OREM — Jenni Wright scored a game-tying goal five minutes from the end of regulation and teammate Carolyn Theurer added the game-winning goal in overtime to propel the Utah Valley State women's soccer team to a 2-1 home victory Monday afternoon over Portland State.
UVSC (3-5) snapped a mini two-match skid following losses last week in El Paso, Texas, to UTEP and Louisiana Monroe.
Despite outshooting the Vikings 16-5 for the match, the Wolverines couldn't find the net until late in the 90-minute regulation. Portland State's Salina Karia scored in the 35th minute, with UVSC facing the 1-0 deficit for the next 50 minutes.
Wright's game-tying score came off a Theurer assist in the 85th minute, with UVSC's Courtney Asay-Robbins nearly adding a go-ahead goal moments later on a shot that PSU keeper Niki Brooks saved with a punch over the crossbar.
Utah Valley's game-winner came on a free kick following a Viking foul, as Chelsea Arnell booted the ball from 35 yards out, and Theurer redirected it with a tap into the net.
"Chelsea kicked the perfect pass and Theurer had the perfect shot," said UVSC assistant coach Krissa Reinbold.
UVSC was without head coach Justin Wagar, asked by college administrators to not participate in Monday's match because of his actions toward an official during Friday's 5-0 loss at UTEP.
The Wolverines next play in the UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, facing host UNLV on Friday night and Northern Arizona on Sunday afternoon.