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SEATTLE - University of Idaho women's soccer coach Pete Showler said he wanted to see new focus and consistency after the team saw its six-match win streak end on Friday - he got exactly what he wanted on Sunday against Cal State Bakersfield.
The Vandal women came out with determination and posted a shutout for the third time in four games to put the Runners away by a 2-0 margin in the second round of the Redhawk Invitational at Seattle, Wash.
"We came out and stepped on the field with the right attitude," Showler said. "We competed everywhere and we played good soccer.
"From (goalkeeper) Liz (Boyden) through the back line and into the midfield and the forwards, everyone played their parts today."
Idaho moved to 8-3-0 with the win, while Cal State Bakersfield slips to 3-4-3. The 8-3-0 record is the best start in school history, and puts the Vandals three victories away from tying the single-season school record for wins.
Senior Mel Canite notched her second career goal and her first career game-winner late in the first half when she headed in Chelsea Small's cross at 39:57. Sophomore Erica Hart added some insurance for the Vandals in the 80th minute after corralling a pass from fellow sophomore Jill Flockhart and sending it to the left post.
"Those goals came from work through the midfield and everybody working for each other to get into those danger areas," Showler said. "It came from doing the things we do and doing them well."
The Vandals outshot the Runners by an 18-10 overall margin and had a 9-3 edge in on-target attempts. Idaho also had four corners, while CSUB had two. The Runners were whistled for 14 fouls, including two yellow cards, while the Vandals committed nine.
Boyden made three saves to earn her ninth career shutout. It was the fourth clean sheet of the season for the Vandal defense and the sixth time that an opponent had five or fewer on-target shot attempts.
After giving up 23 total and 12 on-target shots in Friday's 2-1 loss against Seattle, Showler said he was very pleased with his team's bounce-back effort on Sunday.
"It really is a funny ol' game," Showler said. "When we step out and put performances on like this, we can compete with most teams. We kept a clean sheet, our shape was good, we connected passes well and we competed in the places we needed to compete, and it was fantastic to watch."
Idaho will play its final non-conference match on Tuesday - the team's fourth game in seven days - against Portland State at Guy Wicks Field at 1 p.m.
Redhawk Invitational All-Tournament Team