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ASU Soccer: Sun Devils earn hard fought draw on the road vs. Utah

A physical matchup between the Pac-12 foes led to a 2-2 draw

Purfield looks up-field with the ball

Arizona State (4-9-3, 1-5-2), took on an evenly matched Utah team (5-8-3, 0-6-2), on the road in Salt Lake City. It took the full 90 minutes, plus an additional 20 to decide the outcome.

In the 13th minute, the Sun Devils were awarded a penalty kick in which Jemma Purfield converted for her fifth goal of the season to give ASU the early 1-0 lead.

The Utes would respond in the 38th minute after they earned a free kick outside the box. Natalee Wells set up Paola Van der Veen with a pass leading into the box as Van der Veen ripped one passed Nikki Panas, ASU’s goalkeeper, for her seventh goal of the season.

It didn’t take long for Utah to break the tie in the second half as they were awarded a penalty kick in the 48th minute. Van der Veen lined up from the spot and netted her second goal of the game to give the Utes a 2-1 lead.

Arizona State found themselves in good fortune again when Olive Jones drew a penalty inside the box in the 75th minute to set up another opportunity. Although Jones drew the foul, Purfield lined up for her second penalty kick of the day and converted the shot to equalize.

Neither team would score during the remaining 15 minutes of the second half, which sent the game to overtime.

Arizona State had the best opportunity in the 100th minute when Christina Edwards ripped a shot that flew just over the crossbar. The Sun Devils seemed to have more of the momentum during the overtime periods but ultimately could not find the back of the net.

The physical matchup ended with ASU committing 23 fouls while Utah committed 15 of their own. Meanwhile, Panas tied her career high with nine saves as Arizona State snapped their five-game winless streak with the 2-2 draw.

The Sun Devils are back in action against Washington State on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe.