Utah State Soccer Looks to Rebound at Utah Valley Sunday
Sept. 1, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - After dropping its first match of the season Friday against Northern Colorado, the Utah State soccer team looks to right the ship on Sunday against in-state rival, traveling to Orem, Utah to take on Utah Valley.
After the short, quick stop on home, the Aggies now open a three-match road swing that starts Sunday, Sept. 2, at in-state foe Utah Valley. Kickoff from Orem is slated for 1 p.m. at UVU's Clyde Field.
On Friday, Utah State lost a closely contested 1-0 match to Northern Colorado at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. The loss was USU's first of the season, as the Aggies are now 3-1-1. Friday was also the Aggies' first loss to the Bears in the series history, which USU now holds a 3-1 edge in. It also snaps USU's home unbeaten streak at 14-straight.
The Aggies and the Wolverines have met four times with the Aggies holding a 3-1 advantage. The last time the two teams met was in 2010 when Utah State defeated Utah Valley, 4-0. In that match, senior defender Natalie Norris scored two of the four goals.
The Wolverines enter the matchup with the Aggies with a 1-2-0 record after going 1-1 at the OHANA Hotels & Suites No Ka Oi hosted by former WAC foe, Hawai`i. On Sunday, UH defeated UVU in overtime on a penalty kick, 2-1. Lexi Robison leads the team with two goals and one assist for five points. Jessica Duffin has seen the bulk of time in goal, allowing five goals for a 1.70 GAA.
For their efforts in the Hawai'i tournament last week, Robison and Lexi Dunn were named Great West Conference Players of the Week. Robison finished the tournament with two goals and an assist while Dunn also tallied an assist amidst her defensive responsibilities.
USU will then head to Portland, Ore., to play in the Portland State Viking Classic, facing Eastern Washington on Friday, Sept. 7 and then host Portland State on Sunday, Sept. 9. The Aggies then return home to host Washington on Friday, Sept. 13.
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