College soccer: UVU cinches first-ever GWC title

Published: Saturday, Oct. 29 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

A foul call on the Kangaroos in the 40th minute would set up Southern Utah's second goal of the match. The Thunderbirds were able to put a well-placed free kick in the box where the ball bounced around until senior midfielder Riley Bassett played it to Vanessa Lilii who tapped one in for her first goal as a T-Bird. With the pass Bassett set a new mark for SUU with her sixth assist this season and is also the school's all-time leader in the category with 12 in her career. The match would also see another Thunderbird pick up their first goal for SUU as Amanda Humphreys took the ball from the UMKC goalkeeper and put it away to give Southern Utah a 3-0 advantage at the break.

The Thunderbirds continued the attack from the very start of the second half. Junior forward Stacey Brinkman took the opening kickoff and played the ball to Bassett. The senior midfielder fired a shot from just across the midfield line that bounced just in front of and then up and over the UMKC goalkeeper. The ball found the back of the net to give Southern Utah its fourth goal of the game.

"We worked on that play earlier this year and that was an unbelievable goal," stated Stock. "I was happy to see Riley being aggressive and she has really learned to look to score."

UMKC would break up the shutout with less than ten minutes remaining in the match as Kaely Tott connected with Allision Schau for a header on a corner kick to set the final score a 4-1 in favor of SUU.

The victory was a special one for Southern Utah, which honored three seniors before the game. Midfielders Elyse Osborne, Riley Bassett and defender Allyson Duda all completed outstanding careers for the Thunderbirds.

"In recruiting I work to bring in good individuals who are all unique and special in different ways," said Stock of his seniors. "Those three have all been a spark and a presence on this team throughout their careers."

With the defeat UMKC will take a conference record of 6-2-1 into the

Summit League Tournament next week. Southern Utah finishes the year with a final record of 4-11-3 while going 2-6-0 in league play.

UTAH STATE GOES FOR WAC TITLE: At Logan, Utah State women's soccer will conclude the regular season hosting Fresno State on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Aggies have a chance to clinch its third Western Athletic Conference regular-season title in four years on Sunday with a win or a tie. USU has claimed WAC titles in 2008 and a share of the title in 2010.

USU (13-4-1, 4-1-1) will honor its five seniors Molli Merrill, Summer Tillotson, Shantel Flanary, Marissa Sanchez and Chandra Salmon-Christensen prior to the match against the Bulldogs.

The Aggies have won five straight matches, which is their second streak of that length this season. The Aggies tied a school record with their 13th win of the season. This is the first time that USU has reached the 13-win mark during the regular season as the 2008 team earned its 13th win at the WAC Tournament.

Fresno State is the only team in the WAC that Utah State doesn't have a winning record against, holding a 2-6-2 record against the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs (10-4-4, 4-1-1) have WAC wins against Nevada, Idaho, San Jose State and Louisiana Tech along with a tie against New Mexico State and a loss at Hawai'i. Callie Hancock leads the Bulldog offense with 11 goals and three assists for 25 points. Katie DeVault has started 16 of Fresno State's 17 matches this season. She has allowed 21 goals in 17 matches for a 1.18 GAA. She has 100 saves this season.

With two assists against Idaho on Oct. 21, Flanary tied Aggie-great Lindsey Smart (2006-09) with 15 career assists. The senior added a goal in the Aggies' win against San Jose State to lead the team with 10 goals. Flanary now has 83 career points which puts her one behind Lauren Hansen (2007-10) in career points. Hansen set the record of 84 last season.

Following the conclusion of the regular season, Utah State will prepare for the WAC Tournament which will be held in Fresno, Calif. Nov. 3-4, 6. The Aggies will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Mens soccer

ST. GEORGE — The Red Storm dropped their second consecutive match Saturday to Notre Dame de Namur 1-0 at Dixie High Schools Flyer Field.

In the 37th minute, the Argonauts' Frank Barnes found the net when he headed in a shot off the cross bar from four yards out. His third goal of the season gave NDNU the lead.

Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Red Storm came out and forced the ball up the field.

In the 58th minute of the match, DSCs Joshua Cook earned a red card and forced the Red Storm to play the final 32 minutes a man down.

Despite playing short, Dixie State still outshot NDNU in the second half 9-7. For the match NDNU had 16 shots to DSCs 13.

Dixie State drops to 8-6-2 overall and 7-3 in the PacWest and NDNU improves to 10-6 overall and 6-4 in the PacWest.

The Red Storm will play their final home game on Thursday evening at Hansen Stadium when they host Grand Canyon University on senior night at 7 p.m.

WESTMINSTER 1, EMBRY-RIDDLE 0: At Prescott, Ariz., Dennis Sellis scored the games only goal in the 75th minute in the Griffins (9-8-1, 4-3-1) final game of the regular season.

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