April 10, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head soccer coach Heather Cairns announced USU's 2014 soccer schedule on Thursday. The Aggies will play a total of 19 matches in 2014, including four against teams that competed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Utah State will begin its second season in the Mountain West with 11 league matches. This season, Colorado College joins the MW to give the conference 12 teams.
The Aggies have one exhibition match prior to the start of the season, traveling to Weber State on Aug. 16. Utah State will play its first regular-season match of the season on the road against Southeastern Conference power Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., on Aug. 22. Last season, the Razorbacks edged the Aggies, 3-2, in overtime. Arkansas is one of four teams on USU's 2014 ledger to have advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. This will be USU's first appearance in Fayetteville. Utah State will conclude the road trip against Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., on Aug. 24. This is the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and the Bears.
Utah State will play its first match of the season at the friendly confines of Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field on Aug. 31 against Omaha. In 2012, the Aggies defeated the Mavericks, 3-1, in Omaha. On Sept. 5, USU hosts border-foe, Idaho State, in Logan. The Aggies stopped the Bengals, 3-2, in Pocatello last season and hold an overall record of 7-5-1.
The Aggies then hit the road for two-straight matches in the Lone Star State. Utah State will take on Sam Houston State for the first time ever on Sept. 12 in Huntsville. The Aggies will conclude the road trip at Houston on Sept. 14. This will also be the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and the Cougars.
USU returns home to the Beehive State for a pair of matches, taking on in-state rival Utah on Sept. 19. In Salt Lake City last season, the Utes stopped the Aggies, 3-0. Utah State had won the two matches prior in 2011 and 2012. On Sept. 21, UC Riverside will make a trip to Logan, facing USU on Sept. 21. The Aggies are 1-2-2 all-time against UCR.
The Aggies will begin their second season in the Mountain West on the road with a pair of matches in the Centennial State, beginning with new MW member Colorado College on Sept. 26 in Colorado Springs. The last time that the two teams met was in 2011 when the Aggies defeated the Tigers, 2-1, in Colorado Springs. USU holds the slight 1-0-1 series lead over Colorado College. Utah State will then take on Air Force on Sept. 28 after defeating the Falcons, 2-0, in Logan in 2013. The Aggies are 3-0-1 against Air Force.
Utah State then returns home for a quartet of games in Logan, beginning with a match against Wyoming on Oct. 3. After a win against the Cowgirls last season, USU improved to 3-3-2 against Wyoming. USU then hosts Colorado State, which is in second season of fielding a program. Last season in Fort Collins, the Aggies shut out the Rams, 3-0. On Oct. 10, San José State comes to town. The Aggies are 6-2-2 against the Spartans, including a 2-0 win in San Jose last year. USU concludes the lengthy homestand against Fresno State. The Bulldogs are 7-3-3 against USU, including a 1-0 overtime win last season in Fresno.
The Aggies will then travel to San Diego to reigning Mountain West champion San Diego State on Oct. 17. Last season, the Aztecs stopped the Aggies twice, once in the regular season and once in the conference tournament. SDSU won last year's MW Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Overall, SDSU is 0-2-1 against the Aggies. Utah State ends the road trip against New Mexico on Oct. 19. The Aggies were 0-0-2 against the Lobos last season, which is the only two times the teams have met.
In their final two home matches of the season, the Aggies will take on UNLV on Oct. 24. and Nevada on Oct. 26. USU defeated the Rebels, 2-1, in Las Vegas. Overall, the Rebels hold a 5-2-0 record against the Aggies. In their home finale, the Aggies take on Nevada, who they were 1-1 against last season, including a win in the MW Tournament.
For the second-straight season, USU ends the regular season against Boise State, taking on the Broncos on Oct. 31 in Boise. The two teams tied last season in Logan. Overall, the Aggies hold a 9-3-3 series record against the Broncos.
This season, the Mountain West Tournament will be held in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 4-8. Last season, top-seeded San Diego State topped Boise State, 1-0, in Albuquerque, N.M., to advance to the Women's College Cup.
Utah State returns seven starters from last season's squad that ended its first season in the Mountain West with a 10-7-5 overall record. The Aggies were 5-3-2 record en route to a fifth-place regular-season finish. USU returns two all-WAC honorees in defenders Taryn Rose and Brooke Larsen-Leavitt, who were both named to the second team. Sophomore defender Lexie Henrie was also named to the Mountain West all-tournament team.
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2014 Utah State Soccer Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time Saturday, Aug. 16 at Weber State+ Ogden, Utah 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 at Missouri State Springfield, Mo. 12 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 Omaha Logan, Utah 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 Idaho State Logan, Utah 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 at Sam Houston State Huntsville, Texas 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 at Houston Houston, Texas 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 Utah Logan, Utah 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 UC Riverside Logan, Utah 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 Colorado College* Colorado Springs, Colo. 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 Air Force* Colorado Springs, Colo. 12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 Wyoming* Logan, Utah 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 Colorado State* Logan, Utah 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 San José State* Logan, Utah 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 Fresno State* Logan, Utah 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at San Diego State* San Diego, Calif. TBA Sunday, Oct. 19 at New Mexico* Albuquerque, N.M 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 UNLV* Logan, Utah 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 Nevada* Logan, Utah 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at Boise State* Boise, Idaho 3 p.m. Mon.-Sat., Nov. 4-8 MW Tournament San Diego, Calif. TBA
+Exhibition *Mountain West match All times Mountain and subject to change
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