LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - AUGUST 21, 2017
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Thursday, Aug. 24 --- at Utah, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 27 --- CS FULLERTON, 1 p.m.
• Utah State’s soccer team (2-0) continues its 2017 season this week with a pair of matches as its plays at in-state rival Utah (1-0) on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a home game against CS Fullerton (2-0) on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. USU is 5-14 all-time against the Utes and 5-6-1 all-time against the Titans.
W, 1-0 (2 OT) --- SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
W, 2-0 --- MONTANA
• Utah State posted a 2-0 home record last week, defeating South Dakota State (1-0) in double overtime, and Montana (2-0). Against the Jackrabbits, freshman midfielder Ashley Cardozo scored the golden goal in the 102nd minute of play, assisted by senior forward Wesley Hamblin. Cardozo’s success carried over to Sunday, where she scored the game-winning goal against the Grizzlies with a goal in the 64th minute, assisted by sophomore defender Brinley Adams. Senior forward Bailee Hammond added a security goal in the 68th minute of the match, with an assist from freshman midfielder Amber Marshall. On the week, Utah State took 21 shots with 10 on goal, while the Aggie’s opponents combined for 19 shots, eight of which were on goal. Senior goalkeeper Sara Cobb played the entirety of both matches, earning her first-career shutouts tallying eight saves.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Tuesday, Aug. 22 -- BLUE vs. WHITE SCRIMMAGE, 7 p.m.
at Arkansas Classic
Friday, Aug. 25 --- vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 3 p.m. (MT)
Saturday, Aug. 26 --- vs. CSU Bakersfield, 11 a.m. (MT)
Saturday, Aug. 26 --- at Arkansas, 6 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s volleyball team (0-0) will begin its 2017 season at the Arkansas-hosted Arkansas Classic this weekend. USU will begin the tournament on Friday, Aug. 25 against Louisiana Monroe (0-0) at 3 p.m. (MT). USU will then play two matches on Saturday, Aug. 26, facing CSU Bakersfield (0-0) and Arkansas (0-0) at 11 a.m. (MT) and 6 p.m. (MT), respectively. Utah State is 1-2 all-time against Arkansas and will be meeting Louisiana Monroe and CSU Bakersfield for the first time in program history.
• Utah State, who was picked sixth in the Mountain West preseason poll this year, returns four starters and eight letterwinners. Senior outside Lauren Anderson is among the returners after earning all-Mountain West honors last season. Anderson led the USU offense with 377 kills and ranked among the top 10 in the Mountain West with 3.52 kills per set a year ago. The Aggies also return senior opposite Kayla DeCoursey and senior middle Carly Lenzen, as the duo finished third and fourth on the team last season, totaling 255 and 186 kills, respectively. Utah State returns even more depth in the attack in junior middle Lauren O’Brien and senior outside Rachel Gale. O’Brien was fifth on the team last season with 159 kills. Gale led the Utah State attack as a sophomore in 2015 with 355 kills and a team-best 1,186 attempts. Junior setter Kassidy Johnson will be looked upon to lead the attack, following the graduation of two-year starter Erica Moscoso. Johnson already has a great deal of match experience, appearing in 37 matches and playing in close to 100 sets during her first two years. On the back row, junior Tasia Taylor will transition into the libero position, following the graduation of three-year starter Hannah Gleason. Taylor has already totaled more than 400 digs during her career and has appeared in every set for the Aggies over the previous two years.
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