USU Soccer Takes On No. 21 Oklahoma State On Friday
Aug. 31, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - KICKING OFF - After capturing the 12th-annual Miner Classic in El Paso, Texas, Utah State (3-0-0) returns home for a tough two-match home stand. The Aggies begin the home stand against No. 21 Oklahoma State (1-1-0) on Friday, Sept. 4. This is the first meeting between the Aggies and the Cowgirls. USU is 2-0-0 this season against teams that it is meeting for the first time this season with wins against Texas Tech and Stephen F. Austin. Utah State is off to its best start in school history with a 3-0-0 start. The previous best start was a 2-0-1 start in 2006. The Aggies will go for their fourth-straight win at home against OSU. The Aggies will take on another set of Cowgirls when they face Wyoming on Sunday, Sept. 6. The Cowgirls are 2-1-0 after a win against Western Michigan on Aug. 30. Last season, USU defeated Wyoming, 2-1, in Laramie. This is the 14th season of Utah State soccer. The program holds an overall record of 99-133-14. Last year, the Aggies were 13-8-1, which was the third-straight season they had won at least 10 matches.
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 - This week, No. 21 Oklahoma State comes to Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field on Friday, Sept. 4. The Cowgirls will be the first ranked team to come to Logan this decade. USU is 0-5 against ranked teams in the 2000s, but all five matches have been on the road. The last ranked team that USU has faced is BYU on Oct. 4, 2007 in Provo when the Aggie fell, 2-1.
Aggies vs. Ranked Teams in the 2000s 2007 at BYU L, 1-2 2006 vs. Arizona L, 0-3 vs. LBSU L, 0-2 2003 at Cal Poly L, 0-2 2002 at Utah L, 2-3
THE OPPONENT - Last week, Oklahoma State flexed its offensive muscle on Aug. 30 at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex as the 21st-ranked Cowgirls topped Louisiana-Lafayette, 7-0, in front of 606 fans. The win was OSU's ninth in a row against a non-conference opponent on its home field as the Cowgirls improved to 2-1-0 on the season. Coach Colin Carmichael's squad is 37-0-2 at home against non-Big 12 Conference competition since losing to Creighton on Oct. 6, 2000 at home.
BIG WIN - The Aggies 3-2 win against Texas Tech in the Miner Classic was USU's first against a team from the Big 12 conference. In the win, junior forward Lauren Hansen scored tow of the Aggies' three goals. Sophomore striker Shantel Flanary added the third goal that proved to be the game-winner.
SUPER SOPHOMORES - All five points that the Aggies scored in the 2-0 win over Northern Arizona on Aug. 21 was scored by a sophomore. Sophomore defender Summer Tillotson started the season with penalty kick to score the first Aggie goal of the season. USU took a 2-0 lead with a goal by second-year player Shantel Flanary off the cross from sophomore Danielle Shorts. It was shorts first collegiate point. Against Texas Tech, sophomore Allie Maduell earned her first collegiate point with an assist. Flanary added two more goals at the Miner Classic and now has five points this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Molli Merrill also earned her first career shutout in the win. Merrill added two more wins in the Miner Classic to move to 3-0-0 this season.
HANSEN EARNS WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS - Utah State's Lauren Hansen and Louisiana Tech's Cat Buchanan have been named Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Aug. 24-30. Hansen, a junior from Camano Island, Wash. (Stanwood HS), scored three goals in two matches as Utah State went 2-0 last week to win the Miner Classic title in El Paso, Texas. Hansen scored the game-winning goal in USU's 3-2 win over Stephen F. Austin. In Utah State's 3-2 win over Texas Tech, Hansen scored the first two Aggie goals as USU won its first-ever match against a Big 12 opponent. Utah State's 3-0 record marks the team's best start in program history. This is the second-straight week that an Aggie has been honored by the WAC after Summer Tillotson was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week last week.
AROUND THE CORNER - After taking on No. 21 Oklahoma State and Wyoming this week, the Aggies hit the road for a lengthy road trip. USU will return to the Lone Star state to take on UT San Antonio on Sept. 11 and Houston Baptist. The following week, USU hits the road for the Evergreen State to take on Washington on Sept. 18 and Seattle on Sept. 20.
HANSEN NEARING HISTORY - Junior forward Lauren Hansen is three points from moving up to third all-time on USU's career points list, passing Amber Tracy's 49 points. Hansen has averaged 20.5 points per season in her first two campaigns. If she sustains this average, she will pass the Aggies' all-time point scorer Jayme Gordy (1997-2000) who scored 77 in her storied USU career.
O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN! - The Utah State squad has voted on tri-captains for the 2009 season. Seniors Lindsey Smart and Sydne Porter-Garner and junior Lauren Hansen were all named captains by their peers.
THE COACH - Entering her seventh 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 59-54-10 (.512) record passing former head coach Stacy Enos (1996-2000) who went 26-59 (.306) in five seasons with the Aggies.
WAC INFORMATION - The WAC will continue its regular-season play as a single round-robin format (plus a points system) for a total of eight conference matches. The number of WAC matches has increased due to the addition of New Mexico State this season. The points system allows each team to 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 will be held Nov. 5-6, 8 in Boise, Idaho.
