CORVALLIS, ORE. - Utah soccer got a first-half goal from Mariah Elmer and that was enough to earn head coach Rich Manning his 150th career win as the Utes (4-4-3, 1-1-0) picked up a 1-0 win at Oregon State (4-3-3, 0-2-0) this evening.
"The team worked very hard tonight and gave an outstanding effort,” head coach Rich Manning said. “We showed outstanding hustle and adjusted well to the rhythm of the game. In the second half, we played settled, held the ball well, kept possession and created chances."
In the 39th minute, Elmer burst through the Oregon State defense and held off her defender before flipping the ball over the Beaver goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead. It was Elmer's third goal of the season and pushed the Utes to their third-straight win over OSU and second in a row in Corvallis.
Lindsey Luke picked up her third shutout of the season and 23rd of her career. Entering tonight, she was 12th among active goalkeeper in shutouts and she now needs five more for the Utah career record.
"I thought we were really well organized in our play,” Manning added. “Everyone knew where the pressure pockets were and communicated well on the field. We prevented possible problems really well."
Luke's one and only save of the first half occurred in the eight minute when she stopped Nikki Faris. Utah had two more tries before Elmer's opener as Slattery fired wide again in the 18th and Paola van der Veen tried to muscle an attempt through three Beaver defenders in the 33rd minute.
Utah had chances to add to its lead in the second half when Vukic forced a save out of Geist in the 57th minute. Two minutes later, Van der Veen had a try blocked and her rebound fell to Kaycee Buckley, but her shot was saved. Van der Veen went wide again in the 62nd minute and Vukic was denied yet again by Geist in the 70th.
After the save on Vukic, OSU came right back down the field and Luke held on to a shot by Mariah Roggow. Utah had a couple more attempts to double up the Beavers but Mikayla Elmer saw one trickle wide in the 73rd before Janie Kearlfired over in the 77th.
The Utah defense remained solid and Emma Jones' late try was the only shot Luke faced in the final 15 minutes of regulation.
Utah is back on the field Sunday when it plays at Oregon. The Utes and Ducks kick-off at 1 p.m. PT with the game televised on the Pac-12 Mountain and Pac-12 Oregon regional networks.