Aggie Soccer Edged By Utes In Double Overtime
Sept. 26, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - For the second straight season the Aggies and Utes needed extra time to decide their soccer match. Unfortunately for the Aggies, their fate remained the same, falling to the Utes 1-0 in double overtime here Sunday. The Utes improved to 6-2-1 with the victory, while the Aggies fell to 3-6-0.
"We played great today," said head coach Heather Cairns. "I realize it is funny to say that when you lose, but Utah was a NCCA Cup qualifier last year and we had a lot of chances to get the win [Sunday]. I feel really good about how we are playing as we head into Big West action next weekend."
Utah's Erin Pruitt took a cross from Kiley Jones and headed it in from the left side of the frame with 3:47 to play in the second overtime period to give Utah the 1-0 win.
A crowd of nearly 800 gathered on a gorgeous early fall afternoon to watch the instate rivals square off for the seventh time. The Utes improved to 6-1-0 in the all-time series, but the last three games have been decided by one goal--the last two going to overtime. Typical of a rivalry game, it was a physical affair with the teams combining for 41 fouls, including 23 by Utah.
With time running down and neither team able to mount a serious attack in the second overtime, Utah moved the ball down field with Jones taking it deep down the right side. After defender Ashley Wilson had taken the ball away from Jones initially, Jones crossed the ball in front of the net to Pruitt, who was well positioned on the left side of the net. Pruitt, a senior midfielder from San Dimas, Calif., headed the ball past Aggie keeper Megan Mills for the game-winner and her second goal of the season.
Utah State created some excellent scoring opportunities in the first overtime period, getting corner kicks in the 97th and 98th minutes. Ute keeper Ashley Mason made two saves on successive headers by senior Melissa Baggaley and sophomore Sierra Smith with just a little over a minute left in the first overtime.
Mills made five saves for Utah State and lowered her season goals-against average to 0.95 on the year. Mason also tallied five saves for the Utes in recording the shutout.
Baggaley finished with three shots on goal in the match, which marked the first three shots on goal she has taken in her career. Charlsie Harris notched USU's other shot on goal.
Utah State heads to the West Coast to begin Big West Conference play next weekend, taking on Cal State Northridge on Friday at 1:30 p.m. (MDT) and Pacific on Sunday at 1 p.m. (MDT).
UTAH 1, UTAH STATE 0 (2OT) UU 0 0 0 1 - 1 USU 0 0 0 0 - 0