Senior forward Erin Dalley scored her third game-winning goal of the year as Utah's defeated No. 18 Oregon State.
Oct. 14, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Senior forward Erin Dalley buried a header off a corner kick from freshman midfielder Ashton Hall to lift the Utah women's soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory over No. 18 Oregon State Friday at Ute Field. It was Dalley's third game-winning goal of the year as a season-high crowd of 1,012 watched the Utes win their sixth consecutive home match.
"We played with tremendous heart and fight tonight and I didn't expect any less," said head coach Rich Manning, when asked about bouncing back from last weekend's losses. "There are still some parts of the game we can be better and we got tired toward the end of regulation, but we were resilient and we found a way to win the game. The break before overtime was good. We got a chance to reset and put some fresh legs on the field, and the players responded."
After a physical 0-0 battle through 90 minutes of regulation, it took Utah (8-6-1, 4-2 Pac-12) less than two minutes to find the back of the net in overtime. At 91:51, Dalley registered her fifth goal of the season, while Hall, who had just re-entered the match as a substitute between regulation and the start of overtime, was credited with her second career assist.
The corner kick was the second consecutive set play for the Utes, as just seconds before, Hall took a corner that resulted in a shot by freshman forward Jill Robison, stopped only by a great diving effort from OSU goalkeeper Colleen Boyd, who deflected it out of bounds. The resulting corner kick was the Beavers' undoing as Dalley collected the eighth game-winning goal of her career.
"It's tough to lose games and then come back strong, but we trained really hard with great focus this week and we got redemption from last weekend," said Dalley. "We take pride in playing at home and we want to defend our home field. It's a tough place for teams to play and we are proud of that."
Senior goalkeeper Hannah Turpen made five saves to preserve the shutout, her third of the season and second in Pac-12 play. Turpen made elite saves in both halves to keep Oregon State (10-4-1, 4-2 Pac-12) off the board. In the first half she made a terrific reaction save, diving to her right on a blast from less than 15 yards out by Jenna Richardson. In the second half, she dove to her left to keep a header out of the net after a well-placed corner kick nearly gave the Beavers the advantage. Boyd finished the game with four saves for Oregon State.
Oregon State out-shot Utah 13-9 overall, but shots-on-goal were even at 5-5. Corner kicks were also even at 4-4, while fouls were whistled 12-11 against the Beavers.
Utah picked up its first overtime victory since Oct. 16, 2010. The Utes are now 1-0-1 in overtime this year after playing to a 0-0 draw in their season opener on the road at Cal State Fullerton. Utah improves to an all-time mark of 18-6-17 (.646) in overtime matches.
The Utes are back in action Friday, Oct. 21, as they travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to face No. 1 Stanford. They will then head to Berkeley for a Sunday match against California, currently receiving Top-25 votes and ranked as high as No. 17 earlier this year.