USU Soccer Hosts Arkansas Friday On Youth Soccer Day
Sept. 9, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - KICKING OFF - Utah State (4-0-1) soccer hosts its first ever Southeastern Conference squad when Arkansas (6-0-0) comes to Logan on Friday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. Friday is also Utah Youth Soccer Day at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. This is the first-ever meeting between USU and Arkansas.
Youth Soccer Day begins at 2:00 p.m., where hot dogs will be grilled for the kids. At 3:00 p.m., Utah Youth Soccer will have a soccer clinic on the football practice field until 3:40 p.m. Kids will have the opportunity to take part in pre-game introductions as well as being part of the Big Blue Shootout at halftime. Autographs will be held after the match.
SERIES HISTORY VS ARKANSAS - Utah State hosts Arkansas for Utah Youth Soccer Day on Friday, Sept. 13 in the first meeting between the teams. The Razorbacks are the first Southeastern Conference team to come to Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. USU is 0-2 against the SEC. The Aggies first faced Kentucky on the road in 2000, falling, 2-1. Utah State then took on Auburn in the Aggies' first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. In the match in Auburn, Ala., Utah State also fell by a 2-1 margin.
The Razorbacks and the Aggies have only one common opponent this season. Both squads took on Nebraska last week. Utah State tied the Cornhuskers, 2-2, on Sept. 2 in Logan. Arkansas defeated Nebraska, 2-1, in double overtime on Sept. 8.
Arkansas is off to a perfect 6-0-0 record this season after the win over Nebraska. The Razorbacks are led by Ashleigh Ellenwood who has scored four goals and one assist for nine points. Both Evan Palmer and Rachel Riggs have four points, which places them tied for second on the team. Cameron Carter has played every minute in goal for the Razorbacks. She has allowed only three goals in six matches for a goals against average of 0.48. Overall, Arkansas has scored 12 goals this season to go along with 13 assist for 37 points.
THE QUINTET- Utah State had a very productive week last, scoring five goals in two matches. With those give goals, the Aggies had five different players find the back of the net. Juniors Lauren Roundy and Lexie Morgan delivered goals against Nebraska. In the match against Idaho State, seniors Jennifer Flynn and Shay Haddow scored, while junior Taryn Rose had the game winner. So far this season, six different players have scored goals, while nine different Aggies have scored a point.
MAKING HISTORY - With three shutouts to start the season, Utah State made history. This is the first time in program history that the Aggies have started the season with three-straight shutouts. The defense, behind the stellar play of sophomore goalkeeper Jeannie Woller, has allowed only two goals this season. So far this season, Utah State recorded shutouts against Creighton (3-0), Utah Valley (1-0) and UTEP (1-0).
SENIOR SUPPORT - In Utah State's win over Idaho State on Sept. 7, the Aggies got a lot of support from the seniors. Senior forward Jennifer Flynn, made a dramatic return to the lineup. She tied the score, 1-1, with her first goal of the season in her first match of the year. Flynn missed the first four matches of the season with an injury. Fellow senior Shay Haddow scored her first goal as an Aggie to tie the score again at 2-2. It was also the midfielder's first collegiate goal after playing her first season at Virginia Commonwealth.
GETTING EVERYONE INVOLVED - In Utah State's five matches, nine different Aggies have earned a point. Juniors Taryn Rose, Lexie Morgan, Kylie Dibb and Lauren Roundy have found the back of the net, along with freshman Jessica Brooksby and senior Shay Haddow. Fellow freshman Jayne Robison, sophomore defender/midfielder Sarah Lorscheider and junior Brooke Larsen-Leavitt also added assists. Dibb and Roundy became the first Aggies with two goals. Dibb added her second goal with the game-winning goal against UTEP on Aug. 30. Roundy scored her second goal against Nebraska on Sept. 2. Robison is the first Aggie to two assists when she assisted on Dibb's goal against UTEP. Rose has two goals both of which came from penalty kicks.
STARTING WITH A BANG - Utah State began the season with an offensive bang, scoring three goals in the first 45 minutes of action in the win against Creighton on Aug. 23. Junior forward Lauren Roundy scored the first goal of the 2013 season on a breakaway to give the Aggies an early 1-0 just six minutes into the match.
