LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Utah Soccer saw a late lead slip away in a 2-1 double overtime loss at No. 19 Kansas this evening.
scored with less with five minutes remaining in regulation to put the Utes in front. She got in front of a Kansas goal kick and headed it back toward the net for her first tally of the season and 23rd
of her career.
The excitement was short-lived as Kansas took the restart and quickly equalized. Katie McClure scored her fourth goal of the season on a roller through a sea of bodies. Her shot dribbled across the turf from 20 yards out and took a deflection before bouncing off the far post before going in.
McClure would add a second in double overtime for the winner. She was able to convert another low ball to the far post, this time to the left side to keep the Jayhawks unbeaten on the season.
"It was another learning experience this evening because we did a lot of things really well," head coach Rich Manning
said. "It just comes down to those little moments and believing in ourselves that we can win. It is just another step forward in the development of this team."
Utah had the first chance of the game as Paola Van der Veen earned a free kick. She had her ensuing try blocked. Carly Nelson
made her first save in the 12th
minute, stopping a drive by Kaycie Young.
The Utes continued to hold steady in the midfield. Holly Daugirda
earned her side a corner and Alexis Rushlow's
header was saved. Skolmoski started to come alive in the final minutes of the half, going high from a corner and firing wide two minutes later.
In the second half, Van der Veen and Skolmoski continued to create havoc up front, testing the Kansas backline on a number of occasions. Nelson kept the Utes in it with four saves at the other end of the field before Skolmoski nodded them in front.
In the first period of extra time, the best chance for Utah occurred when Leachman got on the end of a corner, but her chance was blocked.
The Utes had a chance to win it in overtime when Skolmoski had a shot blocked in the 104th
minute. The result was a corner and amid a goalmouth scramble, Cacciacarne was blocked out. Kansas defenders were able to close down two more Ute attempts before clearing the danger.
"I thought we had players step up all over the field tonight," Manning added. "The entire backline, Aleea Gwerder
, Leachman and Rushlow, along with Lulu Borges, played really well, and the same can be said for Nelson in goal. Our midfielders, Daugirda, Haylee Cacciacarne
and Van der Veen did a nice job against the dynamic attackers of Kansas, a nationally ranked team. Up front, I was pleased with Ireland Dunn
because she gave us a spark off the bench."
goal of her career moves her within three scores of fifth place all-time in Utah history … This was Utah's first loss against Kansas after beating the Jayhawks last season at Ute Field on a Skolmoski goal … This snapped an eight-game unbeaten streak against Big 12 opponents, dating back to the 2008 season … Utah is finally back home for the first time in almost a month when it hosts BYU in the Deseret First Duel next Friday at 7 p.m … It will be a Red Out and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network