Aggie Soccer Begins Home Portion of MW Schedule Against Air Force and Wyoming
Sept. 30, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - KICKING OFF - Utah State (5-4-2, 1-1-0 MW) will open the home portion of the Mountain West Conference schedule, hosting Air Force on Friday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. The match is part of a day-night doubleheader with the Aggie football team as USU takes on BYU at 6 p.m. Utah State will conclude the homestand on Sunday, Oct. 6 against Wyoming at 1 p.m. The Aggies snapped a three-match losing streak on Sept. 29 with a come-from-behind win against UNLV in Las Vegas.
SERIES HISTORY VS. AIR FORCE - Utah State holds a 2-0-1 overall record against the Air Force Academy. The last time the two teams met was in 2005 when the Aggies and the Falcons tied 0-0 in double overtime at the Montana Nike Cup in Missoula, Mont. The first meeting between Utah State and Air Force came in the Aggies' first season in 1996 when USU won 2-1 in Laramie, Wyo. In 2002, Utah State edged out Air Force, 3-2, in Colorado Springs. This will be the first meeting between the Aggies and the Falcons in Logan.
So far this season, Air Force is 2-6-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Mountain West action. The Falcons won their MW opener against in-state rival and Mountain West newcomer, Colorado State, 2-1, in overtime in Colorado Springs.
Air Force has scored six goals by six different players. Ashley Greco leads the team in scoring with four points off of four assists. As a team the Falcons have six goals and five assists for 17 points.
BREAKING THE DROUGHT - After going four matches without a goal, Utah State broke through with two against UNLV on Sept. 29. The Aggies made the most of their seven shots, scoring on two of them. The scoreless streak was the longest in school history. In 2011, USU did go three matches without scoring. Freshman midfielder Jayne Robinson's head broke the streak with a header in the 36th minute. AGGIES IN OPENERS - Utah State soccer entered its third conference since the program started in 1996 against Nevada on Sept. 27. 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 now 8-9-1 in conference openers. Utah State opened Mountain West action, taking on Nevada in its inaugural MW match, falling 2-0. The Aggies and the Wolf Pack have met twice in a league openers with Nevada winning both. The Wolf Pack also defeated Utah State, 1-0, in Reno in 2009. The Aggies are 3-6-1 on the road in conference openers since 1996.
AGGIES IN MOUNTAIN WEST OPENERS 2013 -- at Nevada, L, 0-2 Total: 0-1-0LOOKING AT THE STANDINGS - After the first week of conference action, four schools are undefeated, and two of them come to Logan this week. Both Air Force and Wyoming are 1-0-0 in MW play, winning their first matches. San Diego State and New Mexico are also undefeated with 2-0-0 records. Utah State is one of four teams tied with 1-1-0 marks along with Boise State, Nevada and UNLV, while three teams are in search of their first conference wins (Fresno State, Colorado State and San José State).
ON THE PITCH - After taking on Air Force on Oct. 4, the Aggies will host Wyoming on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Cowgirls hold a slight 3-2-2 series advantage over the Aggies. Last season, the teams battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie in Logan. In 2009, the teams once again tied 1-1 in double overtime in Logan, while the 2008 meeting saw the Aggies win, 2-1, in Laramie. In the seven meetings between the teams, they have tied twice and three have been decided by one goal.
This season, the Cowgirls are 4-6-1 this season, last defeated MW newcomer Colorado State, 3-0, in Fort Collins. Wyoming has scored 19 goals this season, while allowing 18. Lucie McDowell is UW's leading scorer with six goals and one assist for 13 points. Alex Boehm has played every minute in goal for the Cowgirls, allowing eight goals for a 1.57 GAA. She has made 43 saves with two shutouts.
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 11 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 assists along with junior forward Ambryn McCallson. Robison scored her first goal of the season against UNLV on Sept. 29. 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.
LAST TIME OUT - With a breakaway goal in the 71st minute, senior forward Jennifer Flynn guided Utah State soccer to a crucial, 2-1, road win against UNLV Sunday at Peter Johann Field in Las Vegas, Nev., on Sunday.
With the come-from-behind win, Utah State halted a four-match winless streak and gave the Aggies their first Mountain West Conference victory. Utah State is now 5-4-2 this season overall and 1-1 in MW action. The Aggies handed the Rebels their first home loss of the season, now holding a 6-4-2 overall record and are 1-1 in league play.
The Rebels wasted no time getting on the board in the first minute of the match when the Mountain West's second-leading scorer Jenn Wolfe scored her fifth goal of the season. Wolfe took a pass from Courtney Botelho and blasted it off the right post for the early 1-0 lead.
In the 30th minute, Utah State had its first shot of the match off the foot of freshman defender Shyani Terukina that went just wide.
Freshman midfielder Jayne Robinson scored the equalizer in the 35th minute. Off the cornerkick by fellow freshman midfielder/forward Jessica Brooksby, Robison scored her first collegiate goal with a header. The assist was the first of the season for Brooksby. The goal was also the first for USU since Sept. 7.
In the 71st minute, Utah State took the lead when Flynn scored her second goal of the season. Flynn took control dribbling past the Rebel defense and beating UNLV goalkeeper Kylie Wassell.
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 108-82-27 (.560) record passing former head coach Stacy Enos (1996-2000) who went 26-59 (.306) in five seasons with the Aggies.