WAC leaders converge in Orem this weekend

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Kali Stubbs brings a three-game goal scoring streak into the weekend
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM
Kali Stubbs brings a three-game goal scoring streak into the weekend
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM

Oct. 3, 2013

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OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University will put its unblemished league record on the line when the top three in the WAC standings face off in Orem this weekend. UVU faces second-place Idaho at 7 p.m. Friday night then meets fellow conference unbeaten and preseason favorite Seattle University at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both matches will be played at Clyde Field.

Live stats and live video are available for both matches, free of charge.

The Last Meeting
Utah Valley0
Idaho1
September 21, 2012
Moscow, Idaho
UVU Downed at Idaho, 1-0
A goal conceded in the 65th minute was the difference as the Utah Valley University women's soccer team fell to Idaho, 1-0, Friday afternoon at Guy Wicks Field.

The Last Meeting
Utah Valley2
Seattle University4
September 23, 2012
Seattle, Washington
Wolverines Fall in Sunday Matinee in Seattle
Utah Valley University soccer dropped a 4-2 decision on Sunday afternoon at Seattle University. Regan Benson scored her team-leading fourth goal while freshman Kali Stubbs recorded her first career goal in the second half.

UTAH VALLEY

The Wolverines (5-5-0, 3-0-0 WAC) pulled back to .500 on the season in a 5-3 victory over Grand Canyon last Sunday. Its only match of the week, Utah Valley scored three times in the final 45 minutes to break a 2-2 deadlock at intermission and claim its fourth consecutive victory. Five goals marks the largest output by the Wolverines this season and eight goals scored is the highest match total seen by a UVU squad since Nov. 5, 2010 when it defeated Delaware State 8-0.

In a streak that dates back to October of 2011, the Wolverines have now won 10 consecutive conference matches.

Natalie Baker paced the offensive outburst, scoring twice in the match to push her season total to four goals. Lexi Robison added her second goal of the season while Kristen Bailey-Yoo scored for the first time in her Wolverine career just before halftime. Haley Curtis, who also has four goals on the season, added two assists in the victory.

The senior duo of Baker and Curtis continue to lead Utah Valley in scoring, but they are joined at the top by another forward: Kali Stubbs. The sophomore also has four goals to her name and enters the weekend having tallied in three consecutive matches. Robison and Taylor Kirkhave each scored a double and three more Wolverines sit with a single score on the season. In all, UVU's 19 goals on the year are good enough for second in the WAC, just behind top-scorer Seattle and its 21 goals.

IDAHO

Idaho (2-8-0, 2-1-0 WAC) came up empty-handed in its non-conference schedule, but has since won two of three conference matches to grab a second-place spot in the early league standings.

The Vandals opened their WAC campaign with back-to-back home wins over GCU and New Mexico State, but suffered a setback in a 2-1 overtime loss to Kansas City on Sunday. Battling through cold and rainy conditions, Idaho and UMKC ground to a 1-1 tie in regulation before the visitors found the golden goal in the closing moments of the first overtime period.

Sunday's match capped a five-game homestand for the Vandals who will now spend its next three contests on the road. Following a Friday date with Utah Valley, Idaho heads to Bakersfield Sunday then rematches with Grand Canyon in Phoenix a week later.

A preseason All-WAC selection, junior midfielder Katie Baran is one of three Vandals with two goals scored on the season. She also leads the team with six total points having added two assists on the year. True freshman Alyssa Pease and redshirt freshman Elexis Schlossarek, both midfielders, round out Idaho's goal-scoring leaders.

Senior defender Nitalia Zuniga, another member of the preseason All-WAC team, leads Idaho with three assists. She picked up all three in one match, assisting on each goal in the Vandal's 3-2 win over NM State.

The all-time series between Utah Valley and Idaho is tied 3-3 with the most recent matchup going the way of the Vandals -- a 1-0 decision in Moscow last season. The last time the two sides met in Orem was Oct. 3, 2008. Overtime was needed that day as the Wolverines prevailed 2-1. UVU and Idaho were picked to finish in a tie for second in the WAC's Preseason Coaches' Poll back in August.

SEATTLE U

Seattle U (6-2-2, 3-0-0 WAC) enters the weekend on a four-match winning streak of its own, including three consecutive shutouts. Over that span, the Redhawks have scored 13 unanswered goals and rank first in the conference in goals scored as a team.

Facing UMKC and NM State last weekend, SU posted identical 3-0 victories to grab their league-leading third and fourth shutouts of the season. Stephanie Verdoia, a Salt Lake City native, scored three goals and delivered a pair of assists between the two matches on her way to her second consecutive WAC Offensive Player of the Week accolade.

A junior forward and the league's preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Verdoia leads the Redhawks and the WAC with six goals scored. Redshirt freshman Natasha Howe is second on the team with four goals scored while preseason Defensive Player of the Year Julia Besagno and senior Jacqui Wallis have three goals apiece.

Goalkeeper Brianna Smallidge has started all 10 matches for SU and has 30 saves and a .698 save percentage in 885 minutes of action. Monique Escalera, a senior defender, is the reigning WAC Defensive Player of the Week after anchoring a Redhawk back line that allowed only six shots in two matches last week.

The Redhawks were a near-unanimous pick to win the WAC in the preseason poll, taking six of a possible seven first-place votes. So far, SU has lived up to the preseason billing, as it is the only WAC women's soccer program to hold a winning percentage greater than .500 and holds a conference-leading RPI of 105.

The Wolverines and Redhawks have met four times previously and the latter has claimed every meeting. Seattle handed UVU its only loss by a margin of more than one goal last season, topping the Wolverines 4-2 in the Emerald City. The last time SU trekked to Orem was Oct. 27, 2008 where it bested UVU 1-0.

UP NEXT

Utah Valley's four-game homestand continues next weekend when UMKC and NM State visit Clyde Field. From there, the Wolverines will close the season with four of their subsequent five matches on the road.