Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State women's soccer team battled Utah for the full 90 minutes on Friday but fell 1-0 at Lorenz Field in their Pacific-12 Conference home opener.
Utah's Mariah Elmer scored the only goal of the game at 38:50 on an unassisted effort down the left side of the 18-yard box. Her chip shot eluded goalie Bella Geist and landed in the back of the net for her third marker of the season.
Sophomore Emma Jones and junior McKenzie Redberg had two shots apiece for the Beavers (4-3-3, 0-2-0 Pac-12). OSU applied steady pressure over the final 20 minutes in search of the tying goal and had two of their four corner kicks in that span, but could not draw even.
“We tried to push more numbers forward; we had four strikers and manned up in the back to see if we could get something out of it,” OSU coach Linus Rhode said. “We played well.
“We gave up a goal on a counter and after that tried to get back in the game. We played well and it was unfortunate we couldn't get something out of the game.”
Utah (4-4-3, 1-1-0 Pac-12) outshot OSU 12-10 but Geist made four saves to keep the Beavers within striking distance. The sophomore from Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie now has 168 career saves in less than two seasons and needs just 21 more stops to pass predecessor Sammy-Jo Prudhomme for sixth place on OSU's all-time list.
The Beavers have allowed just seven goals in 10 games, and one goal or no goals in nine of their 10 starts. Geist has four shutouts in 2015 and seven in her career.
Friday was OSU's first home game in 33 days, dating back to a 2-1, overtime victory over San Francisco on Aug. 30. The Beavers resume Pac-12 action on Sunday with an 11 a.m. game against Colorado at Lorenz Field.
“We just have to keep playing our game, keeping the ball as much as possible and take advantage of our opportunities
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