OREM, Utah – For the first time since 2008, CSU Bakersfield’s women’s soccer team defeated Utah Valley, the defending Western Athletic Conference champion, in a 1-0 road win on Friday night. The Roadrunner victory was spurred by Jordin Bartel’s 48th minute goal and snapped the Wolverines’ 14-game home unbeaten streak.
After the match, CSUB’s Head Coach, Gary Curneen, felt that his ‘Runners earned the upset in Orem: “Any time you beat a team like Utah Valley, it’s a big result, but I think our performance was right up there with the final score. The commitment and energy levels from our team tonight was on another level. Everyone in this program is working very hard to take this to another level and today was another step forward in doing just that.”
Through a fast-paced second half, the ‘Runners held on to the 1-0 victory to improve to 5-7-1 on the season. Sophomore keeper Jen Padilla’s record moved to 5-4-1 as the native of Elk Grove, Calif. earned her third shutout of the season, which ties for third most in CSUB Division I single-season history. CSUB’s goalie also increased her single-game high with eight saves against the Wolverines (6-5-1).
CSUB and UVU played through a fairly even first half with both teams getting a few close looks on goal. The Wolverines outshot CSUB 10-5, but Padilla made five saves in the opening period to keep the ‘Runners even with their opponents.
Just over two minutes into the second half, the ‘Runners took a 1-0 lead on Bartel's fourth goal of the season. Redshirt sophomore Aminah Settles lofted a ball from the touch line and found Bartel’s head to put the ‘Runners ahead of the Wolverines.
In the 62nd minute, Settles almost extended the lead to 2-0 when she flicked a header on frame. The ball glanced off the cross bar and out of play, keeping the CSUB lead to just one goal. The Wolverines were ready to equalize the match eight minutes later, but a ball in the back of the net was waved off after one pass too many put UVU offsides.
Utah Valley pressured CSUB often in the final 15 minutes, but the ‘Runner backline deflected every attack. Junior Maja Green continued to anchor the CSUB defense, playing 90 minutes for Curneen and the ‘Runners as she has all season. The Swede’s endurance is unmatched as Green is the only woman in the WAC to play every minute of every match for her team this season.
CSU Bakersfield returns home to host Seattle U on Sunday afternoon at the Main Soccer Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Bakersfield and tickets for the game can be purchased ahead of time at GoRunners.com/tix or at the gate.