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Vancouver tops Utah in WPSL contest

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Two weeks ago the Utah Spiders scored a goal in the final minute to salvage a tie against the visiting Vancouver Angels. The Spiders weren't so fortunate Sunday afternoon as they lost 3-2 to the Angels.

"We couldn't find any continuity at the back," said Spiders coach Marco Rossi. "We keep trying to find chemistry because we always have different players."

Dana Dibble, the 1999 Deseret News 4A MVP, made her first start at sweeper and played well according to Rossi.

Utah's Staci Reynolds opened the scoring in the 30 minute after knocking in a corner kick, but Vancouver quickly tied it before halftime. In the second half the Angels went ahead for good scoring twice in the first 20 minutes.

"Rarely did they have chances. On their goals we just made mistakes," said Rossi.

Reynolds cut the deficit to 3-2 on a free kick in the 75th minute, but the Spiders late flurry for an equalizer wasn't answered.

The Spiders fell to 6-4-1 in the Women's Premiere Soccer League with the loss while Vancouver improved to 3-2-5. Their next three matches are at home, beginning with a June 22 game against Foothill.

On Saturday, July 29, the Spiders scheduled match against Southern California has been moved to Rice-Eccles Stadium as part of a double-header with the Utah Blitzz, who host Tucson that night.