soccer team played to a 3-3, double-overtime tie Sunday at Washington State. The Utes had leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 during regulation play, but the Cougars found a way to tie things up three times.
Utah (1-2-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second minute. Junior Adele Letro (Davis, Calif.) scored an unassisted goal, beating the keeper from seven yards out. The next 43 minutes passed with no additional scoring and the Utes led 1-0 at intermission.
But in the second half, the flood gates opened at both ends of the field.
Washington State (2-0-1) tied things up early in the half on an unassisted goal from Brooke Bemis. Utah freshman Lauren Hair (Alpine, Utah) scored on a cross from Katy Reineke (Salt Lake City) seven minutes later to give the Utes the lead for a second time. It was Hair's first collegiate goal.
Four minutes later, Allison Scurich scored on a header for the Cougars to tie things at 2-2. With just more than 11 minutes left in the contest Letro found the back of the net again, scoring from point-blank range on the right side of the goal to put Utah up 3-2. With just six minutes remaining, Kiersten Dallstream found a way to put the ball past Ute goalkeeper Lynzee Lee. Dallstream was seated on the ground in the left side of the box, when she tied the contest at 3-3.
Two overtime periods passed without a goal being scored to see the game officially go down as a tie.
"I was proud of the way our team battled today," Utah head coach Rich Manning said. "We scored three goals by defending them and really pressuring Washington State into some turnovers."
The tie with WSU wrapped up a four-game road swing to open the season for Utah. Manning said his team is looking forward to getting off the road.
Utah opens the home portion of its schedule Friday, when the Utes host Idaho State at Ute Field. Kickoff for that match is slated for 7:30 p.m.