|Soccer unscathed at Governor's Cup|
POCATELLO, Idaho - The University of Idaho women's soccer team put together an impressive display on Sunday and ended Governor's Cup play spotless for the second year in a row with a 3-0 win over Utah Valley.
"They threw everything at us and we held firm," Idaho head coach Pete Showler said. "We just won the individual battles and played good soccer and we scored some great goals."
Sophomore Chelsea Small notched a pair of scores, including the game-winner for the second match in a row, while freshman Kelsey Corney earned her first career goal and assist. Junior goalkeeper Liz Boyden made four saves to earn her sixth career shutout. Small and sophomore defender Cassandra San were named to the Governor's Cup All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the weekend.
Like in Friday's 2-1 win over Idaho State, the Vandal offense was aggressive early and often. Small broke things open with a strike at the 24:29 mark, assisted by Corney. It took just nine more minutes for Corney to strike, as she put in a cross from fellow freshman Nitalia Zuniga at 33:07.
After taking a 2-0 lead into the half, Idaho kept up the pressure in the second. Small gave the Vandals their final insurance goal when she headed in a free kick from sophomore Lauren Layton, who earned her sixth career assist on the play.
"Lauren sent in a great pass and Chelsea rose like a salmon for a great header and flicked the ball on beyond the keeper," Showler said.
Idaho finished the game with 16 total shots and nine on-target attempts. UVU had 14 total and four on-goal attempts. Boyden played the full 90 minutes with four saves, while UVU's two keepers combined for five saves, plus one team save. The Vandals had four corners and nine fouls, while UVU had three corners and eight fouls.
Boyden gets credit for the shutout, but Showler said it was a total team effort on the defensive end. Idaho's back line limited UVU to just four on-target shots and made the Wolverines attempt most of their shots from outside the 18-yard box.
"They were on every ball and defended very stoutly," Showler said of the Vandal defensive line. "Our defense set up all of the offense, so the combination of all three parts of the field - the backs, the mids and forwards - played together so well today that it caused Utah Valley a lot of problems."
Corney, who finished with three points, scored her first career goal and had her first career assist in the match. Small's game-winner gives her four in her career and moves her into a tie for second all-time at Idaho in that category.
By virtue of Idaho State's 1-0 overtime win over Boise State on Sunday afternoon, the Vandal women can clinch a second-straight outright Governor's Cup crown with a win at Boise State on October 24. Idaho is 1-0 in the in-state rivalry standings, while Idaho State is 1-1 and Boise State is 0-1.
Riding back-to-back wins for the first time this season, Idaho will travel to Vermilion, S.D., on Saturday to face South Dakota. The Vandals will then face Weber State on Tuesday, September 14, at Ogden, Utah, before returning for the team's home opener against Gonzaga on September 17.