March 25, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's head soccer coach Heather Cairns announced the 2010 soccer schedule on Thursday. The Aggies will play a total of 20 matches in 2010, including three against teams that competed in the 2009 Women's College Cup.
For the second-straight season, the Aggies will travel south and play a neutral site match at Rio Tinto Stadium, home of the Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake. On Aug. 20, Utah State will open the 2010 campaign against instate rival Weber State at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. The time of the match has yet to be determined. Last season, the Aggies made history defeating another in-state school, Utah, 2-1, at Rio Tinto last season. It was the first time that the Aggies had ever played in a MLS stadium.
Utah State will play its first true home game on Aug. 22 when the Aggies face their second-straight in-state foe, Utah Valley. USU will end the month on the road taking on Idaho State on Aug. 29.
USU opens the second month of the season in the Golden State taking on Long Beach State on Sept. 3. The Aggies will play the first of three 2009 College Cup participants when they face San Diego State on Sept. 5 to conclude the trip to California. USU will then return to Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field to face Colorado College for the first time on Sept. 10. The Aggies conclude the brief two-match homestand against Cal Poly on Sept. 12.
Utah State returns to the Golden State to begin a three-match road trip. On Sept. 17, the Aggies will travel to Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount. The two teams have only met once in 1999 with the Lions capturing the win. On Sept. 19, USU will conclude its second trip to the west coast against UC Riverside. Utah State will end the month against two in-state foes.
The Aggies will take on in-state foes in back-to-back matches, opening against Utah in Salt Lake City (Sept. 23) and then taking on BYU in Logan (Sept. 25). The Cougars are the second NCAA Tournament squad from last season that the Aggies will face. USU will play only three home matches in the month of September.
Utah State begins its fifth season in the Western Athletic Conference with two road match at Louisiana Tech (Oct. 1) and New Mexico State (Oct. 3). Last season, the Aggies were 2-0 against the Lady Techsters and Aggies. USU returns to Logan for its longest homestand of the season, with a quartet of matches beginning on Oct. 8. The Aggies will take on Nevada (Oct. 8) to open the road trip. The Aggies will then take a brief break from league action to face Houston Baptist for the second-straight season on Oct. 10.
The Aggies return to league play taking on WAC Tournament Champions and College Cup participants, Boise State (Oct. 15) in Logan. USU will close out the homestand against Idaho (Oct. 17). For the second-straight season, Utah State will conclude the regular season at home. The Aggies will end the season hosting Hawai`i on Oct. 31 in a Halloween battle.
For the first time ever, the 2010 WAC Soccer Tournament will be held in Ruston, La., Nov. 3-7. Last season, the Aggies advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament.
Last season, the Aggies were 5-2-1 in conference matches, finishing in the top two in the league for the second-straight season. USU returns eight starters and 17 letterwinners from last season, including 2009 WAC Offensive of the Year, forward Shantel Flanary.
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