Aug. 26, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - KICKING OFF - Utah State soccer will look to extend its two-match winning streak Sunday, Aug. 29 at Idaho State at 1 p.m. The Aggies are looking to break a two-match losing streak against the Bengals.
In its first two matches of the season, Utah State out-scored its opponents, 6-1. With Weber State scoring one goal in the Aggies' 2-1 season opening win at Rio Tinto Stadium on Aug. 20. In the second match in Logan on Aug. 22, the Aggies stopped Utah Valley, 4-0 behind two goals by sophomore defender Natalie Norris.
SERIES HISTORY - The Aggies and the Bengals have matching 5-5 records against each other with the first match in the series taking place in 1998. Last season, the Bengals shutout the Aggies 1-0 in Logan. In Pocatello in 2008, ISU beat USU in overtime in the season opener, 2-1.
The last win for the Aggies was in 2007 when USU defeated ISU, 1-0 in another overtime match.
CORNER QUEENS - In the first week of play Utah State showed its skill on the corners. USU had 15 corner kicks to its opponents one. In the match against Utah Valley, the Aggies scored three goals off of corner kicks, including two corners by senior Stefani Shiozaki.
Shiozaki has taken seven corners to lead the team. Junior Summer Tillotson is second on the team with five corner kicks this season.
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE - Sophomore defender Natalie Norris has doubled her career point total after only two matches this season. Norris played in and started all 21 matches last season and scored two goals. After only to matches this season, she has already scored two goals.
GOOD STARTS - The Aggies are looking to match their best start ever with a win against on Aug. 29. Last season, USU defeated Northern Arizona, Texas Tech and Stephen F. Austin to earn its best start ever.
GAMETRACKER - Fans can follow all the Aggie home games through the USU web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
ON THE PITCH - With a 10-9-2 record in 2009, the Utah State soccer team has now won at least 10 matches in each of the last four seasons. The 2010 Aggies squad will bring equal parts of youth and experience. The Aggies return 13 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's team that advanced to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals.
Notes l After going 10-9-2 last season, the Aggies have now won at least 10 matches each of the last four seasons. l For the second-straight season, Utah State was picked to finish first in the Western Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll.
l The Aggies are set to play four defending regular-season conference champions: Utah Valley (Great West Conference-West Division), Cal Poly (Big West Conference), BYU (Mountain West Conference) and San Jose State (WAC).
FLANARY EARNS PRESEASON HONOR - Junior forward Shantel Flanary was as the picked WAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 to add to her already impressive resume. Flanary was the 2009 WAC Offensive Player of the Year and the 2008 Freshman of the Year.
THE NEW CREW - There are 14 newcomers on the 20110 roster, including two transfers. Katie Crosland is a sophomore transfer from Pepperdine, while fellow sophomore Julia Flores is a transfer from San Diego State.
Utah State has a huge freshmen class with 12 players. The Aggies look to see players like forward Libby Lundquist, midfielder Kendra Pemberton and forward Jessica Hoskin see some playing time early this season.
THE COACHES - Entering her eighth season at Utah State is Heather Cairns, who became the winningest coach in school history after recording her 27th career victory on Sept. 30, 2006, defeating Eastern Washington 1-0. In her five seasons at the helm of the Aggies, Cairns has compiled a 68-63-12 (.517) record passing former head coach Stacy Enos (1996-2000) who went 26-59 (.306) in five seasons with the Aggies.
Heather Cairns has a 26-6-4 (.778) record in WAC matches, giving her the highest winning percentage among the nine league coaches in conference matches.
ISU head coach Allison Gibson enters her fifth season as the Bengals head coach. Gibson earend her second Big Sky Coach of the Year honor last season.
OFFENSIVE POWER - Utah State welcomes back eight players who scored at least one point last season, led by leading scorer junior Shantel Flanary who scored 23 points last season on 10 goals and three assists. Senior Lauren Hansen knocked in 15 points on six goals and three assists. Fellow senior Stefani Shiozaki was the third leading scorer last season with eight points off of three goals and two assists. Senior Heather Pond had a break out season last year with one goal and three assists for five points.
