USU Soccer Travels To Silver State To Take On Nevada And UNLV This Week
Sept. 23, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - KICKING OFF - Utah State (4-3-2) opens its first season in the Mountain West Conference with a pair of road matches in the Silver State. The Aggies' first MW match will be against former Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU will conclude the brief road trip against UNLV on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. (MT).
The Aggies look to get back on track after a four-match winless streak. Last week, Utah State dropped a pair of matches to Beehive State foes with losses to Utah and Weber State.
SERIES HISTORY VS NEVADA - After a year in separate conferences, Utah State and Nevada have been reunited in the Mountain West. Overall, the Aggies hold an 8-3-0 series lead over the Wolf Pack. The last time the two teams met was in 2011 when both schools were in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies used second-half goals from Kendra Pemberton and Natalie Norris to take a 2-0 win. The last time that the Wolf Pack defeated the Aggies was in 2009 when Nevada captured a 1-0 win in Reno.
So far this season, the Wolf Pack a 2-4-3 overall and 1-1-0 at home. In its last two matches, Nevada is 0-1-1 with a tie against Gonzaga and a loss to Montana. The Wolf Pack's two wins this season came against Eastern Washington and Sacramento State.
Five different Nevada players have scored goals this season. As a team the Wolf Pack have scored five goals with one assist for 11 points. They have allowed nine goals and six assists for 24 points.
BACK IN ACTION - Senior forward Jennifer Flynn has made a quick impact since returning from injury. The forward missed the first four matches of the season due to injury. In her first three matches in which she saw action, Flynn has a goal and an assist for three points. She scored in USU's 3-2 win against Idaho State and had an assist in the Aggies' loss to No. 25 Arkansas.
AGGIES IN OPENERS - Utah State soccer is entering its third conference since the program started in 1996. The Aggies were 3-6-0 in Big West openers from 1996-2004. USU was also 5-2-1 in eight Western Athletic Conference openers. Overall, the Aggies are 8-8-1 in conference openers. When Utah State opens Mountain West action, it will take on Nevada in its inaugural MW match. The Aggies and the Wolf Pack have met once in a league opener when Nevada edged Utah State, 1-0, in Reno in 2009. The Aggies are 3-5-1 on the road in conference openers since 1996.
AGGIES IN WAC OPENERS 2005 -- Louisiana Tech, W, 2-0 2006 -- at Louisiana Tech, W, 2-1 2007 -- at Idaho W, 4-0 2008 -- Idaho W, 4-0 2009 -- at Nevada L, 0-1 2010 -- Louisiana Tech, W, 1-0 2011 -- at Hawai`i, L, 1-2 2012 -- at New Mexico State, T, 0-0 Total: 5-2-1NOW THEY REALLY MATTER - After a very tough non-conference, Utah State now heads into conference play, hoping to earn the Mountain West Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Right now, the Aggies are in third place behind Boise State and UNLV who are tied for first with matching 5-3-2 records. Fresno State and Wyoming are right behind the Aggies with 3-5-1 marks. San Jose State earned its first win of the season this week and is 1-7-0.
IN LIVING COLOR - This season, the Mountain West and Utah State have teamed together to provide streaming for many MW matches, including all of the Aggies remaining home matches. Fans can watch the stream along with announcer Reed Capener for free by clicking on the "Watch Live" link on the main page of the Utah State web site at www.utahstateaggies.com.
GETTING EVERYONE INVOLVED - In Utah State's nine matches, 12 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 seniors Jennifer Flynn, Mari Miyashiro and Shay Haddow. Fellow freshman Jayne Robison, sophomore defender/midfielder Sarah Lorscheider and junior Brooke Larsen-Leavitt also added assistsalong with junior forward Ambryn McCallson. 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 three goals two of which came from penalty kicks.
AROUND THE LEAGUE - Sophomore goalkeeper Jeannie Woller is first in the Mountain West in saves (49). She is also tied for second in shutouts (4) and is first in saves per game (5.44). She is also sixth in the MW in goals against average (1.16). Junior defender Taryn Rose is ninth in the league in points scored with six. UNLV's Jenn Wolfe is first in the MW in points with 11 off of four goals.
As a team, Utah State is third in goals scored with 12 and fourth in points with 30. UNLV leads the MW in points scored with 43.
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 seven goals this season. So far this season, Utah State recorded shutouts against Creighton (3-0), Utah Valley (1-0) and UTEP (1-0). The Aggies then added a 0-0 road shutout against Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 15.
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 road matches against Nevada, the Aggies travel to UNLV to take on the Rebels. UNLV is tied for first in the league with a 5-3-2 record. The Rebels are also first in points scored with 43. UNLV is also first in goals scored with 15 in 10 matches.
Next week, Utah State will return home for MW matches against Air Force and Wyoming. The Aggies will take on the Falcons on Friday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m., while facing the Cowgirls on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT - For the first time since 2011, the Utah State soccer team has lost two-straight matches after losing a heartbreaking, 1-0, battle with Weber State on Sunday at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.
With the defeat, Utah State falls to 4-3-2 this season, while Weber State improves to 4-2-2. The loss to the Wildcats snapped a four-match winning streak by USU against Weber State. It was also the sixth-straight match in the series that ended with a one-goal deficit. USU's last loss to WSU came in 2005 when the Wildcats captured a 1-0 win in Ogden. The Aggies have now gone winless in their last four matches with an 0-3-1 record.
Neither team had too many offensive opportunities in the first half. Aggie sophomore goalkeeper Jeannie Woller made four first half saves, while the Wildcats' keeper Danielle McKay did not make a save in the first 45 minutes.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Weber State scored the only goal of the match. The Wildcats' Stacy Bair took a deflection and found the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
After the goal, Utah State took control with more offensive chances, but were never able to score. In the 54th minute, junior forward Lauren Roundy scored, but the Aggies were called for offsides, waving off the goal.
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 107-81-27 (.560) record passing former head coach Stacy Enos (1996-2000) who went 26-59 (.306) in five seasons with the Aggies.