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UVU soccer: Wolverines shutout Bakersfield for second time in three days

By Clint Burgi

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Sept. 22 2013 5:20 p.m. MDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Less than 48 hours after picking up a win over Bakersfield in its first WAC contest, Utah Valley University repeated the feat on Sunday, sweeping the season series with a 2-0 victory. The win comes after the Wolverines (4-5-0, 2-0-0) defeated CSUB (1-8-0, 0-2-0) by an identical 2-0 score on Friday in Orem.

Haley Curtis and Kali Stubbs scored for Utah Valley, while Lauren Sack and the UVU defense notched the second straight shutout of the 'Runners.

"The girls battled hard and I'm very proud of how they stepped up and worked hard for this win," head coach Brent Anderson said. "The back line was solid again today, really forcing most of their shots to come from a distance. Lauren made a couple of critical saves in the second half that really kept the momentum in our favor."

Sack finished with five saves for the Wolverines after her six-save performance Friday night.

The Wolverines broke through early, when Curtis took a pass from Lexi Dunn and found the back of the net with a header in the 12th minute.

"That goal was key. Coming that early it helped us relax and play the game how we wanted," Anderson said. "It was a very physical match today but the officials did a great job keeping things under control. Overall it was just a gritty performance from the entire team."

Stubbs' goal, her second in as many games, came in the 79th minute on a Lexi Robison assist and gave Utah Valley the two-goal cushion. CSUB was limited to just one shot over the final 11 minutes with Sack saving a goal-scoring attempt by Haley Hatfield with just over six minutes remaining.

After a season-high 22 shots on Friday night, the Wolverines were limited to 10 on Sunday but were accurate with eight shots coming on goal. Bakersfield, which was whistled for three yellow cards in the match, finished with 12 shots - five on goal.

Utah Valley will continue WAC play with a contest next Sunday in at Grand Canyon in Phoenix.

Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.

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