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Men’s Soccer Records Huge Shutout Win

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It was a must-win situation. Sitting in ninth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings isn’t what anyone envisioned. However, the UVU men’s soccer team picked up a huge three points on Thursday night at Clyde Field. 

Alec Felix and Austin Buxton recorded goals and UVU won in shutout fashion, 2-0, over Houston Baptist. It is the second goal of the season for Felix. Buxton found the back of the net for the first time since Oct. 29, 2015. Buxton missed the entire 2016 season while battling cancer.

“It was an emotional goal,” Buxton said. “There was pressure, that I put on myself, but it was going to come eventually. That was probably the biggest win that we’ve had here. It was nice to show up today and get that W.”

Hanging onto their postseason hopes by a thread, UVU has responded. Two wins and a draw in the past three matches have turned a difficult season around. UVU sits in 6th in the WAC standings, a point ahead of UTRGV and two ahead of UMKC and HBU.

“I want to recognize and applaud our senior leadership for rallying the group and taking ownership of the direction that we’re headed,” said UVU head coach Greg Maas. “Full credit goes to the players, their hard work in training, and their focus and determination in these matches.”

Austin Buxton scored his first goal of the season to help UVU pick up a 2-0 victory on Thursday night. Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics.

Now, UVU goes on the road to start a three-match gauntlet. The Wolverines face defending WAC champion UNLV on Oct. 27 in Las Vegas. Two nights later, UVU goes to Phoenix to take on GCU in the 6,000-seat GCU Stadium. 

Following the trip to Phoenix, UVU returns home for senior night. Their opponent? Only 25th-ranked Seattle University. The Redhawks are the only team UVU hasn’t defeated since becoming an NCAA Division I program in 2014. 

“We’re moving forward and the guys are confident,” Maas said. “Which is vital as we head into these final three matches with a WAC Tournament berth on the table.”

Sitting at 5-8-2 overall and 2-3-2 in the WAC, UVU needs to steal a win or two in these final three matches. It will secure that spot in the WAC Tournament. 

“It’s been a long season, so far,” Maas said. “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.” 

 

 

 

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