Sept. 8, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - KICKING OFF - Utah State looks to break a two-match winless streak after losing to No. 20 Oklahoma and tying Wyoming last week in Logan. This week, the Aggies hit the road, heading to the Lone Star state for the second time this season. In its first trip, Utah State captured the Miner Classic with wins against Texas Tech and Stephen F. Austin. This week, USU will face UT San Antonio on Friday, Sept. 11. The Aggies will then head to Houston to take on Houston Baptist on Sunday, Sept. 13. 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 - Utah State holds a 1-0 record against UT San Antonio, defeating the Roadrunner in Logan last season. In the win in 2008, Lindsey Smart and Lauren Hansen provided the offense, while Ali Griffin pitched her fourth shutout of the season. This is the first ever meeting between the Aggies and the Huskies of Houston Baptist.
THE OPPONENT - The Aggies next two opponents, UT San Antonio and Houston Baptist, met in Houston on Friday, Sept. 4. The Roadrunner shut out the Huskies, 1-0. The Roadrunners, who snapped their two-match losing streak, improved to 2-3 overall. UTSA has scored only three goals this season and has a total of 10 points. One of the Roadrunners losses was to Texas Tech, 5-0. The Aggies stopped the Red Raiders, 3-2 in El Paso. UTSA's two wins came against Houston and Houston Baptist. Chelsea Zimmerman is on of the three Roadrunners to get the ball in the back of the net this season. Zimmerman scored the game-winning goal in the match against Houston Baptist. The HBU women's soccer team picked up its first victory of the season with a 2-0 shutout victory over Sam Houston State on Sept. 6. HBU now has a 1-2-0 record this season. The win was the first ever for the Huskies over SHSU after losing 1-0 the last two seasons. Arielle Rodriguez and Cindy Hedden both scored in the win against Sam Houston State. It was the first goal of the season for both.
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. LEADERS OF THE PACK - Junior forward Lauren Hansen leads the Aggies in scoring with three goals and one assist for seven points. She also has one game-winning goal. Sophomore striker Shantel Flanary is second on the team in points scored with two goals and one assist for five points. Junior Stefani Shiozaki is third on the team in points scored with three after having only one point her first two seasons. Shiozaki has broken through with her first collegiate goal in the tie with Wyoming and an assist in the win against Stephen F. Austin.
AROUND THE CORNER - After traveling to Texas for matches against UT San Antonio and Houston Baptist, Utah State heads to the Evergreen State for two matches. USU will take on Washington on Friday, Sept. 18 and Seattle University on Sunday, Sept. 20. Washington is the home state of junior forward Lauren Hansen. Freshman Amy Marple is also from the state of Washington, hailing from Vancouver.
HANSEN NEARING HISTORY - Junior forward Lauren Hansen is two 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 59-55-11 (.516) 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 - Junior midfielder Stefani Shiozaki scored her first collegiate goal in the Aggies tie against Wyoming on Sept. 6.
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.
2 - The number of Big 12 Conference teams that USU has faced this season, splitting the matches with a win against Texas Tech and a loss against No. 20 Oklahoma State.
6 - States represented on the Utah State roster besides the Beehive State of Utah, including Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina and Washington.
9A - The total number of goals that the Aggies have scored in their first five matches.
9B - 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.
68 - The number of matches that durable senior Lindsey Smart has played in her Aggie career. She needs to play in 13 matches this season to become the all-time leader in matches played, passing defender Jessie Malaska (2005-08)
470 -Total number of minutes sophomore goalkeeper Molli Merrill has played this season after playing 180 her freshman campaign.
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