SALT LAKE CITY -- A year after winning on a late penalty kick, BYU women's soccer had the favor returned by Utah on Friday at Ute Field. Katie Taylor scored on an 84th minute penalty kick to give the Utes a 1-0 win.
"Our first half we did a fantastic job of creating opportunities and playing really well," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "But we need to be more physical, battle harder and find more ways to win."
A 10-3 shot advantage in the first half for BYU (1-2-2) disappeared in the second as Utah (4-0-1) outshot the Cougars 8-3 and kept BYU scoreless.
BYU goalkeepers Katherine Snyder and Hannah Clark kept the Utes at bay for 84 minutes. Snyder ranged to the edge of her box twice to keep the ball off the foot of an Utah attacker. She also grabbed two shots right off the foot of a Ute inside the 6-yard box to keep it scoreless going into half.
Clark stopped a header off a corner kick in the 75th minute and deflected a free kick off the crossbar in the 82nd minute. In the 84th a diagonal ball to the edge of the box looking for Utah's Ali Allen was poked away by Clark who then barreled through Allen. Utah was awarded the penalty kick and Taylor put it in the upper right corner for the gamewinner.
"We had plenty of opportunities to score in the first half and it shouldn't have had to come down to that," Rockwood said of the penalty.
The Cougars return to South Field for a four-game homestand beginning on Thursday, Sept. 11 with LSU. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. MDT and will be broadcast on TheW.tv.
PROVO, Utah – BYU women's soccer travels to Salt Lake City to face in-state rival Utah on Friday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. MDT in the Deseret First Duel. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network and live audio will be carried on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on BYUCougars.com and the BYU Cougars app.
The Cougars (1-1-2) will try to win their second straight game over Utah (3-0-1). BYU won 1-0 in Provo last season on an 88th minute penalty kick. In the last game in Salt Lake, Utah won 1-0 after a goal in the 30th minute.
Over the weekend, BYU won 1-0 at Tennessee on an Elena Medeiros goal in the 17th minute. The Cougars lost 2-1 to Baylor in Provo on Monday after conceding goals in the final minute of the first half and the second minute of the second half. Sophomores Ashley Hatch and Elena Medeiros along with freshman Elisabeth Phillips have scored for BYU this season. Senior Niki Fernandes and freshman Nadia Gomes have assisted on goals for the Cougars. Goalkeepers Katherine Snyder and Hannah Clark have rotated halves this season and the pair has combined on two shutouts.
So far this season, Utah has defeated Oral Roberts, Boise State and Cal State Northridge and tied Oklahoma on the road. Six different players have scored goals for the Utes with Kaycee Buckley leading the team with two. Katie Taylor has three assists so far this season. Goalkeeper Lindsey Luke has played in every game for Utah and shut out opponents twice. She didn't play against BYU last year in Provo, but did enter the game for the final 75 minutes in 2012.
BYU is 19-6-1 against Utah all-time. Since Rich Manning took over as head coach of the Utes, BYU is 8-6-1 and the Cougars are 8-3-0 all-time in Salt Lake.
Following the Utah game, BYU will host LSU on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. MDT on South Field.