WAC BITS - The WAC will continue its regular-season play as a single round-robin format for a total of eight conference matches. The points system is as follows: each team will receive three points for a win and one point for a tie. The six teams with the most points at the end of the regular season will advance to the WAC Tournament which is being held Nov. 4-5 and 7, in Ruston, La.
AGGIES PICKED TO WIN WAC TITLE - For the second-straight season, the Utah State soccer team was picked first in the Western Athletic Conference preseason poll, selected by the conference's nine coaches and announced by the league office Thursday.
The Aggies edged out Boise State for first place with 59 points, compared to the Broncos' 58 points. Utah State had three of the nine first-place votes, compared to Boise State earning six of the first-place votes.
Last season's regular season champion, San Jose State, received 40 points to place third. Nevada was picked fourth with 36 points, followed by Fresno State with 35 points. Hawai`i was chosen sixth with 30 points with Idaho garnering 28 points. New Mexico State in only its second season of play was picked eighth with 26 points with Louisiana Tech rounding out the poll with 12 points.
Utah State junior forward Shantel Flanary garnered Preseason Offensive Player of the Year honors, while San Jose State junior defender Jessica Ingram was selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Flanary was the only Aggie to earn Preseason all-WAC honors. WAC Tournament Champion Boise State led the way with three players on the team.
2010 Preseason All-WAC Team Shannon Saxton, Sr., F, Boise State Chelsea Small, So., F, Idaho Natalie Ratnavira, Jr., F, Nevada Shantel Flanary, Jr., F, Utah State Brandy Hickox, Jr., MF, Boise State Mari Punzal, Sr., MF, Hawai`i Jill Erickson, Sr., MF, Nevada Lindsay Roberts, Jr., D, Boise State Kendall VanDine, Jr., D, Fresno State Jessica Ingram, Jr., D, San Jose State Kaitlyn Revel, Sr., GK, Fresno State
Preseason Players of the Year Offensive: Shantel Flanary, Jr., F, Utah State Defensive: Jessica Ingram, Jr., D, San Jose State
AROUND THE LEAGUE - Excluding Boise State, who went to the NCAA Tournament lsat season, WAC teams will play in 12 matches against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last year. Utah State plays three games against non-conference opponents that competed in the NCAA Tournament last year.
Washington State at Idaho, Aug. 20 San Jose State at Santa Clara, Aug. 22 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Louisiana Tech, Sept. 3 Hawai`i at California, Sept. 5 Northern Arizona at New Mexico State, Sept. 5 Utah State at San Diego State, Sept. 5 San Jose State at San Diego State, Sept. 10 Washington State at Hawai`i, Sept. 17 Louisiana Tech at Murray State, Sept. 17 Hawai`i at Stanford, Sept. 23 UC Santa Barbara at Fresno State, Sept. 24 BYU at Utah State, Sept. 25
2 - Times that Utah State soccer has played a match in a Major League Soccer arena when the Aggies took on Weber State in Rio Tinto Stadium on Aug. 20. USU is undefeated at Rio Tinto Stadium.
5 - States represented on the Utah State roster besides the Beehive State of Utah, including Hawaii, Idaho, North Carolina, Texas and Washington.
10 - Total number of wins that the Aggies registered in 2009, marking the fourth-straight season USU has won at least 10 matches.
12 - Number of freshmen the young Aggie team has on the roster this season.
17 - Number of career goals Flanary has in her three seasons at Utah State.
20 - Players from the state of Utah on the roster.
25 - Number of goals scored by the USU returners of the 28 goals that the Aggies scored last season.
26 - Head coach Heather Cairns' total number of WAC wins. She has a record of 26-6-4 (.778) to lead all current WAC coaches in winning percentage.
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