No. 4 Stanford allowed a goal for the first time this season, and it earned unbeaten Utah a 1-1 draw in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
The result extended the Utes' best start ever. Megan Turner
gave Stanford a first-half lead, but Utah’s Mariah Elmer
equalized in the 48th minute ending the Cardinal’s school-record shutout streak at almost 894 minutes.
"I'm super proud of the entire team," Utah coach
said. "I'm so excited for them because of some of the adversity they've faced this season. Even this week, we overcame some things and had some new
people in different roles. It's just a matter of believing and this team knows what is possible."
Turner passed the ball to Lo’eau LaBonta near the center circle and took off down
the right flank. Lo’eau LaBonta
’s long pass found Turner wide of the penalty area, and Turner, on her first touch, sent a ball from two yards in
front of the end line over goalkeeper Lindsey Luke
and off the back post and into the goal for her second goal in two games.
Utah tied the match
just after halftime when Maddie Bauer
’s clearing attempt was headed back toward the Cardinal defense. The ball bounced over the head of a Cardinal
defender and on to the feet of Elmer, who dribbled forward and scored with a shot inside the near post.
Lindsey made some world-class saves on some world-class shots today," Manning said.
"We can be on the ropes and unorganized but having Lindsey back there keeps us in a lot of games."
Stanford had the best chance after that as LaBonta's half-volley was parried by
Luke with her fingertips over the crossbar in the 107th minute.
The Cardinal is now 8-0-2, while the unranked Utes are off to the best start in their program's history at 7-0-3.