2009 WAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
First Round - Thursday, November 5 No. 3 vs. No. 6, 12:30 p.m. No. 4 vs. No. 5, 3:00 p.m.
Semifinals - Friday, November 6 Winner 3/6 vs. No. 1, 12:30 p.m. Winner 4/5 vs. No. 2, 3:00 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, November 8 Championship Match, 1:00 p.m.
WAC BITS - Following are the returning stat leaders in the WAC for 2008. 12 of the 15 WAC-only statistical leaders return this season. San Jose State's Emmy Belding returns after leading the WAC in league-only games with nine points last season. Belding was also the leader in WAC games in points per game (1.29), goals (4) and goals per game (0.57). Utah State's Lindsey Smart led the conference with four assists in WAC games, and also led the league with 0.57 assists per game. Defensively, Fresno State's Kaitlyn Revel returns for her junior season after leading the WAC in goals against average (0.13), save percentage (.974), shutouts (6) and shutouts per game (0.86). Idaho keeper Liz Boyden also returns after leading the conference in both saves (49) and saves per game (7.00).
AGGIES PICKED TO REPEAT AS WAC CHAMPIONS - Utah State soccer was picked first in the Western Athletic Conference preseason poll, selected by the conference's nine coaches and announced by the league office Tuesday. After two seasons of being picked to finish third, this is the highest preseason selection in the program's history. The Aggies look to repeat as WAC champions after finishing last season with a perfect 7-0-0 record. The Aggies return 12 letterwinners and seven starters from last year's team that finished 13-8-1 and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship match. USU brings back three seniors in defender Sydne Porter-Garner, midfielder Lindsey Smart and forward Erin Salmon. OF the seven starters returning, four were named to the all-WAC team last season in Smart, Chandra Salmon, Lauren Hansen and Shantel Flanary. Utah State was picked sixth in the 2005 preseason poll, the Aggies' first year in the WAC, fourth in 2006 and third in both the 2007 and 2008 preseason prognostications. Utah State led the conference with four on the 11-player preseason all-WAC team, including 2008 Freshman of the Year forward Shantel Flanary and 2008 all-WAC first-team selection midfielder Lindsey Smart. Midfielder Chandra Salmon and forward Lauren Hansen, 2008 all-WAC honorees, also received preseason all-WAC honors for the Aggies. Smart was one of only two seniors to make the squad along with Hawai`i senior forward Ambree Ako. Both Smart and Ako earned preseason player of the year honors in 2008 with Smart taking Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Ako earning offensive honors.
2009 Preseason All-WAC Team Ambree Ako, F, Hawai'i, Sr. Shantel Flanary, F, Utah State, So. Lauren Hansen, F, Utah State, Jr. Shannon Saxton, F, Boise State, Jr. Cristen Drummond, MF, Nevada, Jr. Mari Punzal, MF, Hawai`i, Jr. Chandra Salmon, MF, Utah State, So. Chelsea Deptula, D, Hawai`i, Jr. Danielle Solich, D, Fresno State, So Lindsey Smart, D, Utah State, Sr. Kaitlyn Revel, GK, Fresno State, Jr.
Preseason Players of the Year Offensive: Shannon Saxton, F, Boise State, Jr. Defensive: Kaitlyn Revel, GK, Fresno State, Jr.
LOOKING BACK AT 2008 + USU became the first team since SMU in 2001 to go undefeated in WAC action with a perfect 7-0-0 record.
+ The Aggies advanced to their first WAC Tournament championship match after a 1-0 win agaisnt Boise State. Lauren Hansen, Sydne Porter-Garner and Jessie Malaska earned spots on the WAC all-tournament team.
+ Utah State set a school record, winning eight-straight matches from Oct. 10 to Nov. 7. The Aggies' 13 wins was the most ever in school history.
+ With three assists against San Jose State on Oct. 26, Lindsey Smart became the Utah State all-time assists leader. She ended the 2008 campaign with 14 career assists.
1A - The number wins that Utah State has against Big 12 opponents with a win against Texas Tech in the Miner Classic.
1B - This will be the first time that Utah State soccer has played a match in a Major League Soccer arena when the Aggies take on Utah in Rio Tinto Stadium on Sept. 24.
6 - States represented on the Utah State roster besides the Beehive State of Utah, including Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina and Washington.
8 - The total number of goals that the Aggies have scored in their first three matches.
9 - The number of freshmen the young Aggie team has on the roster this season.
13 - The total number of wins that the Aggies registered in 2008, setting a school record.
14 - Number of career assists junior Lindsey Smart has. She is the all-time assist leader in USU history.
16 - Players from the state of Utah on the roster.
21 - Head coach Heather Cairns' total number of WAC wins. She has a record of 21-4-3 (.804) to lead all current WAC coaches in winning percentage.
26 - The number of goals scored by the USU returners of the 32 goals that the Aggies scored last season.
66 - The number of matches that durable senior Lindsey Smart has played in her Aggie career. She needs to play in 15 matches this season to become the all-time leader in matches played, passing defender Jessie Malaska (2005-08).