WAC WSOC: CBU, UVU wins conference opener

Courtesy: CBU, UVU Athletics

California Baptist 2, Dixie St. 1

IRVINE — California Baptist University women’s soccer team kicked off Western Athletic Conference play in style Thursday afternoon, as the Lancers beat the Trailblazers of Dixie State, 2-1.

It was a showcase of an old rivalry, as the Lancers and Trailblazers’ history dates back to the 2006 season when the two teams first met on the pitch. The Lancers started the series with the Trailblazers on quite the winning streak, winning the first eight matchups between the two teams. Dixie State got the better half of the Lancers in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, capturing wins in Riverside and St. George, Utah. The Lancers snapped the two-game skid against the Trailblazers on Sept. 30, 2017, in a 4-1 win on the road.

After three seasons, the two teams are renewing their familiarity with each other, as Dixie State joined the Western Athletic Conference for the 2020-21 season. The Lancers start conference play at 1-0 and 3-0-1 on the year, while the Trailblazers fall to 0-3-1 on the season and 0-1 in the WAC. It also gives the Lancers a 10-2 advantage in the series matchup.

Utah Valley 1, Grand Canyon 0

PHOENIX—Julianna Carter found the back of the net in the 70th minute to lift Utah Valley to a 1-0 shutout win over Grand Canyon on Thursday night in the team’s WAC opener at GCU Stadium in Phoenix.

Utah Valley improves to 2-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in WAC play with the win. Grand Canyon falls to 0-5-0 overall and 0-1-0 in league play.

Sadie Brockbank took the ball just inside the box on the left side and passed it outside to Cassidy McCormick who settled it and then sent a cross with her left foot to Carter on the right side. Carter then one-touched it into the back of the net with her left foot for the game winner in the 70th minute. The goal is the first of the season for Carter and the ninth of her career. Brockbank and McCormick were each credited with an assist on the score.

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