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Women's Soccer Nipped by Cal

Oct 15, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah women's soccer team was nipped, 1-0, by the Golden Bears of California on Friday night at Ute Field. 
Utah (5-7-3, 0-4-2 Pac-12) outshot the California (6-4-3, 2-3-1 Pac-12) 11-6 in the match. Eden Jacobsen led the Utes with three shots. Jacobsen had the best scoring chance for the Utes in the second half as she had a shot go off the crossbar. Utah controlled possession for 59 percent of the match. 
"I am gutted for our team," remarked head coach Hideki Nakada. "We played well on both sides of the ball for the majority of the match, and to lose on one counter opportunity is hard to swallow. If we can continue to play the way we did tonight, the results we deserve will come our way."
Utah's came out of the gate looking to get the offense going early in the match as Jacobsen had a quality scoring chance in the 14' minute of the game, but her shot went wide. Ten minutes later, Haley Farrar got behind the defense and had a shot that was saved. 
Utah continued to put pressure on the Golden Bears' defense, and late in the first half, Anna Escobedo had a chance to get the Utes on the board. She took a left-footed shot that went towards the upper corner of the goal, but the Golden Bears goalie made a diving save. The match between Utah and Cal would go into halftime scoreless. 

Coming out of halftime, the Golden Bears put pressure on the Utes backline. Karlie Lema had a shot on goal, and Chelsea Peterson made a tremendous diving save, keeping the game scoreless. 

After regaining possession, Utah slowly worked its way down the field. Jacobsen found the ball just outside the box and took a shot. Her shot went off the crossbar, keeping the match scoreless with just over 20 minutes remaining. 

Following the quality chance by the Utes, Cal went down the field and scored the first goal of the match. Utah continued to put pressure on the Golden Bears defense but could not find the equalizer and would fall 1-0 to Cal. 
The Utes return to action on Thursday, October 21 when they host Oregon State at Ute Field. First kick is set for 7 p.m. MT and will be aired on the Utah Live Stream.