Jay Drowns, UVU Athletics
Libby Weber directs traffic on the pitch. The senior midfielder scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Oral Roberts on Sunday.
Libby Weber scored the game-winning goal in the 59th minute to help the Utah Valley University women’s soccer team secure a 2-1 road victory over Oral Roberts on Sunday afternoon at Case Soccer Complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Utah Valley snaps a three-match skid to improve to 2-4-0 on the season. Oral Roberts falls to 1-4-0 with the loss. The match also ends a streak of six-straight road games to start the season.
“I was really happy with our effort today,” said Utah Valley head coach Chris Lemay. “I was proud of the way our team reacted after conceding the game-tying goal. It would have been easy for us to throw in the towel on an extremely hot day at the end of a six-match road stretch with all of the travel, but we didn’t. We hung in there and had a great reaction. That moment could very well be a turning point for us.”
Utah Valley struck first in the 26th minute after Ashlyn Farnes found a loose ball inside the box and fired a shot into the back of the net to give the Wolverines a 1-0 advantage. Sydney Fitzpatrick was credited with the assist on the score. The goal marks Farne’s first career goal as a Wolverine.
Oral Robert’s Jordan Langebartels received a pass from Amanda Dial outside the box before making a move around the UVU defense for the equalizer in the 60th minute to tie the game at 1-1.
The tie didn’t last long as Utah Valley’s Weber connected on a shot from 18 yards out just 21 seconds later, scoring what proved to be the game winner for the Wolverines. The goal is Weber’s first of the season and the seventh of her career at UVU. Both Hannah Bruce and Breanna McCarter earned an assist on the Weber goal.
Utah Valley dominated the match on the offensive side of the ball, outshooting Oral Roberts, 20-7, on the day, including a 9-3 shots on goal advantage. Breanna DeWaal led UVU with a match-high seven shots, including a match-best four on net. Fitzpatrick, Tori Smith and McCarter each recorded two shots. The Wolverines registered six corner kicks to ORU’s one.
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