Women's Soccer Falls to No. 10 Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. – The Utah women's soccer team opened Pac-12 play on the road on Friday night against No. 10 Stanford. The Utes were defeated by Stanford, 3-0.
Utah's (5-4-1, 0-1-0 Pac-12) Chelsea Peterson set a single-game career-high with 12 saves in the match. She became the first Ute since 2019 to record ten or more saves in a single Pac-12 game. Carly Nelson was the last Ute to record ten or more saves against No. 21 Colorado.
"Stanford was very good tonight," remarked head coach Hideki Nakada. "We had a plan going into the match, and giving up that early goal changed the complexity of the game, and we were never able to recover from it, unfortunately. We will regroup and get ready for Washington State at home next week."
Coming out in a physical contest with the tenth-ranked team, Stanford (7-2-0, 1-0-0 Pac-12), the Utes battled, and Chelsea Peterson stood tall in goal. She recorded eight saves in the first 45 minutes of action.
Trailing 1-0, Peterson continued to tally saves as she recorded two saves in 30 seconds when Samantha Williams and Andrea Kitahata took shots for Stanford. She added another save in the 32nd minute after Paige Rubinstein took a shot keeping the match 1-0.
Stanford added its second goal of the game in the 33rd minute taking a 2-0 lead. In the first half, Baylie Jackson found a loose ball and fired a shot on goal that Katie Meyer saved. The game went into halftime with the Utes trailing 2-0.
Peterson continued to record saves in the second half of the contest as she had three saves in the first ten minutes of the half. The three saves tallied a career-high in saves in a single game for Peterson. Peterson ended the game with 12 saves, five over her previous single game-high.
With the Cardinal taking a 3-0 lead, Utah continued to battle against the No. 10 team in the nation. Over the game's final three minutes, Courtney Talbot tallied three shots trying to get the Utes on the board. Talbot had one blast that was on goal, but Ryan Campbell saved it. Utah would fall to the Cardinal, 3-0, in the Pac-12 opener.
The Utes return home to face Washington State in their next game on Thursday, September 30. First kick is set for 7 p.m. MT.