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Huge Weekend for UVU Men’s Soccer

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It can’t be emphasized enough but this weekend is HUGE for the UVU men’s soccer team. Sitting in 9th place in the WAC standings, UVU is on the outside looking in at a berth to the WAC Tournament. UVU has six points while UMKC and Grand Canyon each have nine points. San Jose State and CSU Bakersfield have 10 points and are tied for the 5-seed. 

That is why this weekend is HUGE for UVU. The Wolverines face defending WAC Champion UNLV on Friday night in Las Vegas. A win against the Rebels puts UVU at 3-3-2 with 11 points. It could vault UVU into that 6-seed or potentially into the 5-seed. It depends on what happens in the other matches in the WAC on Friday. CSU Bakersfield hosts UMKC. San Jose State hosts Air Force and GCU hosts Seattle University. 

The Wolverines are 2-0-1 in their last three matches. It was a much different team than the one that went eight matches without a win. Besides UNLV, UVU is at GCU on Sunday night and then hosts Seattle on Senior Night Nov. 4 at Clyde Field. UVU hasn’t defeated Seattle since becoming an NCAA Division I program. In fact, the UVU senior class is 0-3-2 against the Redhawks so there is a great deal of motivation to win that match. 

Preseason All-American Paul Hoffmeister is healthy and looking to help UVU earn a berth in the WAC Tournament. Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics.

However, everything starts on Friday. It is where the focus is and should be. But UVU head coach Greg Maas is confident that his guys are capable of doing the impossible.

“It’s been a long season, so far,” Maas said after the Houston Baptist win. “The guys have put a lot in to training, a lot into every one of our matches, both physically and emotionally. That takes its toll, as well …. we’ll get into that tournament and this is going to be a team I don’t think anybody is going to want to face.”

Wolverines are finally healthy heading into huge weekend

Injuries are something every team deals with and UVU has had its fair share this season. To the chagrin of their opponents, UVU is finally healthy. Preseason All-American Paul Hoffmeister has returned to form with two goals in the past three matches. Defender Aaron Caprio is back in the lineup. And everything is coming together for the Wolverines.

The top line of Gui Leme, Karson Payton and Hoffmeister makes life miserable for opposing defenses. Alec Felix has played better in the midfield as of late. Connor Salmon, Nic Harguindeguy, Gio Vazquez and the other seniors have been steady, as usual.

And Austin Buxton, who sat out the 2016 season due to a battle with cancer, scored his first goal of the season against Houston Baptist. Perhaps that will get him going down the stretch. 

Stay tuned in this huge weekend. If you can, go to the WAC Digital Network and turn on these matches. They will be lit. We will be in Phoenix for the match against GCU. And we are hoping it is the second win of the weekend. Remember to not let us down, boys. 

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