Adele Letro scored two goals, including the game-winner Friday night
Sept. 15, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - It was déjà vu all over again for the University of Utah and Idaho State University women's soccer teams Friday night at Ute Field. The Utes took a 3-2, overtime victory over the Bengals The contest was eerily similar to a 3-2, double-overtime win over ISU in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament at Ute Field.
On Friday night, more than one aspect of the game had to be haunting for Idaho State. In last season's NCAA Tournament game, Utah trailed 2-1 before tying the score on a controversial goal late in the contest to force overtime. Ditto for Friday night. And, just like the end of last season, Utah ended up with a 3-2 victory in extra time Friday.
Utah grabbed a 1-0 lead in Friday night's match, which was delayed nearly two hours due to lightning in the area. Ute sophomore Kelly Isleib (Park City, Utah) saw her shot ricochet off a defender in the 21st minute. The ball ended up on the foot of freshman Erin Dalley (Centerville, Utah), who found junior Adele Letro (Davis, Calif.) all alone in front of a wide open net.
But just five minutes later, Sandy, Utah native Michelle Okumura tied things up for Idaho State. Okumura took a pass from Orem, Utah product Natalie Graham and beat Utah keeper Lynzee Lee to the bottom right corner to make it 1-1.
The score was tied 1-1 at the intermission, despite Utah controlling much of the contest. The Utes out-shot the Bengals 14-7 in the first half.
Utah was even more dominant in the second half, out-shooting Idaho State 11-2. But one of those Bengal shots found the back of the net. Kalie McGuire poked in a beautiful header off a free kick from Kilee Quigley, giving ISU a 2-1 lead with a little more than 16 minutes left to play.
Utah had numerous chances in the second half. But the Utes couldn't break through against Idaho State goalkeeper Maren Eves, who made nine saves in the contest.
Neither team really threatened through the remainder of regulation play. In overtime, Utah was the aggressor. Letro scored her second goal of the game and her sixth of the season in the seventh minute of overtime. The goal was set up by a long pass from senior defender Amanda Sanchez (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.). She got the ball to freshman Lauren Hair (Alpine, Utah), who was in front of the goal on the right side. When Eves came out to take away Hair's shot attempt, she was able to slide the ball over to Letro, who was once again all alone in front of a wide open net for the game-winner.
Utah out-shot Idaho State 27-9 in the contest. The Utes also held a 13-4 edge in shots on goal.
Utah is back in action again Sunday afternoon, hosting Oregon. Kickoff for the Utes-Ducks matchup is slated for 1 p.m. at Ute Field.