Weekly USU Soccer Notes (Sept. 2, 2002)
Sept. 2, 2002
LOGAN, Utah -
THIS WEEK- Utah State soccer (1-1) continues its five-game homestand, as it faces Sacramento State (0-2) Friday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. and hosts Eastern Washington 0-1) Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. The Aggies play at the new Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field, located on 1400 North at approximately 1100 East.
NEXT WEEK- The Aggies host a three-team round-robin, as USU takes on Southern Utah on Sept. 13 at 4 p.m., and Southern Utah and Portland State face off at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14. USU then plays Portland State at 4 p.m. on Sept. 16.
QUICKLY- USU returns all-Big West Honorable Mention selections Amber Tracy and Melissa Baggaley... Six of USU's 10 home matches in 2002 occur between Aug. 24 and Sept. 16... Brigid Turner scored USU's only goal in the Aggies' 3-1 loss at Idaho State Aug. 30, while Amber Tracy and Lacey Poulton scored in USU's shutout of Weber State on Sept. 2... The Aggies are now 1-6 all-time in season openers... USU's 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton in 2001 marked the Titans' only league loss of the year.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE- Head coach Sandra Asimos is in her eighth year at Sacramento State (0-2), and has posted a 55-82-10 record. The Hornets posted a 5-11-2 overall record last season, and a 3-3 record in the Big Sky Conference, finishing third. Sac State returns six starters from last season. Sac State lost to Pacific on Aug. 30, and lost a double-overtime game, 3-2, on a penalty-kick goal with less than one minute remaining in the second overtime at San Francisco on Sunday. Friday's match marks the first time USU has faced Sac State since 1997, when USU lost in Sacramento, 3-0.
SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON- George Hageage is in his third year at Eastern Washington, leading the Eagles to a 10-23-1 overall record in that time. Last season, EWU posted a 3-12-1 record in the Big Sky Conference. Two of those three wins in 2001 came in the final four games of the season, when the Eagles were 2-1-1. EWU returns eight starters from last season. Eastern Washington (0-1) plays late Monday, Sept. 2 at Cal State Fullerton. EWU travels to Idaho on Friday, Sept. 6 and comes to Logan on Sept. 8. The Aggies are 0-1 against EWU, with the teams' one meeting coming in Cheney, Wash., in 2000. USU's game on Sept. 8 against Eastern Washington will be the Aggies' fourth in four games against a Big Sky opponent.
2002 BIG WEST COACHES' POLL- The Aggies were picked to finish ninth in the Big West Conference this season in a poll of the league's coaches. Coaches chose Cal State Fullerton, the 2001 champion, to repeat in 2002. UC Santa Barbara, which finished a game behind CSF last season, was picked to finish second again this season, and edged Cal Poly out of that second-place pick by a single point. The complete list, including votes, follows:
Cal St. Fullerton (9) 99 pts UC Santa Barbara 81 pts Cal Poly (1) 80 pts UC Irvine 65 pts Pacific 56 pts Cal State Northridge 50 pts Long Beach State 49 pts Idaho 33 pts Utah State 24 pts UC Riverside 13 pts
SENIOR FORWARD BRIGID TURNER- Brigid Turner posted eight points in 2001, scoring three goals and assisting on two others. She is ranked second among USU career goals leaders with 18. At Idaho State on Aug. 30, Turner scored her first goal of the season, USU's only score in its 3-1 loss.
JUNIOR FORWARD AMBER TRACY- Amber Tracy scored her first goal of the 2002 season Sept. 2 against Weber State. She led the Aggies last season, scoring seven of the team's 20 goals. She recorded 15 points, started all but one match for USU and was named to the All-Big West Honorable Mention team for her efforts. Additionally, her seven goals on the year in 2001 were the fourth-most scored by an Aggie in a season.
2002 SCHEDULE NOTES- USU defeated Weber State for the first time since 1999, moving the series all-time to 3-3-1... The Aggies have faced every team on their 2002 schedule at least once. USU plays Air Force for the first time since 1996, Wyoming and Sacramento State for the first time since 1997, Portland State for the first time since 1998, and Eastern Washington for the first time since 2000... USU plays six of the eight Big Sky Conference teams this season, taking on Idaho State, Eastern Washington, Sacramento State, Weber State, Portland State and Northern Arizona.
LAST WEEK- Aug. 30, USU dropped to 1-6 all-time in season opening games, losing 3-1 at Idaho State. USU's lone goal came on Brigid Turner's penalty kick with 70 minutes gone in the game. The loss tied the USU-ISU all-time series at 2-2, with each team winning on its home field. Idaho State led, 1-0 at the half, after scoring on an own goal with just under 13 minutes left in the first half. In the second half, the Aggies tied the game and then held ISU to just two shots in the half, but the Bengals were able to score on each. USU sophomore goalkeeper Megan Mills posted four saves, all in the first half. Sept. 2, the Aggies defeated Weber State for the first time since 1999, shutting out the Wildcats 2-0. Amber Tracy and Lacey Poulton each scored for USU, and Claire Schend added an assist on Poulton's goal. The USU defense allowed Weber State just three shots on the day.
HEAD COACH JEN KENNEDY CROFT-Jen Kennedy Croft (Connecticut, 1988) is in her second year as the Aggies' head coach, and owns a 6-12-1 record at USU. She's the program's second head coach in its seven seasons, and was an assistant at USU in 1999 and 2000. Kennedy Croft has 12 years of coaching experience, including time spent as an assistant at Connecticut, Maine, Princeton, Rhode Island and Arkansas. She was the head coach at Seattle University from 1991-1996, where she guided the Pilots to a 34-19-7 record with three NAIA tournament appearances. She played at Connecticut from 1984-87, earning four letters as a defender. She was selected as the team's MVP in 1987.