Weber State women's soccer commands field, but still lose

Weber State women's soccer commands field, but still lose

Waco : TX : USA | Sep 23, 2011 at 11:31 PM PDT
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Weber State University women's soccer team commanded play on the field for more than an hour on Friday night.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it all changed in the blink of an eye.

University of Texas-San Antonio' Maria Jose Rojas scored two goals just 92 seconds apart as the Roadrunners turned back the Wildcats 2-0 at the UTSA Recreational Sports Complex.

Both goals came against the run of play was Weber State held a commanding 11-5 advantage in shots up until that point, with UTSA goalkeeper Danielle Snyder making two critical saves just moments before to keep the scoreline level.

The Wildcats finished with a 12-10 advantage in shots, but were unable to break the Roadrunners defense.

Ten different Weber State players recorded a shot in the match, including two each from senior midfielder Collette Simmons and junior forward Kierstin Raught.

Weber State remains in Texas, traveling to Waco on Sunday to face Baylor at 11 a.m., in its final non-conference match.

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Utah women's soccer team (5-4-1, 1-0 Pac-12) won its inaugural Pac-12 match Friday night, going on the road to defeat Oregon (5-4-1, 0-1 Pac-12) by a 2-0 score. Sophomores Harley Spier and Leslie Muirhead each scored for the second consecutive game, lifting the Utes to a win in front of the eighth-largest women's soccer crowd ever at Papé Field.

"I am really proud of this team," said Utah head coach Rich Manning. "We played with great self-belief and good teamwork, which is important to get a result on the road. We were organized, we worked hard, and we were opportunistic in front of net. When you're on the road that is a good recipe for success. With our team being as new and young as it is, every win is important and builds confidence. Getting a win in our first Pac-12 game is terrific and we will build on it moving forward."

Following a scoreless first half, Spier broke the tie in the 49th minute on a superb hustle play. After the Ducks committed a foul on their own half of the field, Utah senior defender Lauren Dudley stepped up and served the free kick into the penalty box. Freshman forward Jill Robison battled an Oregon defender and knocked it across the face of goal, where Spier fought through traffic and knocked it in from just a few yards out. It was Spier's second goal of the year as she has now scored in back-to-back games, while Robison has also posted an assist in two consecutive contests.

Utah took a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute when senior forward Erin Dalley played a perfect ball to sophomore midfielder Leslie Muirhead, who was making a straight run to goal. Muirhead took a touch forward, shielded her defender away from the ball and fired it into the upper left corner from the top of the penalty box. It was Muirhead's second goal of the season and the first assist for Dalley.

Senior goalkeeper Hannah Turpen made three saves and earned her second shutout of the season. Her Oregon counterpart, Abby Steele, made two saves while conceding both goals.

In addition to logging its first-ever Pac-12 win, the game also marked Utah's first Pac-12 road victory and its first Pac-12 shutout. It was the Utes' third consecutive win and their fourth victory in their last five games.

Oregon out-shot Utah overall, 10-6, but the Utes put four shots-on-goal to the Ducks' three. Utah held the edge in corner kicks, 4-3, while Oregon was whistled for nine fouls to the Utes' seven.

The Utes are back in action Friday, Sept. 30, as they host Arizona State in their first-ever Pac-12 home game. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. It will be Youth Night at Ute Field and among the festivities will be post-match fireworks.

Red Storm use trio of second half goals to defeat Urban Knights

DSC now 2-0 in the PacWest

ST. GEORGE — Jordan Roylance had a pair of goals and Tyler Arbuckle cashed in the game winner early in the second half en route to Dixie State's 4-1 win in Pacific West Conference action over the Academy of Art at Hansen Stadium.

Dixie State remained undefeated in PWC play at 2-0, while improving to 3-2-1 on the season. The Urban Knights fell to 1-5 on the year and 0-2 in league.

AAU took the lead in the 32nd minute when Aron Eckberg beat Tyler Walters into the right corner for a 1-0 lead.

Roylance found an equalizer netting a goal off a Nyle Ortiz entry header in the 42nd minute.

Arbuckle earned his 62nd minute goal by running unabated down the middle of the field. Erik Shallenberger held control of the ball streaking down the right side and found Arbuckle unchecked for the goal.

A second Roylance goal came via second effort as his first effort bounced off the crossbar and into open territory. Roylance won the battle for the ball and rolled it into the net for a 3-1 lead.

Joshua Cook added an insurance goal in the 87th minute.

Walters evened his mark to 2-2 between the posts.

The Red Storm face Biola University on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a non-conference matchup at Hansen.

aalees is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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