SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -
Fighting back from two quick opposing goals, Utah State soccer dropped its road-opener Thursday, falling to No. 18 Utah, 2-0.
The loss was Utah State's first of the season, as the Aggies fall to 2-1-0. Utah improves to 2-0-0 with the win.
The Utes took control early Thursday night, scoring twice in the first two minutes of play. Just 36 seconds into the match, Natalie Vukic got past Utah State keeper Sara Cobb, the first goal she allowed this season. As the Aggies tried to recover, the Utes found another opportunity, as Tatum Thornton slotted the ball through the right and into the left corner of the net.
Utah State regained its composure in the remaining minutes of the half, holding the Utes without another shot until the 27th minute. In the meantime, freshman midfielder Ashley Cardozo had two good chances for the Aggies. The Utes kept the ball in their attacking third through the last 15 minutes of the half, but Cobb and the rest of the USU defense kept the shots at bay.
The second half was a very back-and-forth battle, as the offenses exchanged minutes of possession. Both teams had several opportunities to score, but the respective defenses also stepped up and held off the shots. The effort on both ends continued through the final buzzer, but the Utes secured the win.
On the night, Utah out-shot the Aggies, 14-10, including an 8-5 on-goal advantage. Cobb finished the night with a career-best six saves.
The Aggies return to Chuck & Gloria Bell Field this weekend, hosting Cal State Fullerton. The Aggies and Titans will play at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27.
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