Oct. 22, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. - Playing their third game in less than five days, the Utah Valley University soccer team used a big second half to pick up a key Great West Conference win, 4-1 at NJIT on Saturday.
The Wolverines (9-8-1, 4-1) trailed 1-0 at the break but scored four times in the second half, getting two goals each from Natalie Young and Kaitlyn Thomas.
The win puts Utah Valley in position to win the Great West regular season title when it hosts South Carolina State next Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. SCSU is 3-0-1 in conference and plays at Houston Baptist on Thursday, Oct. 27 prior to coming to Orem.
"We knew we had to have a good performance today and wanted to be in control of our own destiny," said UVU coach Brent Anderson. "At halftime we made some adjustments and it payed off almost immediately."
The Highlanders (2-14, 1-3) took their lead on a 25th-minute goal by Gechi Ikaegbu for the 1-0 halftime lead. Less than five minutes out of the break, Young scored her first goal from eight yards out on an assist from Thomas.
"As soon as we got that goal that gave the girls the confidence they needed and we were able to move the ball around well and create some good chances," Anderson said.
Young then added her team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 58th minute - her third game-winning goal of the year - on an assist from Regan Clifford, putting UVU in front for good.
Thomas' insurance goals came in the 64th and 68th minutes, on assists from Jaime Lyons and Young. Lauren Sack played the final 45 minutes at keeper and had three saves to get the win in goal.
Utah Valley had 15 of its 20 shots in the second half including eight of the 10 shots on goal. NJIT finished the contest with 11 shots, five on goal.
It was the third multi-goal game of the year for Young, who also has 24 points, two shy of matching the school record for points in a season.
Next Saturday's match against South Carolina State will be Senior Night. Five seniors; Camille Broderick, Ashley Burdett, Brianne Larsen Bastian, Jaime Lyons and Kaitlyn Thomas will be honored prior to the game.