The Utah Valley women's soccer team looks to keep its unbeaten home streak alive as the Wolverines host WAC rival Grand Canyon in a non-conference match on Monday at 1 p.m., at Clyde Field.
The Wolverines ride a 13-match unbeaten streak into Clyde Field on Monday afternoon where the team is 2-0-1 this year. UVU's last loss at Clyde Field was a 2-0 setback to Seattle U on Nov. 1, 2014. The team holds an all-time 64-32-10 record on the Clyde Field pitch.
Utah Valley enters Monday's matchup against Grand Canyon with a 5-3-1 overall record. The Wolverines went 1-0-1 last week as the team registered its first-ever tie against in-state rival Utah before picking up a 5-1 road win at Idaho State. Prior to the tie against the Utes, Utah Valley had dropped all six of its matches to Utah. Freshman goalkeeper Brooklyn Nielsen helped the Wolverines secure the tie against Utah as she made a leaping save with less than a minute to play. In the win at Idaho State on Sunday, five different UVU players each registered a goal. Tied 1-1 in the second half, Utah Valley scored four goals in just 17 minutes to secure the victory. Sydney Fitzpatrick, Breanna DeWaal, Sarah Cipperley and Leesa Stowe each recorded their first goals of the season in the win.
Alexis Peterson leads the Wolverines with four goals and eight points on the year. Abby Jameson owns two goals, while nine other Wolverines have each scored at least one goal this season. DeWaal leads the Wolverines with 33 shots, including a team-best 12 shots on goal. Sara Callister ranks second with 15 shots, including seven on goal. Nielsen leads the team in the box with a 3-1-1 record. She has 30 saves and owns a .882 save percentage on the season. As a team, Utah Valley has netted 15 goals while allowing opponents just 10. The Wolverines average 14.6 shots a match with a .389 shots on goal percentage.
Grand Canyon brings a 3-6-0 record to Clyde Field on Monday afternoon. The Antelopes head into Monday's match fresh off a 3-1 loss at home to Oklahoma last week. The 'Lopes are still seeking their first road win of the season as all three of the team's wins have come at home this season. Grand Canyon has tallied 14 goals this season while also allowing 14 goals. Junior forward Milla Benedetti leads the 'Lopes with four goals this season. She scored the lone goal for GCU in the setback to Oklahoma last week. Benedetti also has a team-high two assists and a team-high 10 points. Junior keeper Blakely Fraasch leads the team in the box with 24 saves. Grand Canyon is coached by Derek Leader who is in his first season with the team.
Utah Valley and Grand Canyon meet on the pitch for the seventh time on Monday afternoon with Wolverines holding a 4-2-0 all-time series advantage. Utah Valley and Grand Canyon meet on the Clyde Field pitch for just the fourth time in the two team's history. UVU owns a 2-1 advantage in matches played on the Clyde Field pitch. The two teams split a two-match series last season with each team winning on its home field.
Utah Valley has enjoyed an impressive 19-2-4 at Clyde Field during the past three seasons. The Wolverines hold an all-time 64-32-10 mark at home since UVU became a Division I member in 2003. UVU went unbeaten at home last season with a 9-0-1 record. The team extended its Clyde Field unbeaten streak to 13 matches with its 0-0 tie against Utah on Sept. 16. The Wolverines ranked 24th (1,074 per game) nationally in attendance at Clyde Field last season. UVU already ranks ninth in the nation in attendance after welcoming an average of 1,725 fans through the gates though three home matches this year.
Utah Valley entered the NSCAA West Regional Top-10 rankings three weeks ago at No. 10. The Wolverines moved up to the No. 8 spot this week after being ranked No. 9 last week.
Monday's match against the 'Lopes will be streamed live on UVU's athletic website.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.