College soccer roundup: BYU secures fourth-place standing in the West Coast Conference

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Published: Saturday, Nov. 5 2011 8:58 p.m. MDT

"North Dakota came out with a lot of energy. Their goal seemed to calm us down and we were actually able to find some rhythm after that," Anderson said. "Our team is confident right now. With 12 goals in the last three games we know we can scored and for the most part we've played well defensively."

Early in the second half, freshman Lexi Robison's first career goal turned out to be the game-winner for Utah Valley. In the 56th minute, Robison stole the ball and scored from 30 yards out to make it 3-1.

Young then added her second goal — on Clifford's second assist of the game — with just over eight minutes left for a three-goal cushion before UND added a late goal.

North Dakota had a 20-15 edge in overall shots, but UVU was on target with 11 of its shots on goal compared to eight for the Sioux.

On Monday, Utah Valley will be going for its second GWC Tournament title and what would be the program's third conference tournament title in five seasons. The Wolverines won the United Soccer Conference tournament championship in 2007.

UTAH STATE

LOGAN — Utah State women's soccer has been making history all season and looks to continue that trend in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament finals Sunday at 2 p.m. (MT). The top-seeded Aggies will take on second-seeded and host Fresno State in the title match.

In the semifinals, Utah State needed only one goal to defeat fifth-seeded Idaho on Friday. Sophomore midfielder Kendra Pemberton provided the offense, while the USU defense did the rest.

Utah State is in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten streak with six wins and a tie during that span. The only tie came against Fresno State in Logan on Oct. 30. The Aggies and the Bulldogs battled to 0-0 tie in double overtime.

Fresno State is the only team in the WAC that Utah State doesn't have a winning record against, holding a 2-6-3 record against the Bulldogs. USU is also 0-3 in the tournament against Fresno State with all three losses being by one goal. The two teams battled in the 2008 WAC Tournament finals with the Bulldogs fighting to 2-1 double overtime win.

Fresno State is 11-4-5 after a dominating 3-0 win against sixth-seeded New Mexico State on Friday in the semifinals. Callie Hancock leads the Bulldog offense with 11 goals and three assists for 25 points. Katie DeVault has started 17 of Fresno State's 19 matches this season. She has allowed 21 goals for a 1.11 GAA. She has 102 saves this season.

Senior goalkeeper Molli Merril has also been stellar in goal this season. Merrill, a first-team all-WAC honoree, ended the match with four saves en route to her 10th shutout of the season which ties a USU record. Megan Mills recorded 10 shutouts in 2003. The shutout was the fifth-straight for the senior goalkeeper. She has not allowed a goal since the Aggies fell 2-1 at Hawai`i on Sept. 30.

Soccer fans can watch every second of the WAC Tournament through www.wacsports.com. The cost of the WAC Soccer Tournament All-Access Pass is $10.95.

Fans can follow USU soccer on Twitter at twitter.com at USU Soccer and Utah State Athletics at USUAthletics.

WEBER STATTE

GREELEY, Colo. — The two original women's soccer powers in the Big Sky Conference will collide on Sunday afternoon, with the title of champion and a prized berth in the NCAA Women's College Cup awaiting the victor.

Weber State and Montana, the two winningest programs in league history, will tangle at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the University of Northern Colorado's Jackson Stadium.

The Wildcats (6-10-2) punched their ticket to the title match with a dramatic victory in spot kicks after blanking regular-season co-champion Portland State 0-0 for 110 minutes.

Weber State will be playing in its seventh Big Sky tournament championship match, where it holds a 3-3-0 record in previous appearances.

The Wildcats were postseason tournament champions in 1998, 2004 and 2005.

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