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Soccer: Every Goal Counts

September 12, 2016

The Idaho women’s soccer team swept the weekend with a win against Seattle U Friday and Boise State Sunday.

Friday’s win was the first victory in Idaho history against the Redhawks (2-3-1).

Idaho women’s soccer coach Derek Pittman said he’s proud of his team.

“I thought for the first time this season we put together a total team performance,” Pittman said in a press release. “We really stayed focused on our defensive organization and, again, we needed to stay patient and composed and take the opportunities that came to us.”

Idaho went into the game 0-9 with one tie last season.

“It’s nice to pick up that first win over them, they’re definitely a little bit of a barometer and gauge for us. Seattle U has a tremendous program,” Pittman said.

The Vandals continued their winning streak Sunday against Boise State.

Senior forward Kavita Battan scored her first goal to help Idaho win 1-0 over the Broncos.

The win marked the first Idaho victory against Boise State since 2003 and the first nonconference road weekend sweep for the Vandals since 2010.

“Really, really proud of them for grinding out a victory on the road,” Pittman said. “Kavita getting on the score sheet, just being scrappy in the box, I’m really proud of her. The thing about Kavita is that there are a lot of things that she does that don’t show up on the score sheet,” Pittman said. “I’m just happy she stuck with it.”

Battan’s goal came in the 21st minute of play. Junior defender Josilyn Daggs sent a long throw to the box. It failed to find the net.

Battan grabbed the ball and fired.

Idaho plays California State-Bakersfield 1 p.m. Sunday in Bakersfield, California.

Tess Fox can be reached at arg-sports@uidaho.edu or on Twitter @tesstakesphotos

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