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UVSC women get first soccer victory

OREM — Saturday marked two critical firsts for the Utah Valley State women's soccer team.

In their third game, the Wolverines notched both their first goals and win of the season in a 3-1 manhandling of visiting California Baptist.

UVSC, led by a pair of goals from freshman Jenni Wright, won possession of nearly every 50/50 ball and dominated play before Wolverines coach Justin Wagar emptied his bench midway through the second half.

"The girls finally broke the ice and got some goals," Wagar said. "We had a ton of opportunities. I think today was a good day for our team because it gave us an opportunity to work on finding the back of the net and getting confidence that we can score."

The impressive showing by UVSC came as no big surprise, given that the Wolverines were taller, faster and stronger than the NAIA Lancers. Courtney Robbins put UVSC on the board in the 20th minute with an unassisted goal. From the left side of the penalty box, she laced a laser across the field into the upper right corner of the net above and beyond outstretched California Baptist keeper Heather Andrews.

Wright made it 2-0 just before halftime. Wolverines midfielder Megan Berrett shot the ball from the right corner, it bounced off Andrews' hands, and Wright slammed the rebound into the back of the net.

In the 55th minute, Wright redirected a Jo Woodbury pass past a fallen Andrews to make it 3-0.

Nicole Prather rose above the crowd to head in a goal for the Lancers in the 77th minute, cutting UVSC's lead to 3-1. The goal came against a Wolverine lineup that at that point consisted mostly of reserves. The result from Saturday duplicated the outcome of the teams' previous meeting when, in 2003, the Wolverines beat the Lancers by the same 3-1 score.

UVSC's next match is Saturday, when the Wolverines will host Southern Utah at 2 p.m.


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