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Wolverines hold off T-Birds

Utah Valley State captured a 2-1 victory over Southern Utah Saturday in women's soccer and, in the process, got its team captain back on track as the Wolverines also won their second straight home game of the early season.

Carolyn Theurer put the Wolverines (2-3-0) in front 1-0 in the 15th minute on an assist from Jenni Wright. Theurer received the ball just inside the box straight away from the goal and kicked a strong shot just under the cross bar into the back of the net. It was her first goal of the year on seven shots.

"I think I've been putting too much pressure on myself to go out there and score," said Theurer. "Someone told me today to just go out there and play like you love to play."

Courtney Robbins scored what turned out to be the winning goal for the Wolverines in the 37th minute when she controlled a rebound just inside the top, right side of the box and crossed the ball off the far post and into the net.

"Carolyn Theurer, our captain, stepped up big today with a goal," said Wolverine coach Justin Wagar. "And Courtney Robbins, with three goals for us this year, is doing great things."

The first half ended with UVSC holding a 2-0 lead, but SUU made it interesting late in the second half with an unassisted goal by Tara Olson. In the 71st minute, Olson found herself with the ball and a small opening at the top of the box. She crushed a shot over the keeper and into the back of the net.

SUU (3-1-1) had several opportunities to tie the game in the closing minutes. In the 78th minute, Catherine Johnson had an open shot on the left side, but kicked the ball just wide of the goal. Just inside the 90th minute Olson had another look at the goal, but kicked a weak shot right to the keeper.

"Our girls played a very good game today," said Wagar. "It was the best possession game we've played all year. We played an attacking possession style of play today. It worked in the first half. They switched up their formation in the second half with three forwards and it took away some of our possession game in the back."

The Wolverines out-shot SUU 6-1 in the first half and finished the game with a 11-5 advantage on shots. Wright led UVSC with three shots on goal, while SUU had five players with one shot each.