Women's Soccer Falls to Arizona State
TEMPE, Ariz. – Courtney Talbot scored in the 11' minute of the match, but it was not enough for the Utah women's soccer team as they were defeated 4-1 by Arizona State Sunday afternoon at the ASU Soccer Stadium.
Utah (6-10-3, 1-7-2 Pac-12) tallied 15 shots, with seven on target. Talbot and Anna Escobedo led the Utes as each player had four shots in the game. Megan Quiggle made her first collegiate start, and she tallied four saves in the match. Utah held possession for 54 percent of the game.
"We came out really flat to start the game," stated head coach Hideki Nakada. "It is my responsibility to have our players ready to step on the field, and I will have to do a better job of preparing our team. We will regroup and get ready to have a great match next Friday to celebrate our wonderful seniors."
Arizona State struck first in a back and forth contest as Ute's goalie Megan Quiggle made a diving save, but the rebound went to Olivia Kearse-Thomas, who scored.
The Utes answered back six minutes later. Courtney Talbot found a ball at the top of the box and took a shot to the top left corner of the net and scored, tying the game at 1-1.
Check out the goal by @court_talbot16 that tied the match at 1-1.
— Utah Women's Soccer (@UtahWSoccer) October 31, 2021
Utah continued to put pressure on the Sun Devils as Kylee Geis had a shot that Julia Ortega made a jumping save on. Three minutes after her first shot, Geis and another shot that was again saved. Arizona State broke the tie game in the 17' minute when Olivia Nguyen scored.
Midway through the first half, the Utes and Sun Devils were assessed red cards, and both teams would be down a player for the remainder of the game. Utah continued to attack the offensive end of the field, but Ortega would stand tall. The match would go into halftime with Utah trailing 2-1.
Arizona State grew the lead to 3-1 in the first three minutes of the second half. Utah continued to keep the offensive pressure on the Sun Devils as Anna Escobedo had a shot go wide of goal. She followed that up with two more shots quality scoring chances that Ortega saved.
Utah had two more shots in the match, both coming off Avery Brady's foot. Her one was another quality scoring chance, but Ortega made the save, and her last shot was wide of goal. The Utes were defeated 4-1 by the Sun Devils.
Utah returns to action on Friday afternoon when they host Colorado for Senior Day at Ute Field. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. The match can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.