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Women’s Soccer Plays No. 22 Brigham Young to a 0-0 Draw

Sep 9, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – In a physical contest against rival No. 22 Brigham Young, the Utah women's soccer team recorded a scoreless draw in front of 2,544 energetic fans at Ute Field on Thursday evening. 
Utah's (3-3-1) Chelsea Peterson recorded four saves in the contest picking up the shutout. The Utes controlled the possession in the match and recorded four shots on goal. With the tie, No. 22 Brigham Young goes to 3-2-1 on the season. 
"I was proud of the energy and effort( our players brought), and the game plan they executed tonight against Brigham Young," remarked head coach Hideki Nakada. "We had three days to prepare for this rivalry contest against one of top teams in the country, but the players did a great job of executing our game plan and stayed true to it throughout.  ."
The Cougars came and had the first three shots of the game, but the pressure by the Utes defenders forced the shots off target. Taliana Kaufusi took the first shot for the Utes in the match, but her shot went high of goal. 
In a physical first half between the two rivals, neither team recorded a shot on goal. The game would go scoreless into halftime. 
Coming out of the half, Brigham Young and Utah turned up the offensive attacks. Brigham Young had a scoring chance by Mikayla Colohan in the 53rd minute of the match from point-blank range that Peterson recorded the save on. 

Following the Cougars' attack, it was the Utes' turn to take over the offensive side of the ball. Hanna Olsen had a shot go wide of goal, and a minute later, Kaufusi had another attempt go wide. The Utes had another quality chance as Utah found Brooklyn James striking down the field. She raced to the ball at the top of the box as the Cougars keeper came out challenged James' shot and recorded the save, keeping the match scoreless. 
Late in the second half, Anna Escobedo sent a header toward the goal, but the Cougars' backline knocked the ball away from the goal. Following her attempt, Sidney Roberts had corralled the loose ball and fired a shot to the top of the goal, and the Cougars tallied the save keeping the game scoreless. 
Utah continued attacking Brigham Young's defense, and on a corner kick, Kaufusi had a header that just went high of goal. This was the last quality scoring chance in regulation, and we were off to overtime. 

Brigham Young had two early scoring chances in overtime, but Peterson stood tall and tallied two saves in the frame. Utah had the final two scoring chances in the first overtime period. After the Cougars were called for a foul, Courtney Talbot put a shot on goal on the free-kick. 
Heading to the second overtime period, Peterson continued to stand tall in net and record saves. After the Utes were called for a foul, Brecken Mozingo took the free-kick and put a shot on the goal that Peterson saved. The defenses stood tall, and the game ended in a 0-0 double-overtime draw. 
The Utes return to Ute Field on Sunday afternoon when they host Dixie State University in a non-conference matchup. First kick is set for 3 p.m. MT.