Utah falls to 10-2-1 in Mountain West play all-time under Rich Manning.
Oct. 7, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - UNLV's Angie Inzana bounced a soft cross over Ute goalkeeper Ashley Mason in the 70th minute to give the Rebels a 1-0 win over Utah in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams on Thursday afternoon at Ute Field. Utah suffered its first loss at home this season, falling to 5-1-1 at Ute Field.
Utah (7-4-1, 0-1-0 MWC) outshot the Rebels 16-5, had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks, and forced keeper Jenna Huff to make six saves. However, UNLV got a lucky bounce that changed the course of the game as Inzana crossed the ball left-to-right from 10 yards out. Mason came out to make a play on the ball, only to have it take a high bounce over her hands and into the back of the net on the right side.
With a 1-0 lead, UNLV (8-2-2, 1-0-0 MWC) packed it in defensively for the remaining 20 minutes to hold on for the win. It was only Utah's second loss in Mountain West play in three seasons under Rich Manning, who directed the Utes to the conference title with a 6-0-0 mark in 2003.
The Utes did all but score in the first half, outshooting UNLV 8-1. The Utes had a pair of corner kicks that were turned away, and a shot by Julie Herdic was denied by Huff with less than three minutes to play in the opening period.
After the goal was scored, Utah was unable to convert a pair of excellent scoring opportunities. With 17:12 to play, sophomore forward Hailey Marsh fired a shot from 15 yards out on the left side that Huff smothered. Sophomore forward Amanda Feigt shook free 20 yards out on the left side with 3:06 remaining, but sent the shot high over the bar.
Kim Lloyd had two shots on the goal for the Utes. Mason made three saves, playing the entire 90 minutes in goal.
The Utes continue Mountain West play against San Diego on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Ute Field.