The Utah Valley University women's soccer team takes on a pair of ranked United Soccer Coaches Western Poll ranked teams this week as the Wolverines continue road play at UNLV and Cal State Northridge on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Utah Valley returns to the pitch this week after opening the season with a 1-1 record at the OHANA Hotels by Outrigger Shootout last week in Hawaii. The team opened the year with a 2-1 overtime loss to Hawaii before bouncing back with a 2-1 win over Houston Baptist.
Breanna DeWaal led the Wolverines in the two matches, tallying two goals, 12 shots and eight shots on goal. The sophomore midfielder notched the game-winning goal against Houston Baptist after recording UVU's first goal of the season in the loss to UH. DeWaal registered a .667 shots on goal percentage on the week.
Doriana Moul scored her first goal as a Wolverines in the win over Houston Baptist. The sophomore forward also recorded an assist and finished the week with three shots, including two on goal. Amber Tripp and Amanda Marshal also tallied an assist on the week. The Utah Valley defense held Houston Baptist to just a penalty kick goal last week. Hannah Bruce played nearly every minute of both matches on the backline last week, helping anchor the Wolverine defense that only gave up 19 shots and six shots on goal by the team's two opponents last week.
UNLV opened the season with a pair of home wins last week over Drake and Wright State. The Rebels shut out Drake, 3-0, before downing Wright State, 5-1. UNLV registered an impressive eight goals in its two matches. Junior forward Amanda Galbraith led the Rebel attack with two goals and two assists for six points during the two games. She also fired six shots, including two on net. Sophomore forward Michaela Morris also registered a pair of goals and led UNLV with nine shots, including a team-best five on goal. Six different Rebels recorded a goal in the team's two matches. Senior keeper Jordan Sallee led the defensive effort in the box, compiling two wins, one shutout and six saves on the week. UNLV is ranked 14th in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Western Top-15 poll this week. The Rebels are coached by Chris Shaw who is in his fourth season with the team. He holds a 38-22-7 record in his time at UNLV and led his team to a Mountain West Conference title and NCAA appearance in 2016.
Utah Valley and UNLV meet on the pitch for just the sixth time on Friday. UNLV holds an all-time 3-2-0 record against the Wolverines, including a perfect 3-0-0 all-time mark against UVU in Las Vegas. UVU defeated UNLV, 2-1, last year in Orem.
Cal State Northridge opened its 2017 campaign last week with a pair of draws against No. 24 Long Beach State and Pacific. The Matadors tied Long Beach State, 1-1, in double overtime on the road before returning home to play Pacific to a double-overtime 1-1 draw. Junior midfielder Marissa Favela and junior midfielder Kirsten Von Meter each tallied goals for CSUN. Favela led the team with 10 shots in the two matches, including a team-best six shots on goal. Freshman midfielder Avery DeWitt, senior forward Sylvia Trinh and freshman forward Payton Jo Armijo each recorded an assist on the week. Defensively, senior keeper Jovani McCaskill played all 220 minutes in goal, tallying the two ties, six saves and a .750 save percentage. CSUN is ranked No. 10 in this week's United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Western Top-15 poll. The Matadors are coached by Keith West who is in his 12th season with the team. He holds a 98-98-24 record in his time at CSUN and most recently led the squad to a Big West regular season title in 2016.
Utah Valley and CSUN meet on the pitch for the second time on Sunday. The Matadors defeated Utah Valley, 2-1, in double overtime in the only match ever played between the two teams in Orem on Sept. 10, 2004.
Utah Valley is on the road for nearly a month before opening its home slate at Clyde Field on Sept. 8, against Wyoming. UVU will play four more road matches before making its Clyde Field debut. Following its two matches at UNLV and CSUN this week, Utah Valley will travel to Oklahoma to play Tulsa and Oral Roberts on Sept. 1 and 3, respectively.
Friday's match at UNLV kicks off at 8 p.m. MT, while the game at CSUN gets underway at 2 p.m. MT, on Sunday.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.