Nov. 7, 2013
2013 WAC Women's Soccer Tournament Central
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University is set to tangle with Kansas City in the second of two semifinal matches at the WAC Women's Soccer Tournament on Friday. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. MT at the Soccer Athletic Complex on the campus of New Mexico State University.
The winner advances to Sunday's final to face either top-seeded Seattle U or fourth-seeded Idaho. The WAC Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Last Meeting
November 3, 2013
Kansas City, Missouri
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UVU (9-9-1, 7-4-1 WAC) will be looking to continue its recent string of playoff success when it makes its first appearance at the WAC Tournament. In four seasons in the Great West Conference, the Wolverines came away with three GWC tournament titles, including the 2011 and 2012 crowns. In fact, Friday's match marks the fifth consecutive season that UVU will appear in the semifinals of its conference tournament.
"We are looking forward to the tournament and the competition this week," said UVU head coach Brent Anderson. "I'm very proud of the team for the way they have performed so far this season and I believe that we still have our best games in front of us. We are new to the WAC, but this is a familiar situation for us. We have traditionally performed well in a tournament setting and I expect that we will rise to the occasion in Las Cruces."
Utah Valley will be led into the weekend by its four seniors, each of whom were named first team All-WAC earlier this week. Forward Natalie Baker, midfielder Haley Curtis, defender Lexi Dunn, and goalkeeper Lauren Sack were all voted onto the first team ballot by the league's coaches as the Wolverines tied regular season champion Seattle U for the most representatives on the list.
In addition to her first team recognition, Sack was also named WAC Defensive Player of the Year for her stellar work at keeper. The Reno, Nev., native led the league in saves per match (4.74) and was second in both total saves (90) and save percentage (.769). Having taken the top defensive honors in the GWC in both 2011 and 2012, Sack has now won three consecutive DPOY awards.
Baker and Curtis led the Wolverines this season with seven goals apiece, combining for 14 of UVU's 31 total tallies on the year. Curtis also added a team-high seven assists to give her a team-leading and career-high 21 points this season. Sophomore forward Kali Stubbs has six goals to her name, with five of those strikes coming in WAC play.
Manning the back line, Dunn and Sack will have their hands full with Kansas City's own first-teamer, forward Taylor Bare. The senior put up Player of the Year type numbers this season, tying for the league lead in goals scored with 13, including five game-winning goals. Bare was sharp against Utah Valley in the season finale last weekend, scoring twice to lift the Kangaroos to a 3-0 victory.
UMKC finished the regular season in second place in the WAC standings, going 11-8-1 overall and 8-4-0 in WAC play.
Friday's fixture looks to be a true grudge match as UVU and UMKC split the season series 1-1. Each side grabbed a win at their home venue as the Wolverines topped the `Roos 2-0 in Orem, but fell 3-0 on the return leg.