Utah Valley, hunting the Western Athletic Conference regular season title, proved much too strong for University of the Incarnate Word on Thursday. Starting their season ending road trip the Cardinals were torn apart as Utah Valley managed a 4-1 win over the Cardinals at Clyde Field.
Needing a win to really stay in the hunt for the regular season title, Utah Valley came out from the blocks determined to get an early goal. And that goal came in the 11th minute as Aaron Meyer’s effort was deflected to Skyler Milne who headed it in the back of the net with his back to goal.
The hosts kept up the attack and in the 28th minute they were able to take advantage of a UIW mistake to go for it. Paul Hoffmeister was able to steal a pass, and then make a shot at goal, which left Chase Therrien with no chance.
The Cardinals were trying to get in to the match but they were well and truly outplayed by UVU who controlled the possession. In the 42nd minute Utah Valley made it three as a ball from Aaron Meyer in to the box, which drew out Therrien, who was just beaten to the ball by Donnett Sackie whose effort deflected off the keeper and in to the back of the net, making it 3-0 at the break.
After half-time UIW came out on fire, determined to get back in to the match and in the seventh minute of the half they had their goal. Noah Keats and O’Neal Moore linked up well to create space for Fylan Kelly to run in to, which allowed him to shoot across the face and in to the back of the net.
In the 63rd minute UVU really finished off the match as they claimed the 4-1 win thanks to some nice work from Austin Buxton. His effort was set up by Aaron Meyer who set up Buxton, who then dribbled past two Cardinals and fired the ball past the keeper in to the opposite corner.
That allowed UVU to go to the bench and start to bring on substitutions and start to bring their second string side in to the match. That saw UIW follow suit, knowing the match was gone as the match really faded out in the final half hour with UVU cruising to the 4-1 win.