Sophomore forward Ashton Hall scored her first career goal in Utah's 1-1 double-overtime draw at Boise State.
Sept. 16, 2012
BOISE, Idaho - The University of Utah women's soccer team (5-1-2) wrapped up non-conference play with a 1-1 draw at Boise State (4-5-1) on Sunday, extending its unbeaten streak to seven games. Sophomore forward Ashton Hall (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) tallied her first career goal for the Utes.
Utah drew first blood in the 23rd minute as Hall won a loose ball in traffic and buried it from eight yards out, giving the Utes a 1-0 lead.
Rebe Wolverton then tied the game at 1-1 in the 53rd minute as she registered her second goal of the season. Lauren Hickock got the assist as she played a through-ball to Wolverton, who found herself one-on-one with Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke (Coronoa del Mar, Calif.) and slotted it past her for the equalizer.
In the ensuing overtime periods, neither team was able to put a shot on goal, despite the Broncos taking four shots to Utah's two.
"I was really proud of the team and the way our players battled today," said Utah head coach Rich Manning. "There's no question that after Boise State equalized they were pushing hard with the home crowd behind them. I thought we worked hard to get the game back and going our way again. And I was really pleased with several players who stepped up and gave us a chance to win, including [sophomore midfielder] McKell Wall (West Haven, Utah), [sophomore defender] Sarah Duncan (Springville, Utah) and [junior forward] Jen Ericson (West Sacramento, Calif.). We created enough chances, we just have to be more precise with that final touch. We have to put more shots on frame and make the goalie make saves."
Luke and her Boise State counterpart Maddy McDevitt each made one save in the game. Boise State out-shot the Utes 16-13 overall but both teams struggled to find the frame, with shots-on-goal going 3-2 in Utah's favor. Utah earned eight corner kicks to BSU's six, while fouls were whistled 8-6 against the home side.
Utah and Boise State each finished with a 1-0-1 record at the Soccer Etc./Nike Classic. The Utes had recorded a 2-0 win over Portland State on Friday while the Broncos posted a 2-1 victory over Nebraska-Omaha in the night-cap.
Utah finishes non-conference play on a seven-game unbeaten streak that consisted of a 3-0-0 record at home, a 1-0-2 mark in true road contests and a 1-0-0 record in neutral-site games.
"I have been very pleased with the development of the team through non-conference play," said Manning. "We began preseason with a lot of new players and several returning players who didn't have a lot of experience, so we wanted to find out who we are and how good we could be. The players have done a fantastic job of sticking together, getting better week to week and meeting challenges head-on. In that sense, I'm really proud of them. I think our team defending has been fantastic and that's with two new goalkeepers and four new defenders in front of them. We have built a good foundation for success in conference play and beyond."
The Utes open up Pac-12 Conference play next week as they head to Corvallis, Ore. for a Sept. 21 match-up at Oregon State. Kickoff is slated for an 8:30 p.m. MT. Utah then returns home for five consecutive games at Ute Field, beginning Sept. 28 against Washington State. That game will kick off at 1 p.m. MT and will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.