OREM — Cold weather usually means slow and bland soccer. The opposite was true for UVSC as it defeated Delaware State 5-1 on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
As the wind chill approached the freezing mark during the first half, that's when the Wolverines kicked it into gear.
"We have a lot of offensive tools on this team and it's good to get them going" UVSC coach Brent Anderson said.
Three goals by UVSC in that half was all it took for the win. It helped that the Wolverines attempted a school-record 49 shots in the game with 18 of those on goal.
In contrast, Delaware State didn't have much of an offense. It attempted only three shots with none on target. With one goal, one would think that the Hornets had to at least get a shot at the net, but a UVSC own goal midway through the first half when goalkeeper Mallory Schott slipped in a last-ditch save attempt tied the game at one.
UVSC took the lead for good a few minutes after the equalizer when Adrienne Schneider was all alone on the left side of the pitch and took the ball into the penalty area, where she lofted it into the right corner of the net.
"You have to shoot to score," Schneider said.
Schneider's two goals and one assist led UVSC. Schneider helped out on the Wolverines' first score when she fed Jenni Clough in the box and Clough beat the Delaware State keeper in a one-on-one battle.
Delaware State was left shorthanded later in the first half when Leah Hontz was red-carded after she stopped a sure Wolverines goal with her hand. Lauren Bluth had no problem with the ensuing penalty kick for UVSC and skipped the ball straight into goal.
Play was static coming out of the break as the Wolverines didn't get many chances and midfield play wasn't consistent.
"The second half we started out a little bit slow and didn't really get it going," Anderson said.
That changed in the last 20 minutes when Schneider got her second goal that didn't appear to make it in at first. She headed the ball into the net from Sara Walker's corner kick.
"I wasn't sure, so it was just whatever they called it," Schneider said.
Walker scored one of her own with five minutes left from a cross from Clough.