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Can UVU Soccer Teams Get Back on Track?

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This past weekend, it was a tough one for the UVU soccer teams. For the first time in program history, the men’s team suffered back-to-back home losses. The women lost in double overtime to Washington State on Friday. It is the fourth overtime match of the season and the Wolverines are 0-4 in those matches. The UVU women then lost 2-0 at North Dakota to end their weekend.

Here is a look at the upcoming matches for this weekend. It is important for both of these teams to get back on track as conference play picks up over the next two weeks.

Women at BYU

This match has all kinds of story lines to it. Former head coach Brent Anderson is now an assistant at BYU. The last time the Cougars and Wolverines met on the pitch was in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. BYU won the match 1-0 and is currently 2-0-0 against UVU. First-year head coach Chris Lemay hopes that UVU and BYU will develop a rivalry and this match will be played every season. Neither team has had quite the season it expected. UVU is 3-7 and on a three-match losing streak. BYU began the season ranked in the top-10 but sits at 2-4-3 on the season. The Cougars are coming off a 3-2 win against Big 12 foe Kansas on Monday. 

One week after the BYU match, UVU finishes up the non-conference schedule against Seattle University and at Texas A&M. Not an easy stretch. However, it is a good time for the Wolverines to get on track.

Men at Washington, at Gonzaga

This past weekend was a debacle not seen very often for the UVU men’s soccer teams. Back-to-back losses to Sacramento State and 9th-ranked Omaha at home are not what UVU had in mind.

Karson Payton and the UVU men’s soccer team have a big weekend ahead for them. Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics.

Now, the Wolverines travel to the Pacific Northwest to finish on the non-conference slate. UVU faces familiar foes Washington and Gonzaga in what now is considered a huge weekend. In 2016, UVU beat both Washington and Gonzaga, who were both ranked at the time. It was the start of a memorable season that ended with UVU winning the Western Athlete Conference regular season title. 

“Washington and Gonzaga are exceptional programs and both matches will be entertaining as we complete our non-conference schedule and prepare to enter WAC play next week,” UVU head coach Greg Maas said. “We’re coming off of two disappointing and preventable results, but the team’s spirit is unwavered, and they’re determined to stay on the front-foot this coming weekend in Washington.”

With conference play coming up, it is important for both the men and women to get back on the winning track. These matches are important to establish that. Let’s go Wolverines!

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