After starting off slowly in their victory against UVSC Saturday, the Utes had but one goal coming into Sunday's match: come out swinging.
Led by freshman forward Adele Letro, who contributed a goal and an assist, Utah scored early and often in a 4-1 victory over the University of Idaho.
"That was something that we talked about before the game," says Amanda Feigt, the junior forward who tallied the game's first point in the sixth minute. "We wanted to come out strong."
Feigt, Letro and senior striker Kim Lloyd each found the back of the net once in the first half, and junior defender Melissa Wayman added another in the 75th minute.
The Utes looked very sharp in the first half. The Utah forwards used pinpoint passing and superior speed to keep the Idaho defenders on their heels, running up three goals in the first 40 minutes.
The score could have been much more lopsided were it not for the play of Idaho keeper Lindsay Smith, whose seven clutch saves kept the Vandals in the game until late in the second half.
The Ute defense, led by keeper Ashley Mason and Wayman, had a solid game, limiting the Idaho attacking line to 10 shots on goal in 90 minutes of play.
The lone lapse in concentration resulted in a goal in the final seconds of the first period. The goal was the first allowed by Utah in the 2005 season.
"That was just a lack of focus at the end of the first half," said Utah coach Rich Manning. "That's something we need to work on."
To their credit, the Vandals put up more of a fight than the final score might indicate, especially in the second half. Despite being down 3-1 for most of the final period, Idaho refused to quit, tightening up a defense that allowed 14 shots on goal before intermission.
"They matched up with us one-on-one for the second half," said Manning. "They did a good job of slowing us down."
With Sunday's victory, the Utes improved to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 at the newly renovated Ute Field. Their next game will be on Friday at 7 p.m. against Big Ten power Purdue.