The University of Incarnate Word (UIW) soccer season came to an end on Saturday night as the UIW men managed a draw in their last match of the season. Ben Conway scored a brace in his last match for the school but it wasn’t enough as the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) leaders Utah Valley came back for a 2-2 draw at Benson Stadium on Saturday night.
Up against the conference leaders the Cardinals showed no sign of being overawed, starting the match well and opening the scoring in the 12th minute. A foul from Utah Valley allowed Conway to step up, in range, hitting his free-kick perfectly beating the keeper to get a perfect start to senior night.
After being stunned early, Utah Valley was forced to respond, and they did so, going on the attack to try and find an equalizer. But keeping out Utah Valley was Jorge Guzman who was having a phenomenal match in the Cardinals goal.
That Utah Valley domination continued throughout the first half of the match, but could not finish the chances that presented themselves. That allowed the Cardinals occasional chances, but the score remained 1-0 at half-time with UIW winning the match.
Ten minutes in to the second half UIW doubled their lead, punishing the conference leaders for giving away another free-kick. Conway stepped up curling the ball in and bending it in to the near-side of the net for the second.
In the 64th minute, Utah Valley had a way back in to the match after Guzman brought down a striker, earning a yellow card and conceding a penalty. That allowed Aaron Meyer to step up and he buried the penalty to make it 2-1.
With the match running out of time, Utah Valley University were chasing the match and in the 79th minute they were able to get back in the match. After Aaron Caprio’s shot was saved by Guzman, that allowed Paul Hoffmeister to run on and tap home the rebound.
The Cardinals pushed in the final ten minutes to try and find a goal, but they were unable to do so with Elliot Rubio excelling in the Utah Valley goal. He made two great saves late on to keep the match level and send it to overtime.
Utah Valley dominated the opening half of extra-time but could not take advantage of their chances, shooting off target too often. The second half saw that flipped with UIW controlling the match but the Utah Valley defense did enough to keep the Cardinals out to keep it 2-2 and make the teams settle for a draw.