Aggie Soccer Prepares For Season With An Exhibition At Southern Utah Saturday
Aug 16, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - In its only exhibition match of the season, the Utah State soccer team will travel to Southern Utah to face the Thunderbirds on Saturday, Aug. 17 in Cedar City, Utah. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m.
Last season when the teams met, former Aggie Kendra Pemberton knocked in the lone goal to give Utah State a 1-0 win in the Aggies' only exhibition of the season at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. Overall, Utah State is 3-0-1 against Southern Utah.
The Aggies return 17 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's team that finished 13-3-6 and captured their second-straight Western Athletic Conference Tournament title, while reaching their second NCAA Tournament in as many years.
This is the USU's first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the WAC. During its time in the WAC, Utah State won four league titles in the last five seasons, including WAC Tournament titles.
Earlier this week, USU was picked tied for third in the MW Preseason Poll by the 11 league coaches. San Diego State was picked first, while New Mexico was picked second. UNLV and Utah State were tied for the third spot.
Also, 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.
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.
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