Allie Wisner tallied her second game-winning goal of the year.
Oct. 12, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's soccer team (8-4-2, 3-3-0 Pac-12) closed out its final home game of the season in style with a 3-1 victory against Oregon (6-7-2, 1-4-1 Pac-12) Friday at Ute Field. Junior midfielder Allie Wisner (Bozeman, Mont.) scored a 68th-minute header that was the eventual game-winning goal.
"This is a really important win because we had lost a couple of games and you don't want it to have a snowball effect," said Utah head coach Rich Manning. "And it's good to have some confidence going into this road stretch. But the reality is every game [in the Pac-12] is like this. Every point in this league is valuable and getting three points in the standings that no one can take away from us is what we're focused on right now."
Utah had three different players score in the game, beginning with sophomore forward Katie Taylor (Kaysville, Utah). At the 14:56 mark of the first half, Taylor won possession just past midfield, dribbled toward the Oregon goal and fired a shot from 18 yards out into the right corner of the net. It was Taylor's fourth goal of the season, tying her for the team lead, and it also marked the earliest Utah has scored in any game this season.
Oregon then tied it at 1-1 in the 21st minute as Bri Pugh fired a shot that was saved by Utah freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Luke (Corona del Mar, Calif.), but the rebound fell right in front of Kira Wagoner, who blasted it into the back of the net.
Wisner's header then broke the 1-1 tie. The Utes won a free kick at midfield and junior defender Monica Okapal lofted a long ball into the penalty box, where it glanced off the head of an Oregon defender then ricocheted off Wisner's head and into the goal. It was Wisner's second game-winning goal of the year.
Utah out-shot Oregon 21-9 overall, with shots-on-goal going 12-8 for the Utes. Utah also held a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks while fouls were whistled 8-6 against the home side. Luke finished with seven saves in the game while Steele posted nine stops.
The Utes also quietly honored Katie Martinez, the team's lone senior, who suffered a career-ending knee injury just before the start of preseason. Despite being plagued by injuries throughout her career, Martinez persevered and battled back time after time, inspiring all of her teammates and coaches.
Utah will now finish out the regular season with five consecutive games on the road, beginning Friday, Oct. 19, with a 4:30 p.m. MT game at USC. The match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.