Oct. 28, 2011
OREM, Utah -- After a three-game, East Coast swing last weekend, Utah Valley returns home for its final, and biggest, game of the regular season. With a win over South Carolina State Saturday night at Clyde Field, UVU would clinch the Great West Conference Regular Season title. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
The 2011 season marks the first time in Great West Conference history in which an outright regular season conference champion will be crowned. In previous years, the conference was divided into two, four-team divisions, but after the departure of South Dakota, the divisions were dissolved into one, seven-team league. UVU is the two-time defending champion of the Great West Conference West Division while SCSU won last year's East Division title.
"Very rarely do you get to play a game in the regular season with this much on the line, and that's what we get to do. It's fun to think about to and prepare for," said UVU head coach Brent Anderson. "It's also the last home game for our seniors and we want to send them out with a win as well."
UVU (9-8-1, 4-1-0 GWC) will look to maintain last Saturday's form when it defeated NJIT in Newark, New Jersey, 4-1. The Wolverines scored four goals in the second half, getting two apiece from Natalie Young and Kaitlyn Thomas, to seal the victory and set up this weekend's culminating conference clash.
The South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-8-3, 3-1-1 GWC) enter the contest tied for second in the GWC standings and will need a win to keep their hopes of a conference title alive. SCSU comes to Orem having lost its first conference match of the season Thursday night at Houston Baptist, dropping a 2-1 decision. UVU is 2-0-0 all-time against the Bulldogs.
Saturday night is also Senior Night for UVU, as it will bid farewell to five Wolverine seniors. Defender Brianne Larsen Bastian, forward Jaime Lyons, and midfielders Camille Broderick, Ashley Burdett, and Kaitlyn Thomas will all play their final match at Clyde Field.
After Saturday's match, UVU will await its seeding for the 2011 Great West Soccer Tournament, to be held in Newark, New Jersey. All seven GWC teams will participate in the tournament, with the regular season champion earning a bye into the semifinals.