Weekly Soccer Release - Aug. 21, 2001
Aug. 21, 2001
Upcoming Schedule Sept. 25 SOUTHERN UTAH (Exhib.) 4 p.m. Aug. 31 NORTHWESTERN 4 p.m. Sept. 1 WASHINGTON 1 p.m.
Utah State's women's soccer team will begin the 2001 season with an exhibition game Sat., Aug. 25 against Southern Utah. The game will be played at Tower Field beginning at 4 p.m.
USU will begin the regular season Fri., Aug. 31 when it hosts Northwestern at 4 p.m. The Aggies will return the following day, Sat., Sept. 1 to play Washington at 1 p.m. Washington and Northwestern will conclude their trips to Logan on Mon., Sept. 3 when they go head to head at 11 a.m. All games will be played at Tower Field.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
In its inaugural season Southern Utah will be under the direction of first time head coach Brian Stock. Stock's team will consist of six junior college transfers, five juniors, one sophomore, and 11 incoming freshmen. SUU will play it's first exhibition game of the season Friday, August 24 against Mesa State in Cedar City.
UNDER NEW DIRECTION
A new era in Utah State soccer begins this season as Jen Kennedy Croft takes over taking the reigns as USU's head soccer coach. Croft has been an assistant at Utah State for the past two seasons and has 11 years of collegiate coaching experience. Croft served as the head coach at Seattle University from 1994-96 before joining the Utah State staff in 1999. At Seattle she guided the program to a 33-19-7 record in three years while coaching her team to three NAIA Regional Tournament appearances. Croft has also served as an assistant at Connecticut, Maine, Princeton, and Arkansas.
USU' S TOP RETURNEES
Utah State welcomes back four starters and 10 additional letterwinners from last years team. Key returnees on the frontline include junior Brigid Turner and senior Sara Cowley (Buie). Turner currently ranks second on USU's career goal list (14) and Cowley is tied as Utah State's all-time career assists leader (7). The Aggies defense returns two solid performers in junior Megan Edge and senior Brittany Baugh. Edge has started all 34 games since her arrival at USU, while Baugh has seen playing time in 45 games during her career.
CLEGG OUT FOR THE SEASON
Sophomore midfielder Ally Clegg will likely sit out the entire 2001 season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered over the summer. Clegg was the only freshman to start in every game last season. She also led the team lead in assists (4) and finished third on the team in total points (8).
Utah State concluded the 2000 season with a 5-12 overall record and a 3-5 mark in conference play to finish tied for seventh in the Big West Conference.
USU set a new team record for shutouts in a season, posting three in 2000. The Aggies held Nevada, Idaho, and Boise State scoreless.