The Utah Valley University women's soccer team plays its final regular season match of the year as the team wraps up league play at Seattle U on Saturday at Championship Field. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. MT. The game marks the final tune-up for UVU prior to next week's WAC Tournament in Phoenix.
The Wolverines have won five-straight matches dating back to a 9-0 shutout at Chicago State on Oct. 8. UVU then won a pair of home matches over New Mexico State and UT Rio Grande Valley before defeating Grand Canyon at home and CSU Bakersfield on the road last week. Breanna DeWaal scored both game-winners last week as the Wolverines claimed a 1-0 win over GCU and a 1-0 victory at CSUB. Brooklyn Nielsen was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week after picking up the two shutout victories in goal as she registered seven saves on the 15 shots she faced. The two wins secured the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming WAC Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. 1-5.
DeWaal leads the Wolverines in goals (nine), points (24), shots (63), shots on goal (33) and game-winners (four). She also is tied with Tori Smith for the team lead in assists with six. Breanna McCarter ranks second on the team in goals (six) and points (16). Freshman Amber Tripp has five goals, Smith and Sydney Fitzpatrick have four apiece, while Libby Weber has two. Doriana Moul and Ashlyn Farnes each have one goal this season.
The Wolverine defense has four shutouts this year, including two straight with last week's wins over GCU and CSUB. The UVU defense has allowed teams an average of only 10.3 shots per game with a shots on goal percentage of .426. Sophomore keeper Brooklyn Nielsen has led the Wolverines in the box with an 8-6-0 record. She has 34 saves with a .642 save percentage.
Utah Valley has scored 18 goals in its last five matches—an average of 3.6 goals per match. Since shutting out Chicago State on the road, 9-0, Utah Valley has continued its scoring spree, defeating New Mexico State, 5-2; UTRGV, 2-1; Grand Canyon, 1-0; and CSU Bakersfield, 1-0. Utah Valley's nine goals at Chicago State are the fifth most scored in a single match this season in the nation.
The Wolverines have attempted 130 corner kicks this season—the sixth most in the country. The team is also 13th in the nation in corner kicks per game this year at 6.84 per match. The Wolverines lead the WAC in both categories.
Utah Valley leads the WAC with 289 shots this season and also ranks first in the league in shots per game at 15.2 per match. The team leads the WAC and is tied for 11th nationally with 146 shots on goal and is tied for 37th in the country in shots on goal per game at 7.68.
Utah Valley and Seattle U meet on the pitch for the 16th time on Saturday evening. Seattle U holds an all-time 12-1-1 advantage over UVU. After dropping eight-straight matches to the Redhawks, Utah Valley was finally able to tie things up in a double overtime match in 2015. The Wolverines then picked up their first win over SU in the 2015 WAC Tournament championship match, defeating the Redhawks, 2-0, to claim the team's first WAC soccer title. Since UVU picked up the win in the 2015 WAC Tournament title match, Seattle U has won three-straight matches over the Wolverines before Utah Valley defeated the Redhawks, 3-0, earlier this year in a non-conference match. Seattle U holds an all-time 6-0-0 record against UVU in matches played at Championship Field in Seattle.
Seattle U enters Saturday's match with a 6-8-3 overall record and a 2-2-2 WAC mark. The Redhawks are 1-3-2 at home this season. SU has secured a spot in next week's WAC Tournament after going 1-0-1 last week. The Redhawks defeated CSU Bakersfield at home, 1-0, before picking up a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Grand Canyon. The win over CSUB was the team's first home win of the season. Senior defender Stephanie Spiekerman scored the game-winner against CSUB, while sophomore keeper Ashley Routh picked up the two shutouts in goal. Sophomore forward Jessie Ray leads the team with seven goals and 16 points. Freshman forward Leahi Manthei has helped with six goals and 13 points.
Saturday night's match at Seattle U will be broadcast live on the WAC Digital Network. The WAC Digital Network will also broadcast all five games of the 2017 WAC Women's Soccer Tournament.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit GoUVU.com.