Sept. 24, 2011
OREM, Utah - Playing at home for the first time in nearly a month, Utah Valley held off a late charge by Montana to win 3-2 on Saturday night at Clyde Field.
Three different players scored goals for the Wolverines (5-6), who won their second straight and their final match before beginning Great West Conference action on Oct. 7 at North Dakota.
"We were able to do some things that we worked on during the week and it paid off today. We created good opportunities and took advantage of those," said head coach Brent Anderson. "It was scrappy towards the end. That's a team (Montana) that came back from 4-1 at Southern Utah and we knew they would battle. We were expecting them to push and the girls withstood that very well."
Ashley Burdett scored the first goal of the game for Utah Valley, turning and firing a shot at the top of the box in the 28th minute. But that 1-0 lead was short-lived as India Watne scored for the Grizzlies (3-6-1) just 46 seconds later on a shot from the far right corner that trickled in.
The Wolverines re-gained the lead in the 35th minute on McKell Salmon's first career goal. Lexi Dunn's direct kick from beyond midfield went into the box was headed out by a defender and ricocheted to Salmon, who scored just 40 seconds after she entered the game. UVU carried the 2-1 lead into the break.
Camille Broderick scored in the 51st minute to give UVU some insurance it would need. The score would be 3-1 for over 30 minutes before Brooke Moody made it a one-goal contest, scoring after a shot by Tyler Adair was saved.
The Wolverines withstood Montana's pressure the rest of the way to sweep the season series from the Grizzlies 2-0 and finish the season 4-1 against schools from the Big Sky Conference.
UVU will play six of its final eight games in the Great West. After playing at North Dakota on Oct. 7, the preseason favorites will return home to face Southern Utah in a non-conference match on Oct. 10.