OREM — Chelsea Arnell's goal with 4:55 left in the game gave UVSC (3-6-1) a hard fought 3-2 victory over Nevada (2-7-1) Thursday afternoon at Wolverine Field.
Jessica Joyner set up the goal, centering the ball to Arnell, who blasted it past the Wolf Pack's goalie.
"That's one of those goals where you just say, 'Goal,' " Wolverine coach Gabrielle Smart said, throwing her arms in the air. "It was so sweet. Chelsea (Arnell) just put that away. That ball really had fire. Goals like that are why I like coaching."
Smart said this was the most consistent effort her team has given all season.
"That's the first game that we actually played the full 90 minutes," Smart said. "We didn't have mental lapses. In the past, we mentally let down, and that caused us to lose games."
Consistency is something UVSC has been lacking all year in losing four games by just one goal while posting a 2-6-1 record before Thursday's victory over Nevada.
What Smart said she was most pleased with was her team's defensive effort in the second half. The Wolverines held the Wolf Pack to just one shot on goal in second half while consistently beating Nevada to the ball.
"That second half was the best our defense has ever been," Smart said. "They played solid and really strong, especially to shut down No.12 (Annie Baxter). She's a real good player."
Despite UVSC's strong defensive effort, it trailed early after Nevada's Naomi Hernandez scored the only goal of the first half.
The Wolverines countered in the second half when Robyn Rasmussen scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season to tie the game at one.
The Wolf Pack took a 2-1 lead on Brianne Wahrenbrock's penalty kick, but UVSC scored the game's final two goals to earn the 3-2 victory.
UVSC will take on Idaho State Oct. 2 at noon at Wolverine Field.