OREM, Utah- Jackie Miller (29′) scored her first career goal but homestanding Utah Valley snuck past UTEP, 2-1, Saturday evening.
The Wolverines (3-4) used an own goal (15′) and a late tally by Juliana Carter (88′) to halt the Miners’ (4-2-2) five-match unbeaten streak.
Emily Parrott was called upon for the first time in the 11th minute, tracking and smothering the shot by Amber Tripp. Two minutes later UTEP was on the offensive with Lauren Crenshaw’s powerful shot being handled by Allie Jara.
UVU got on the board as result of an own goal in the 15th minute. A ball was crossed into the area where it deflected off the knee of Cayla Payne and unfortunately ended up in the back of the net.
Crenshaw vied for the equalizer shortly thereafter, but her shot was errant. The close calls manifested into a goal in the 29th minute. Off a free kick, Miller’s service bounced and skipped past Jara for her first career tally.
Vanessa Cabello created the first chance for the Miners in the second half, but her shot sailed right of the frame in the 57th minute. A minute later Tessa Carlin’s shot forced a tough save by Jara.
The Miners earned their second corner of the contest in the 75th minute, but they could not convert.
Adrianna Jimmerson tried one from the top right portion of the box but the attempt was turned away by Jara in the 86th minute. About two minutes later there was a cross into the box that was headed down on a pass by a UVU player before Carter tapped home the loose change for the home side.
UTEP pressured after the goal but couldn’t find the equalizer in the waning minutes.
The Orange and Blue will wrap up nonconference play at home against the University of the Southwest (N.M.) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.
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