Wolverines set for WAC return legs at Seattle U, Idaho

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Freshman defender Sara Ranck
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM
Freshman defender Sara Ranck
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM

Oct. 17, 2013

Live Stats vs. Seattle U | Live Video vs. Seattle U | Live Stats vs. Idaho

OREM, Utah -- With seven WAC matches gone, Utah Valley University gets set to make its second pass through conference play when it visits league-leader Seattle University and Idaho this weekend. The Wolverines will face SU at 8:14 p.m. MT Friday night and Idaho on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Live stats are available for both matches and live video for Friday's contest with Seattle U through GoSeattleU.com.

UTAH VALLEY

UVU (6-7-1, 4-2-1 WAC) went unbeaten in conference play last weekend, picking up a 2-0 victory over Kansas City before settling for a 2-2 draw with New Mexico State. The results move the Wolverines to 13 points on the WAC season, a figure that situates them into second place in the league table -- five points behind first-place SU and one point better than third-place UMKC.

The Last Meeting
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October 6, 2013
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UVU clipped by Seattle U, 2-0
Utah Valley University suffered its second WAC loss of the weekend Sunday afternoon, falling to first-place and preseason conference favorite Seattle University 2-0 at Clyde Field.

The Last Meeting
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October 4, 2013
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Four-match win streak ends against Idaho
Despite a decisive advantage in shots, shots on goal, and corner kicks, Utah Valley dropped a 1-0 decision to Idaho at Clyde Field on Friday night.

Last Friday, the Wolverines and Kangaroos took a 0-0 draw into halftime, but second-half strikes from Natalie Baker and Haley Curtis sent the Wolverines to its third home victory of the season. Curtis also assisted on Baker's game-winner, nodding a perfectly placed through ball to free Baker onto goal.

Sunday's match against NM State saw UVU go ahead 2-0 at the interval, but a steadfast Aggie side tied the match over the final 45 minutes as the contest ultimately ended in 2-2 stalemate. Sophomore forward Kali Stubbs scored both goals for the Wolverines, tallying twice within a three-minute span midway through the first period.

Stubbs' Sunday double pushed her season total in goals to six, good enough for the outright team lead. Curtis and Baker follow with five apiece while Lexi Robison and freshman Taylor Kirk each have scored a pair. Senior Curtis also paces Utah Valley in assists with five. She notched three last weekend as she also had a hand in setting up both goals on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Lauren Sack took both decisions last weekend and is 5-6-1 on the season. The senior continues to lead the WAC in saves per game (5.14) and save percentage (.800). She is second in the league in total saves at 72.

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY

Seattle U (9-2-2, 6-0-0 WAC) sits atop the WAC standings with 18 points and an unblemished record. The Redhawks have won seven consecutive matches and pace the conference in nearly every statistical category: goals scored (30), goals per game (2.31), total assists (28), goals allowed (13), and shutouts (7).

A 5-0 victory at Grand Canyon marked the Redhawks' only contest last week. The visitors took a 2-0 lead into halftime and tacked on a trio more in the second period. The five goals came from four different SU players as preseason Player of the Year and Salt Lake City native Stephanie Verdoia punched in a double. With a pair of tallies against GCU, Verdoia, a junior, has now scored in six consecutive games and remains tied atop the WAC's goal scorer list with UMKC's Taylor Bare with 10 goals.

Senior midfielder Mary Hill, who has three assists on the season, earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors following the win at GCU. Seattle U has now had at least one representative as a WAC Player of the Week for four straight weeks.

Aside from Verdoia's 10, redshirt freshman Natasha Howe has six goals this season while senior Jacqui Wallis has four. Verdoia and Howe teamed up to score the Redhawks' two goals in a 2-0 win over Utah Valley earlier this season.

Sophomore Brianna Smallidge has started all 13 matches at keeper and has taken all decisions at 9-2-2. She has 42 saves and a .764 save percentage.

SERIES vs. SEATTLE U

Utah Valley has never beaten Seattle U and trails 5-0-0 in the all-time series. The two sides met at SU's Championship Field last season with the home side prevailing 4-2.

IDAHO

Meanwhile, Idaho (3-10-0, 3-3-0 WAC) enters the weekend on a two-game skid having dropped a 2-0 decision to GCU in Phoenix on Sunday. The Vandals have nine points in the standings and currently occupy the fourth-place spot.

Idaho's last win came in Orem against UVU as it grabbed a 1-0 victory on Oct. 4. The Vandals have not scored a goal since, falling to Bakersfield 1-0 before the Grand Canyon setback.

J.P. Burgess scored the game-winner for Idaho against Utah Valley two weeks ago, the sophomore's lone goal of the season. Leading the Vandals in scoring are a trio of midfielders in Katie Baran, Alyssa Pease, and Elexis Schlossarek. Each have a tallied twice in 2013.

Goalkeepers Marina Siegl and Torell Stewart have shared duty in front of goal this season with Siegl seeing 12 starts to Stewart's one. Siegl is 2-5-0 with 43 saves while Stewart is 1-5-0 with 32 saves.

SERIES vs. IDAHO

Having lost to the Vandals earlier this season, UVU now trails in the all-time series 4-3-0. The Wolverines fell at Guy Wicks Field in Moscow last season, 1-0.

UP NEXT

Utah Valley will return home for the final time this season next weekend when it hosts GCU for Senior Night at Clyde Field. That match kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25.