May 1, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head soccer coach Heather Cairns announced the 2013 soccer schedule on Wednesday. The Aggies will play a total of 19 matches in 2013, including two against teams that competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
This season, Utah State will transition to the Mountain West with 10 league matches. The Aggies won four Western Athletic Conference regular season crowns in their eight years in the league, as well as two-straight WAC Tournament titles.
The Aggies will hold one exhibition match prior to the start of the season, traveling to Southern Utah on Aug. 17. Utah State will play its first match at the friendly confines of Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field on Aug. 23 in its regular-season opener, facing Creighton. Last season in Omaha, the Aggies and the Bluejays battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie. USU will take on the first of three-instate matches when it battles Utah Valley in Logan on Aug. 26. In 2012, the Aggies stopped the Wolverines, 2-1, in overtime in one of USU's nine overtime matches.
The Aggies hit the road for the first time on Aug. 30, heading to the Lone Star State, taking on UTEP for the second-straight season. With a 2-1 win in Logan last season, the Aggies evened out their record against the Miners, 2-2. Utah State beat UTEP, 2-0, in 2008 in Logan, while the Miners won the first two meetings in 1997 and 2000.
Following the single match in Texas, Utah State will return home to take on Nebraska in the first meeting between the two teams on Sept. 2. USU will quickly hit the road again on Sept. 7 to face border-foe Idaho State. The Aggies are 6-5-0 all-time against the Bengals, who are one of two teams that USU will take that reached the Women's College Cup last year. In another first-time meeting, Utah State will host the Southeastern Conference's Arkansas on Sept. 13. The last SEC team that the Aggies have faced is Auburn in the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
The Aggies will then play four of their next five games on the road, beginning with a match against former Big West foe Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 15. The two teams have not met since 2011 when USU captured a dramatic 2-1 double overtime win. USU will return to the Beehive State for two-straight matches against in-state foes. Utah State will take Utah in Salt Lake City on Sept. 20. The Aggies are 3-10-0 all-time against the Utes, but have won the three of the last four meetings. USU will return home for its final home match of the month against Weber State on Sept. 22. The match against the Wildcats is the Aggies' final non-conference match of the season.
Utah State begins its inaugural season in the Mountain West with two-straight matches in the Silver State, beginning its run in the conference against an old WAC foe Nevada on Sept. 27. The Aggies will end the second month of the season at UNLV on Sept. 29. USU has a solid 8-3-0 record against the Wolf Pack and are 1-5-0 against the Rebels.
USU returns to Logan for a pair of home matches. The Aggies will begin the brief homestand against Air Force on Oct. 4, as the Aggies are 2-0-1 against the Falcons all-time. USU looks to even its record against Wyoming on Oct. 6, as the Cowgirls are 3-2-2 against Aggies. Last season, the teams fought to a 1-1 double overtime tie.
The Aggies will then travel to Fresno to take on the Bulldogs of Fresno State on Oct. 11. The last time the teams met was when USU captured its first-ever WAC Tournament title in Fresno in 2011. Overall, USU is 3-6-3 against the Bulldogs. USU will stay in California to take on San Jose State on Oct. 13. Utah State holds a 5-2-2 record against the Spartans all-time. The Aggies will close out the road trip with a team they have never met in Colorado State. This is the Rams' first season sponsoring soccer.
Utah State will close out the home portion of the regular season with a trio of matches in Logan. The Aggies will take on New Mexico on Oct. 25 and end the regular season against San Diego State on Oct. 27. This is the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and the Lobos, while the Aztecs are 1-0-0 against USU. SDSU advanced to the Women's College Cup last season. Utah State will end the season at home against a familiar rival, Boise State on Nov. 1. The Aggies hold a commanding 9-3-2 series lead over the Broncos.
This season, the Mountain West Tournament will be held in Albuquerque, N.M., Nov. 4-9. Last season, top-seeded San Diego State topped New Mexico, 2-0, in San Diego to advance to the Women's College Cup. Eight of the 11 teams advance to the tournament.
Utah State returns nine starters and 18 letterwinners from last season's squad that ended another historic season with a 13-3-6 record. The Aggies were undefeated with a 6-0-2 Western Athletic Conference record en route to their fourth WAC regular-season title in five years. Utah State also won its second-straight WAC Tournament title and advanced to its second consecutive NCAA Tournament. USU returns three all-WAC honorees in midfielder Mari Miyashiro, who earned first team honors, and forward Jennifer Flynn and defender Taryn Rose who were named to the second team.
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