Author: Ryan Willie

Women’s soccer: Smith provides offense, leadership for UVU

Photo by Mykah Heaton Going into her final season at UVU, Tori Smith had a very simple approach when it came to goals she wanted to accomplish on the field. “Leave everything out on the field because you never know what’s going to happen,” Smith said. “I want my last year of soccer to be the best one.” This no-regrets style approach to her season is being reflected as Smith leads the team in minutes played, allowing her to maximize her chances at making an impact on the field. Smith said the coaches ask her to be a leader...

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Men’s soccer: UVU comes from behind for 1-1 draw against Air Force

Photo by Sammie Jo Raymond Paul Hoffmeister came off the bench to score for UVU (4-8-2, 1-3-2) as the Wolverines came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against the 12th-ranked Air Force Falcons (9-1-3, 3-0-2) Saturday night at Clyde Field. “Today was an important point for this team,” UVU head coach Greg Maas said. “I was very impressed with our guys’ ability to stay focused and we got a fantastic goal.” The opening goal came in the 14th minute when the Falcons quickly pushed up the field and Tucker Bone found Jaric Marton alone on the left side...

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Women’s soccer: DeWaal’s golden goal lifts UVU over UTRGV

Photo by Devan Bennett Breanna DeWaal scored the golden goal in overtime and UVU (7-10, 3-1) defeated the UTRGV Vaqueros (7-6-3, 2-1-1) 2-1 on senior night at Clyde Field. After having suffered four defeats in overtime during the season, the Wolverines overcome their extra period struggles Saturday night. UVU has now won three consecutive matches. “We had been in that position, going into overtime, a number of times,” UVU head coach Chris Lemay said. “I thought that we came out and looked like we were hungry to try and go win the game.” The game winner came after Libby...

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Women’s soccer: Big second half helps UVU top NMSU 5-2

Photo by Cody Glassett Amber Tripp and Breanna DeWaal both netted braces as a four-goal second half propelled UVU (6-10, 2-1) over the New Mexico State Aggies (7-7-2, 1-1-1) 5-2 at Clyde Field in the WAC home opener for the Wolverines. “I thought we were good in the final third,” UVU head coach Chris Lemay said. “I thought we were pretty explosive. We’re really happy with our offensive side of the ball.” The Aggies struck first in the 11th minute when a cross from Samantha Afonso found Devin Hart, who then controlled the ball and slotted it past UVU...

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Women’s soccer: Despite struggles, UVU to start WAC play with confidence

Photo by Mykah Heaton Before the beginning of the season, newly arrived UVU head coach Chris Lemay said he wanted to play against the best competition to push his squad and improve every match. Out of the team’s 13 nonconference matches, 10 were played away from Clyde Field. This included travel to Hawaii, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Texas. The team faced top programs including Washington State, BYU and Texas A&M. Looking back on the nonconference schedule, Lemay believes the schedule has helped his squad be better prepared for WAC play. “BYU and Texas A&M are probably two of the...

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