Kiley Jones had two shots in Utah's win over Utah State.
Sept. 24, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - SALT LAKE CITY - As one would expect from instate rivals, Utah and Utah State flat out got after each other on Sunday afternoon at Ute Field. They were whistled for a combined 29 fouls.
But an own goal by Utah State in the 83rd minute was the difference in the outcome, giving the Utes a 1-0 victory in front of nearly 700 fans that enjoyed the sunshine and a great battle.
Utah got its second consecutive win to improve to 6-4. Utah State fell to 3-6, taking its sixth loss in the last seven games. But the Aggies' record is a bit deceiving since four of those games have been decided by one goal with two going to overtime.
The own goal came after a Utah State foul set up a free kick. Utah's Kelly Isleib served the ball in from 30 yards out on the left side of the field. Jessica Darrow misplayed the ball off of her thigh and into the net.
Utah outshot the Aggies 7-2 in the second half and had pressured the Utah State defense for about a four-minute stretch before the own goal went in.
With 11:50 to play Melissa Crepo had a header that went wide right. Then a little over a minute and a half later, a Ute corner kick resulted in two consecutive headers by Melissa Wayman that were narrowly kept out of the net by Aggie defenders.
Before the Utah barrage, a yellow card on Wayman in the 74th minute set up one of Utah State's best scoring chances. The free kick on the right side of the field just beyond the 18 almost hit a cutting Charlsie Harris, who had slipped in tight.
Shannon Ross had a good look at the frame for Utah State with 2:50 to play. But Ute keeper Lynzee Lee swallowed up her 15-yard shot.
Lee, a redshirt freshman from Kalispell, Mont., made her first start in place of Ashley Mason. Lee made two saves while playing the entire 90 minutes to get her first career win. Ali Griffin made four saves while playing the entire game in goal for Utah State.
The Utes sized-up some nice shots of their own. Whitney Dorsey had a 10-yard shot blocked by Lindsey Smart with 6:45 to play in the half. Then with 35 seconds left on the clock, Jen Christoffers wound up for a 20-yard blast on the left side that was stopped by Griffin just in front of the frame.
Adele Letro looked like she was going to break the scoreless tie with just under 31 minutes remaining in the second half. Letro had a wide-open look from 10 yards out on the left side, but had a tight angle to overcome and rattled the ball off the far post.
Utah continues its four-game home stand against Pepperdine on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Ute Field. The Utes then open Mountain West Conference play against UNLV on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. and BYU on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.