The Utah Valley University women's soccer team begins a three-game home stand this week with WAC matches at Clyde Field against Chicago State and UMKC. Thursday's match against the Cougars kicks off at 5:30 p.m., while Saturday's match against the Kangaroos begins at 7 p.m.
Utah Valley (7-6-2, 1-2-1) snapped a three-match losing streak last week with a 1-0 overtime win at UT Rio Grande Valley and a 2-2 double overtime tie at New Mexico State. After opening WAC play with three of its first four matches on the road, the Wolverines return home to close out the conference season with three-straight games at Clyde Field where the team holds a 3-1-1 mark this year.
Alexis Peterson leads the Wolverines with five goals and 10 points this season. Sydney Fitzpatrick has three goals, while Breanna McCarter, Abby Jameson and Taylor Kirk have two goals apiece on the season. Seven other UVU players have recorded one goal this year. Freshman Breanna DeWaal leads the Wolverines with 48 shots, including a team-best 15 shots on goal. DeWaal and McCarter lead the team with three assists apiece. Nielsen leads the team in the box with a 5-2-2 record with three shutouts. She has 43 saves and owns a .843 save percentage on the season.
As a team, Utah Valley has netted 21 goals while allowing opponents 17. The Wolverines average 15.1 shots a match with a .376 shots on goal percentage. The Wolverines are holding opponents to a 1.13 goals per game average. UVU also holds a 226-171 shots advantage and a 85-60 edge on corner kicks.
Chicago State holds a 1-13-0 overall record this season. The Cougars lone win of the season was a 3-2 victory over St. Xavier back on Aug. 27. Since defeating St. Xavier, CSU has dropped 11 straight matches. Freshman midfielder Mariela Alba leads the team with three goals. She also has one assist on the year for a team-best seven points. Freshman Taylor Rankin and sophomore Amber Jones each have two goals on the season. Rankin leads the team with 30 shots, including a team-best 21 on goal. Junior Gabby Klemp and sophomore Audra Wisehart have split time in goal this year with Wisehart leading the duo with 77 saves. As a team, Chicago State has scored just nine goals this season while allowing 81. The Cougars allow an average of 5.79 goals per match. Chicago State heads into Thursday's match after dropping a pair of home games last week to CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon.
Utah Valley and Chicago State meet on the pitch for just the third time on Thursday evening. UVU holds an all-time 2-0-0 record against the Cougars, including a 1-0-0 all-time mark against CSU in Orem. The Wolverines defeated Chicago State, 7-1, last season in Chicago.
UMKC heads into the week with a 5-7-4 overall record. The Kangaroos have opened WAC play with an unbeaten 2-0-2 mark. UMKC has a four-match unbeaten streak dating back to a 2-1 double overtime win at UT Rio Grande Valley. The 'Roos then went 1-0-2 in a three-game home stand that ended with a 3-0 win over CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 16. Sophomore forward Kelsey Mothershead leads the Kangaroo offense with six goals this year. She also has an assist and leads the team in points (13), shots (44) and shots on goal (19). Sophomore keeper Anna Lillig leads UMKC in the box with a 3-7-4 record. She has registered 56 saves while allowing 20 goals this season. The 'Roos have scored 18 goals this season while allowing opponents 21.
Utah Valley and UMKC meet on the pitch for the eighth time on Saturday night. UVU holds an all-time 4-3-0 advantage over the Kangaroos. The two teams match up in Orem for the third time with UVU holding an all-time 2-0-0 record over UMKC at Clyde Field. UVU has won two straight over UMKC, including a 2-0 victory in the semifinals of last year's WAC Tournament in Bakersfield, California.
Utah Valley dropped a 1-0 decision to CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 7, in the team's WAC opener at Clyde Field, snapping the Wolverines' 14-match home unbeaten streak. The setback marks Utah Valley's first loss at Clyde Field since falling to Seattle U on Nov. 1, 2014.
Despite its Clyde Field unbeaten streak coming to an end at 14 matches on Oct. 7, UVU has enjoyed tremendous success on its home pitch. The Wolverines have lost just three matches at home the past three seasons, posting an impressive 20-3-4 record. UVU holds an all-time 65-32-10 mark at home since the Wolverines 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 14 matches with its 2-1 overtime win over Grand Canyon on Sept. 26, before it was halted with a loss to CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 7. The Wolverines ranked 24th (1,074 per game) nationally in attendance at Clyde Field last season. UVU ranks 15th in the nation in attendance after welcoming an average of 1,333 fans through the gates though five home matches this year.
Utah Valley remains in the No. 10 spot in the NSCAA West Region Top 10 poll. UVU is ranked No. 10 in this past week's poll after going 1-0-1 last week with a 1-0 win at UTRGV and a 2-2 tie at New Mexico State. The Wolverines have been ranked as high as No. 8 in the poll this season.
Thursday's match against Chicago State will be broadcast live on the WAC Digital Network.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.