first_imgE-mail: [email protected] After losing five of its last six games, including three straight shutouts, the Utah soccer team was desperate for a win Thursday night, not to mention a goal.Utah got both, thanks to midfielder Katy Reineke, whose goal from 30 yards out in the 76th minute gave the Utes a 1-0 victory over TCU in the conference opener for both teams.Following a foul against Kim Lloyd, Reineke took the free kick from the left side and lofted a left-footed shot into the top left corner. It was the first of the year for the freshman from East High School and the first for the Utes since a win over Utah State two weeks earlier.”In recruiting Kay, we knew we were getting somebody with a left foot who was capable of scoring from anywhere on the field,” said Utah coach Rich Manning. “It paid off tonight.”The Utes outshot the Horned Frogs 11-0 in the first half without scoring, which added to their frustration level. They also had several chances in the second half before Reineke hit pay dirt.Reineke said the usual strategy is to kick the ball toward the far post and let one of the taller players such as Melissa Wayman try for a header.”I saw that the keeper was playing back post, so I just shot it near post,” Reineke said. “I got lucky.””It went in the net and that’s all that matters,” said Manning. “We’re very happy to get the win.”With the victory, the Utes improved to 8-5 on the season and 1-0 in Mountain West Conference play. TCU dropped to 5-5 and 0-1. The Utes play host to New Mexico on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Ute Field. Next week they play home games against Wyoming on Thursday and Air Force on Saturday before going on the road for their final three MWC games. last_img