The, 3-0, win was the biggest margin of victory in a USU season opener in school history. The Aggies also spread the wealth as three different players scored and five players earned a point.
AROUND THE LEAGUE - Sophomore goalkeeper Jeannie Woller is first in the Mountain West in save percentage (.892). She is also tied for first in shutouts (3) and saves per game (6.60). She is also third in the MW in goals against average (0.77). Junior defender Taryn Rose and junior forwards Kylie Dibb and Lauren Roundy are tied for 10th in points with four.
As a team, Utah State is third in goals scored with 10, as well as tied for third with four. The Aggies also stand third in foals against average (0.77), behind Nevada (0.55) and Boise State (0.76).
GAMETRACKER - Fans can follow all the Aggie home matches 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 - After the home match against Arkansas, Utah State hits the road to take on Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. (MT). The Titans hold a 6-4-0 advantage over the Aggies. The last time they met was in 2011 when Cal State Fullerton edged out a 1-0 double overtime win in Logan. So far this season, the Titans are 2-2-1. CSF has earned wins over USU's MW foe Fresno State and Montana. It has played two other Beehive State teams with a loss against BYU and tie against Utah. Cal State Fullerton also has a loss against Texas Tech. Christina Burkenroad leads the team in scoring with one goal and one assist for three points. Lindsey Maricic has played four matches in goal this season, allowing four goals for a 0.95 GAA.
LAST TIME OUT - After an Idaho State foul in the 88th minute, junior defender Taryn Rose drilled a penalty kick that gave Utah State soccer the 3-2 win over Idaho State at Davis Field in Pocatello, Idaho on Saturday.
With the win, the Aggies remain undefeated with a 4-0-1 record. The Bengals slip to 2-3-0 with the loss.
Senior forward Jennifer Flynn saw action in her first match of the season after missing the first four matches of the season with an injury. Flynn was the Aggies leading scorer last year.
Idaho State took the 1-0 lead in the 59th minute when Madeline Gochnour broke the scoreless tie with her second goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, Utah State tied the score with a shot from Flynn that hit off the post and snuck into the goal. Flynn had a strong return to the lineup with three shots on goal off the bench.
Senior midfielder Shay Haddow picked a great time to score her first goal as an Aggie. At the 64:33 point of the second half, a ball was deflected off the hands of Haspic. Haddow blasted a shot from minute yards out to tie the score, 2-2.
Rose's penalty kick in the 88th minute gave Utah State its only lead of the match. The junior is one of three Aggies with two goals this season along with junior forward Lauren Roundy and Dibb. Seven different Aggies have found the back of the net so far this season.
THE NEW CREW - There are 12 newcomers on the 2013 roster, including two transfers. Sophomore Katie Flynn , who is the sister of all-WAC forward Jennifer Flynn, joins the team this season as a transfer from Idaho State. Junior midfielder/forward Kelsey Burke come to Utah State from Foothill College. Utah State has 10 freshmen on the roster this season eight of which hail from the Beehive State.
AGGIES TIED FOR THIRD IN PRESEASON MW POLL - Utah State soccer was picked to finish in a tie for third with UNLV in the Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the 11 Mountain West head women's soccer coaches. The Aggies and Rebels were both picked to finish third with 77 points.
Defending champion San Diego State was picked as the favorite to win the 2013 MW regular-season title. The Aztecs collected nine first-place votes and 99 total points. New Mexico was second with 86 points and one first-place vote.
Boise State (61 points) and Fresno State (52 points), finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Wyoming (45 points) was chosen seventh, while Nevada (43 points) and MW newcomer San José State (31 points) were picked eight and ninth, respectively. Air Force (20 points) and first-year program Colorado State (12 points) rounded out the standings.
The Aggies return 17 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's team that finished 13-3-6 and captured their second-straight WAC Tournament title, while reaching their second NCAA Tournament in as many years.
This is the Aggies' first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. During its time in the WAC, USU won four league titles in the last five season, including WAC Tournament titles.
HEAD COACH Heather Cairns - In her 11th 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 10 seasons at the helm of the Aggies, Cairns has compiled a 107-78-26 (.569) record passing former head coach Stacy Enos (1996-2000) who went 26-59 (.306) in five seasons with the Aggies.