Jay Drowns, UVU Athletics
Utah Valley players celebrate a goal in a 2-1 win over Wyoming in the team’s home opener at Clyde Field on Sept. 8.
The Utah Valley University women’s soccer team will travel the 3.4 miles down University Parkway to take on crosstown foe BYU in a UCCU Crosstown Clash matchup at South Field on Friday night.
Friday’s match at BYU marks Utah Valley’s ninth road match of the season. The Wolverines have played eight of their 10 matches on the road this year. Utah Valley enters Friday’s match with a 3-7-0 record. The Wolverines went 0-2 last week with a 3-2 double-overtime loss at home to Washington State and a 2-0 setback on the road at North Dakota State.
Despite putting a couple of shots into the back of the net in a 12-minute span in the second half, Utah Valley couldn’t hang on as the Wolverines dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 double-overtime decision to Washington State on Sept. 14. Amber Tripp and Sydney Fitzpatrick recorded the goals in the loss to the Cougars.
Despite outshooting the Bison, 15-7 on shots and 9-3 in shots on goal, Utah Valley fell on the road to North Dakota State, 2-0, on Sept. 17, at Dacotah Field in Fargo, North Dakota. The Wolverines outshot North Dakota State, 13-7 on the day, including a 9-3 advantage on goal. Hannah Bruce and Libby Weber led Utah Valley with three shots apiece. Fitzpatrick, Breanna McCarter and Ashlyn Farnes each had two shots. Utah Valley also won the corner kick battle, 11-3.
Breanna DeWaal leads UVU and the WAC with 42 shots and 21 shots on goal this season. She also leads the Wolverines and ranks tied for seventh in the WAC with three goals through 10 matches. McCarter and Fitzpatrick each have two goals, while Doriana Moul, Farnes, Weber and Tripp have each recorded one goal this year. Brooklyn Nielsen leads UVU in the box with 20 saves and a 1.60 goals allowed average. As a team, Utah Valley ranks third in the WAC in shots and first in the WAC with 76 corner kicks this season.
BYU enters Friday night’s match with a 2-4-3 overall record. The team has won two of its last three matches, including a 3-2 win at home over Kansas on Monday night. The Cougars have played a tough schedule with matchups against three…