Sept. 22, 2011
POCATELLO, Idaho - Utah Valley scored a season-high five goals in a runaway 5-1 win at Idaho State on Thursday at Davis Field behind two goals each from Natalie Young and Kaitlyn Thomas.
The Wolverines (4-6) also finished with season-highs of 25 shots overall and 18 shots on goal, owning a decided 18-5 edge in that category over the Bengals (3-6-1). The win helps UVU cap a six-game swing away from home at 3-3 as the team returns to Orem to host Montana on Saturday in the first home match in nearly a month.
"The team played very well together today," said head coach Brent Anderson. "The attackers really stepped up today and were very determined. We had good timing from our midfielders and our defenders were well organized and kept play in front of them."
Young wasted no time in giving UVU an early advantage, taking a deep pass from Kelsey Kimball Cook and scoring on a header less than two minutes into the contest. She scored again 12 minutes later - her team-leading fourth goal of the season - on an assist from Shalayne Janis to give Utah Valley a 2-0 lead.
Idaho State got on the board on a goal by Allyssa Kenney in the 32nd minute to trim the UVU lead to 2-1 at halftime.
Thomas scored the first of her two goals right after the break, on an Ashley Burdett assist just over five minutes into second half.
The Wolverines then put the game out of reach with a pair of goals less than a minute apart. Thomas' second score of the game - and third of the season - came on assists from Regan Clifford and Young and Clifford then added the final goal just 59 seconds later.
"After they (ISU) scored we finished off the first half much better and built on that into the second half. The girls had a lot of energy today and a a lot of confidence and both of those things were critical in our success," Anderson said.
Saturday's contest is a rematch of the Sept. 11 game at Montana in which Burdett scored with just nine seconds left to give Utah Valley a dramatic 2-1 win.
Saturday is also Utah Youth Soccer Association Night at Clyde Field. Kids ages 6-14 will receive free admission when they wear their soccer jersey or Calle shirt. Activities will be set up in the parking lot with free ice cream available beginning at 6 p.m.