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Thunderbirds Defeat Vermont to Pick Up Second Straight Win

August 30, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication

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Colorado Springs, Colo., 8/30/13 – Southern Utah’s (2-0-1) Brianne and Breanna Brown share no relation, other than both knowing how to find the back of the net. The pair combined to score all three goals for the Thunderbirds as they came from behind for a 3-1 victory over Vermont (1-2-0) at the Colorado College Invitational on Friday. The win marked the second triumph for the team in the past three days as SUU claimed a 4-3 win over UCSB at home earlier this week.

“This was an unbelievable venue, it is definitely one of the biggest field we will play on this season and our girls showed their understanding of the spacing and our game plan and really put things together,” stated SUU head coach Becky Hogan. “This is a young group but you can see that more and more of them are starting to figure things out and are just constantly getting better.”

The Catamounts struck first in the matchup as Alexa DeMaio and Nikki McFarland teamed up for a goal just six minutes in. The score remained 1-0 for most of the opening half until SUU erupted for three goals in the final 13 minutes to go up 3-1.  

“This team is so persistent,” explained Hogan. “If we give up a goal we don’t get down about it or hang our heads, we just know that we have to fight to get it back.”

The scoring started with Thunderbird forward Breanna Brown taking a pass from fellow freshman Aurora Moberly in the 33rd minute and firing the ball into the net for an equalizer. Southern Utah’s Brianne Brown then added two more goals in the final three minutes of the half, assisted on by Alyssa Gomez and Annabelle Schwab, to give the T-Birds a two-goal advantage at the break. SUU then kept up the pressure and protected its lead down the stretch to take the game by a 3-1.

“Our fitness level is at a really good place right now and you were able to see that in the fact that we were usually the first to the ball and able to win a lot of balls,” commented Hogan. “We really wanted to come out and take it to them and we were able to do just that.”

Southern Utah outshot their opponents by a count of 24-7 while also racking up a 10-4 advantage in attempts on goal. Corner kicks were essentially even in the contest, as the Thunderbirds took five and Vermont finished with six.

Brianne and Breanna Brown each picked up their first career score as a T-Bird, and became the sixth and seventh SUU players to record a goal just three games in to the season. Freshman goalkeeper Elyssa Hashimoto collected three saves to improve her record to 2-0-0 on the year.

“It is weird to have the scoring spread out so much, but it shows that the entire team is hungry and all of the them have been working too hard not to see the payoff,” stated Hogan.

The Thunderbirds wrap up competition at the Colorado College Invitational this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in a match against Appalachian State. Coverage of SUU soccer is available at