OREM UVSC's women's soccer pushed itself out of the doldrums with a 5-0 win over the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Friday afternoon.
The Wolverines losers of their past five coming into the game came together as a unit in getting their first home win.
"We had some players come out today and play with determination," UVSC coach Brent Anderson said.
Coming out of the blocks, both UVSC and NJIT were closely matched in the first half as the Wolverines held an 8-6 shot advantage.
Athena Bradshaw's goal in the 16th minute was the difference maker early. Andi Bagdan assisted on the score with a feed from the left touchline to catch Bradshaw in stride. Bradshaw then outran a tackle attempt to put the ball in the net.
A mix of stifling defense and hard running thwarted the Highlanders attack as UVSC held them to only one shot in the second half.
"With the organization we had with our defense, it allowed the rest of the team to relax a little bit," Anderson said. "We didn't get into these little foot races."
Fourteen shots in that half didn't help the Highlanders from getting off their back feet as UVSC scored four goals from its attack.
The Wolverines' effort didn't end until the whistle. Shantae Adams' two goals in the last 15 minutes of the game showed that the team can continue a good game right to the end.
Adams' first goal came on a one-on-one chance in the box when she deked NJIT keeper Sadie Mele for an open chance. UVSC goalie Hailey Brown assisted on the play as her kick from the Wolverines' end of the field caught Adams near midfield.
"I could see her (Mele) leaning to one side," Adams said. "So I decided I was going to fake it there and had more space to go to the other side."
The second from Adams didn't require quite as much effort as she used her stomach to nudge the ball in at the goal line.
Taryn Smith and Adrienne Schneider scored UVSC's second and third goals as its offense peaked early in the second half.
The Wolverines don't get much rest as they take on Delaware State in their last regular-season home game today at 3.
"If we can go 2-0 this weekend, then we can get a good seed in our conference and end the season on a better note," UVSC forward Jenni Clough said.