Taylor Slattery scored her third game-winner of the season this evening
Nov. 1, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - Taylor Slattery scored the game-winner in double overtime as Utah earned a crucial victory on the road this evening at Arizona, 1-0. With their first win in the desert since 2007, the Utes improved to 9-3-6, 5-2-2 in Pac-12 play.
"It was a competitive test for us and I loved the way the team played," head coach Rich Manning said. "We rose to the occasion and defended well. The game was going to be won by something quality and Taylor provided that."
After Arizona had the better chances in the first overtime, Utah made their one attack count in the second stanza. Slattery was able to break free from her marker and fire one into the top left corner for the decider. It was the freshman's third goal in league play and third game-winner of the season.
"Every day our coaches tell us to play with confidence," Slattery said. "I got the flick from Avery and I was free so I ripped it into the corner. We just want to keep playing for each other. I wanted to get the goal for the team, not for me."
Lindsey Luke picked up her ninth shutout of the season, setting the school record in the process. The reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week made eight saves, three in overtime, to preserve the clean sheet.
At the start of the contest, Jenny Hutton had an attempt blocked and after two corner kicks, Ashton Hall shot high. Allie Wisner had the first look at goal but was denied by UA keeper Gabby Kaufman in the 23rd minute.
Luke was called into action in the 28th when Jazmin Ponce forced a save from the sophomore. UA's leading scorer was denied again four minutes later by Luke, who also stopped Haley Silverberg in the waning moments of the period.
Utah was aggressive out of the break with a try from Hall blocked to create a corner kick. On the ensuing attempt, Katie Taylor was stopped by Kaufman. Slattery had a look at goal go wide in the 52nd, Megan Trabert followed with one high in the 63rd and Harley Spier narrowly missed a minute later.
The Utes continued to apply pressure as Hall was stopped in the 78th minute but UA forced Luke to make two great saves in the following minutes. The sophomore denied Jaden Degracie on the initial try and then made a point-blank stop on Ponce.
At the other end, Kaufman had to be alert in order to make consecutive saves on Taylor and Baylee Nielsen with two minutes left in regulation.
In overtime, Luke was called upon to make a pair of stops on Lexe Selman before stopping Candace Edwards as the first overtime came to a close.
Utah is back in action on Sunday at noon at Arizona State. That game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network