Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Mason made five saves against Colorado.
Nov. 12, 2004
PORTLAND, Ore. - Utah surrendered an early goal but managed to stay close before Colorado scored twice in the final 22 minutes to win 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship on Friday night at the University of Portland's Merlo Field. The Utes were making their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance under Rich Manning.
Colorado (15-5-2) outshot the Utes 20-10 and had an 11-3 advantage in shots on goal. However, Utah (13-6-3) kept the game close most of the way and had three scoring chances in the first 35 minutes of the second half that could have changed the course of the game.
Allie True scored 17:38 in on a 25-yard free kick that darted past Ute keeper Ashley Mason to the lower left side of the net. True kept the Utah defense on edge all night, getting off five shots on goal.
Utah was more aggressive to start the second half and had an excellent scoring chance 1:15 out of halftime. Sophomore forward Hailey Marsh fired away from inside the box, forcing CU keeper Jessica Keller to make her first save of the game. Marsh also got a header away on the ensuing corner kick by Whitney Dorsey.
Mason was forced to leave the game in the 49th minute when she came out to smother a shot by Ashlie Mihalcin at the top of the goal box and took ball hard off her face. It was her fifth save of the night.
Senior Glennis Donnelly guarded the net the rest of the way, and made three saves before giving up her first goal. Ellen Falender fired a shot from the far right wing that deflected off a Ute defender and into the upper left corner of the net in the 69th minute.
Keller made two more saves to preserve the shutout for the Buffs. Kiley Jones got a shot away from the top of the box shortly after Colorado's second goal. Emily Campbell had a shot on goal in the 80th minute.