WSOC: Utah Valley claims share of WAC title with win over rival


OREM – Utah Valley defeated in-state foe Dixie State in the Old Hammer Rivalry, 3-0, on Saturday night at Clyde Field to claim a share of its first-ever Western Athletic Conference regular season title.

With the win, Utah Valley wraps up regular season play with an 11-4-3 overall record and a 10-2-2 mark in WAC play. The Wolverines win a share of the WAC regular season title with Seattle U, which also finished the season with a 10-2-2 record in WAC play.

The Wolverines have earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye at the upcoming WAC Tournament because of its win over Seattle U on March 27.

Utah Valley got on the scoreboard in the 13th minute after Breanna Eves passed it to Amber Tripp on the right side of the field. Tripp then sent the ball into the box to Jenna Shepherd, who headed it into the back of the net to give UVU a 1-0 lead. The goal is Shepherd’s fifth of the season and her fifth goal in UVU’s last five matches.

Eves settled a loose ball near the top of the box and faked a shot with her right foot to free herself up against a DSU defender and then fired a shot with her left foot toward the far post and into the back of the net for the score from 30 yards out. The 35th-minute goal gave the Wolverines a 2-0 advantage. The goal is the first goal of Eve’s career.

Amber Tripp passed it to Cassidy McCormick on the left side of the box. McCormick then sent the ball into the box where London Miller headed it into the net for the score to extend UVU’s lead to a 3-0 advantage in the 65th minute. The goal is Miller’s fifth score of the season.

Isabel Jones-Dawe picked up the shutout win in the box for the Wolverines. The senior keeper recorded three saves on the night en route to her ninth win of the season.

Utah Valley outshot Dixie State 19-6 on the night, including a 9-3 advantage on goal. UVU had 12 corner kicks to DSU’s four. Sadie Brockbank led the Wolverines with a match-high six shots, including one on frame. Julianna Carter had three shots, while Shepherd, Miller, and Amanda Mangelson each had two.

Utah Valley will open WAC Tournament play with a semifinal match against the winner of the quarterfinal match between No. 3 UT Rio Grande Valley and No. 5 New Mexico State on Thursday, April 15 at 3 p.m. (MT).