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UVU roundup: Wolverine women’s soccer falls to Grand Canyon in WAC finals

By Staff | Nov 7, 2021

Scott Burkhalter

UVU players celebrate after scoring during the WAC semifinal match against Stephen F. Austin in Abilene, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (Courtesy UVU)

The Utah Valley University women’s soccer team came up short in a 3-0 loss to Grand Canyon on Sunday afternoon in the championship match of the Western Athletic Conference tournament at Elmer Gray Stadium in Abilene, Texas.

Grand Canyon scored just before the half as Lindsey Prokop punched in what would prove to be the game winner with just 56 seconds to play in the first half as the Antelopes took a 1-0 advantage into the break.

The Wolverines had several opportunities in the second half with 12 shots, but just couldn’t find the back of the net.

GCU scored again in the 70th minute on an empty net and then again in the 89th minute to secure a 3-0 win.

The Wolverines outshot GCU 20-14 on the day and were just edged on shots on frame, 7-6. Sadie Brockbank led the Wolverines with four shots, including one on frame. Nicole Ray had three shots, while Breanna DeWaal, Amber Tripp, Sydney Bushman, and Grace Beeston each had two shots.

Brockbank, Breanna Eves, and Amber Tripp were named to the WAC All-Tournament team.

Utah Valley wraps up its season with an impressive 13-7-2 overall record. The Wolverines won six of their final eight matches and tied a school record with 11 shutouts. UVU has now had 22 shutouts over the last two seasons.

UVU volleyball loses at New Mexico State

A career day by Kazna Tanuvasa wasn’t enough as Utah Valley dropped a matchup against conference foe, New Mexico State, 3-1 (26-24, 19-25, 18-25, 17-25) on the road. With the loss, the Wolverines fall to 11-12 on the season, including 6-6 in WAC play. The Aggies improve to 18-7 on the year and 9-4 in conference play.

Tanuvasa led the Wolverines with 16 kills to go along with three digs and a pair of blocks. With her 16 kills, Tanuvasa passed Camie Manwill for second all-time in UVU history for career kills. Tanuvasa is now just 67 kills away from passing Kayli Doxey for the all-time kills record at Utah Valley.

Sadie Hamson added seven kills to go along with a team-high four total blocks while Jules Fink and Kendra Nock each chipped in six kills and three blocks. Abbie Miller finished with 18 assists and four digs and Natalie Palmer had 11 assists and seven digs. Bryton Bishop led UVU with 12 digs to go along with five assists.

The Wolverines return home for its final homestand of the regular season as the Wolverines host California Baptist on Thursday, Nov. 11 before the season finale with Seattle U on Saturday, Nov. 13. Utah Valley will then head to Las Cruces, N.M. for the WAC Volleyball Tournament on Nov. 18-20.

Wolverine men’s soccer ends season with win at CBU

Utah Valley University finished of the WAC regular season with a 2-1 win at California Baptist on Friday night and are now set for their opening-round contest in next week’s WAC Tournament. Jojea Kwizera scored the game’s first goal and also assisted on the game-winner, which came from Mateo Palomino.

The Wolverines finished the WAC regular season at 6-4-0 in league play and are 9-5-2 overall. The Lancers, playing the final contest of the season, finished 11-4-3 overall and 6-3-2 in the WAC.

With just over 21 minutes remaining in regulation, Kwizera scored in the 69th minute to put UVU in front 1-0, with James Peña assisting on the goal. The goal was Kwizera’s fourth of the season, tying him for second on the club with Diego Castillo and Evans Armah.

The Lancers answered less than four minutes later when Thomas Beecham scored with Jordan Lane assisting. Palomino’s goal – the freshman defender’s first of his career – came in the 77th minute on Kwizera’s nine assist of the season, which tied him for the WAC lead.

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