LOGAN, Utah - Utah State soccer returns to the field to open its 2017 campaign on Friday, Aug. 11, as it hosts Southern Utah in an exhibition match. Action from Chuck & Gloria Bell Field will get underway at 1 p.m.
Live stats and play-by-play information will be available through GameTracker, while updates will also be provided through the team’s social media outlets.
Friday will mark the first competition of the season for both Utah State and Southern Utah. Last season, the Thunderbirds posted a 3-12-2 overall record, while going 2-7-1 against Big Sky opponents.
Southern Utah returns eight starters and 13 total letterwinners from a year ago, including the team’s leading scorer in senior forward Ally Thimsen. Last season, Thimsen led the team with seven goals, while adding one assist. Junior Kaitlyn Caldera is the top returning goalkeeper for the Thunderbirds. She tallied 16 saves and allowed 10 goals in her seven appearances last season. Fred Thompson is in his first season as the head coach at Southern Utah.
The majority of meetings between Utah State and Southern Utah has come in exhibition play, where the Aggies are 4-0-1 against the T-Birds. However, the teams have also played in four regulation contests, with USU leading the series, 3-0-1.
Utah State returns five starters and 14 total letterwinners to the 2017 roster, while welcoming nine newcomers. The Aggies will open their season this weekend with a home exhibition match against Southern Utah on Friday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. The official season will get underway on Friday, Aug. 18, when Utah State hosts South Dakota State.
Fans can follow Utah State soccer on Twitter, @USUSoccer, on Instagram, @USUSoccer, as well as on Facebook, at /USUSoccer. Aggie fans can also follow Utah State Athletics on Twitter, @USUAthletics, on Instagram, @USUAthletics and on Facebook at /USUAthletics.
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