Utah State Soccer Picked Tied For Third in Mountain West Preseason Poll
Aug 15, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State soccer was picked to finish in a tie for third with UNLV in the Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the 11 Mountain West head women's soccer coaches. The Aggies and Rebels were both picked to finish third with 77 points.
Defending champion San Diego State was picked as the favorite to win the 2013 MW regular-season title. The Aztecs collected nine first-place votes and 99 total points. New Mexico was second with 86 points and one first-place vote.
Boise State (61 points) and Fresno State (52 points), finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Wyoming (45 points) was chosen seventh, while Nevada (43 points) and MW newcomer San José State (31 points) were picked eight and ninth, respectively. Air Force (20 points) and first-year program Colorado State (12 points) rounded out the standings.
The Aggies return 17 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's team that finished 13-3-6 and captured their second-straight WAC Tournament title, while reaching their second NCAA Tournament in as many years.
This is the Aggies' first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. During its time in the WAC, USU won four league titles in the last five season, including WAC Tournament titles.
While the MW doesn't do a preseason all-Mountain West team, three Aggies were named to the College Sports Madness Preseason Mountain West squad. Seniors Jennifer Flynn and Mari Miyashiro and junior Taryn Rose were named to the first team. Utah State returns 22 of its 33 goals scored last season. Flynn was the Aggies' leading scorer with seven goals and two assists for 16 points. Miyashiro was tied for second with four goals and six assists for 14 points. Rose was part of the stellar Utah State defense that allowed only 13 goals last year.
Utah State begins the 2013 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 17 with an exhibition against in-state foe Southern Utah at 10 a.m. at Cedar City, Utah. The first regular-season match will take place on Friday, Aug. 23 against Creighton in Logan at 4 p.m. Last season, the Aggies and the Bluejays tied, 1-1, in Omaha. Head coach Heather Cairns was an assistant coach at Creighton from 1999-2002. Fans can follow USU soccer at http://twitter.com/USUsoccer and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics. Fans can also follow Aggies soccer on Instagram at http://instagram.com/USUsoccer.
2013 Mountain West Preseason Poll Team (1st place votes) Points 1. San Diego State (9) 99 2. New Mexico (1) 86 3. UNLV (1) 77 Utah State 77 5. Boise State 61 6. Fresno State 52 7. Wyoming 45 8. Nevada 43 9. San José State 31 10. Air Force 20 11. Colorado State 12