Natalie Baker named WAC Player of the Week

Natalie Baker

Sept. 16, 2013

DENVER -- Announced Monday, Utah Valley University's Natalie Baker has been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 9-15. Baker's accolade is the first for Wolverine women's soccer and the third of the spring for UVU.

Baker claimed the honor after tallying a goal and an assist in the Wolverines' 2-1 victory over UC Davis on Sunday. She scored on her only shot attempt of the week, putting UVU ahead 1-0 in the 16th minute against the Aggies when she beat the keeper with a sliding, driven effort from the top of the box. The senior forward would add an assist just over five minutes later when her lateral pass set up teammate Lexi Robison to score what proved to be the game-winning goal.

It was the 17th career goal for the Springville, Utah, native, who now sits just one goal behind fourth place on UVU's all-time scorers list. She has scored twice this season to go along with a pair of assists.

Jessica Schutter, a senior goalkeeper from New Mexico State took the league's defensive honors. She led the Aggies to two shutouts in the final non-conference weekend of the season, grabbing seven saves at Northern Colorado and a season-high nine at Wyoming. It marks the first time Schutter has recorded back-to-back shutouts in her career. She has three shutouts this season and six in her career, which ties her for first on NM State's career shutout list.

Alongside Grand Canyon keeper Cat Lena, Utah Valley senior defender Lexi Dunn also earned a nomination for Defensive Player of the Week.

Baker and Dunn will lead UVU into one of its most meaningful matches in program history as the Wolverines face Bakersfield in the WAC opener Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Clyde Field.