Senior forward Kim Lloyed scored her third goal of the season against Air Force.
Nov. 2, 2005
LAS VEGAS - Top-seeded Utah took care of business in its opening game of the Mountain West Conference Championship on Wednesday afternoon, getting a 3-0 over eighth-seeded Air Force in the quarterfinals.
Utah (14-5-1) won for the seventh time in its last eight games and will face fifth-seeded New Mexico in the semifinals on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. (PST). Air Force, which kept it a one-goal game for the first 68 minutes, finished its season at 4-16-1.
The Utes out shot the Falcons 24-3 and set up all four corner kicks in the game. Twelve of Utah's 24 shots were on goal. Ute goalkeeper Ashley Mason made two saves, while her counterpart Erin Wallace was forced to make 10 stops.
Utah got on the board in the 26th minute with Reineke's third goal of the season. Melissa Crespo drove down the middle of the field and connected with Letro, who volleyed a pass into the middle of the box. Reineke fired the shot into the right corner of the goal.
In the 69th minute, Sanchez notched her first goal of the season just moments after re-entering the match. Sanchez collected the rebound off of a shot by Letro. Wallace, initially saved Letro's attempt, but was unable to control it. The ball was left on the ground long enough for Sanchez to poke it inside the left post.
Utah added its final goal on a free kick by Lloyd. The score was the third of the season for the senior from Monrovia, Calif. Lloyd followed up a Falcon foul by knocking in the 25-yard freebie from the left of the box into the upper right-side of the net.