September 12, 2010

Soccer continues winning ways on road, defeats Utah Valley 4-1

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OREM, Utah -- The Bears' women's soccer squad continued to prove that it has the mental toughness to compete anywhere after grabbing another road victory Sunday afternoon, this time coming into Clyde Field and defeating Utah Valley 4-1.

Northern Colorado once again showed a knack for finding the back of the net, getting four goals in a match for the second time this season and coming within one win of already matching last year's total of six.

The Bears were led Sunday by Ariel Cook, who scored two more goals, giving her six on the year. She scored the first goal of the game in the 17th minute after knocking in a shot off the post and into the net.

Cook continued her excellent start to 2010 by putting away her second goal just 12 minutes later when she headed an Olivia Deadmond cross past goalkeeper Hailey Brown, putting the Bears up 2-0.

"I was really impressed with how the girls responded from Friday's game (a 1-1 tie to Southern Utah)," said Northern Colorado head coach Tim Barrera. "We came out with a purpose right away and got some really nice first half goals."

In the 41st minute, Northern Colorado struck again when Brittany Dunn scored her second of the season. Brandi Hopkins was credited with the assist after she crossed the ball from the corner and connected with Dunn.

Coming out of the halftime locker room, the Bears continued to keep the pressure on the Wolverines, getting a goal in the 70th minute from Brittani Knott to put the game away.

Utah Valley did manage to get on the board late with a goal in the 87th minute from Katey Turner, her first of the season, but it proved to be too little, too late for the Wolverines.

Northern Colorado goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen played another solid game for the Bears, making six saves and not allowing a goal in the 75 minutes she played.  Backup goalie Heidi Owen saw her first action of the season, making one save and allowing a goal in 15 minutes playing time.

"Kirstin Salminen was fantastic for us tonight," Barrera said. "She really made some good saves that kept the score where it was. If she can continue to give us this kind of effort, we are going to be very tough to beat."

The Bears' next game will be the last of their six-game road trip when they take on Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Originally scheduled from Wednesday, Sept. 15, the game has been moved back a day and will be played Thursday, Sept. 16 at 4:00 pm.