DRAPER — If the Utah Spiders' idea of a well-played game is keeping the ball out of their goalkeeper's hands, then Saturday's match at Juan Diego Catholic High School Stadium in Draper was a great one.
But it was even better with a 1-0 win over the Southern Cal Ajax, who won the U.S. Women's Open Cup National Championship last weekend in Philadelphia.
The Spiders, who are undefeated at home, were led by midfielder Amy Kofoed, who had some near goals early. The first came at the eight-minute mark, where Kofoed's shot from 15 yards out was deflected by Ajax goalkeeper Tracy Sharp. Utah's Jill Jakowich came up with the rebound and had a nice look as well, but Sharp came up with a dazzling save. A second near goal came in the 22nd minute, where Kofoed's shot from the top of the box hit the upper left post.
But despite Kofoed's hot foot, it was forward Kim Lowe who found the net in the second half and gave the Spiders their seventh home win.
With just under 15 minutes left to play, defender Amber Bailey centered the ball from the right wing to Lowe. Lowe, who was smothered by Ajax defense and 20 yards out, somehow found the right post and put enough spin on the ball to hurl it into the left corner of the net.
"I was little scared when it was going in because I thought it was going to hit the pole and jump out," Lowe said.
"They're a very good team," Utah coach Marco Rossi said of Ajax. "We know that they can score at any given time, and we can do the same."
The Spiders next play Saturday at Juan Diego, against San Diego Women's Soccer Club at 7 p.m.