Oct. 3, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State soccer heads faces No. 23 Brigham Young on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Provo. The Aggies take a 4-6 mark into Thursday's match, after defeating Montana, 1-0, on Sept. 27.
Senior forward Dana Peart leads Utah State with 11 points on five goals and one assist, along with two game-winning goals. She is one of five Aggies to net a goal this season. Senior midfielder Abby Hunt, junior defender Alyssa Lowry, sophomore midfielder Alysa Adams and freshman forward Lauren Hansen have the Aggies' other goals. Peart leads the team with 38 shots, including 21 on goal. Peart also leads the league with 38 shots on the season.
Between the pipes, junior goalkeeper Ali Griffin has tallied 35 saves on the year, including a season-high eight in the loss against Oregon. Griffin has a 1.24 goals against average and a .778 save percentage. Griffin ranks second in the WAC in shutouts per game (0.33) and is tied for second in shutouts with three. She is also third in the league in GAA (1.24), saves (35) and save percentage (.771).
The Cougars have an 8-0-2 record after defeating Montana, 2-1, Saturday night in Provo, scoring its first goal in the 41st minute and its second goal in the 46th minute. BYU is currently ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 Poll, as well as No. 17 in Soccer Buzz Magazine's Top 30 Poll and No. 6 in the Soccer Buzz's West Regional Poll. They are also tied for 14th in the SoccerTimes.com Top 25 Poll. Last week, Washington was the first team to score against BYU, as the Cougars were the last team in the nation to be scored against.
BYU is led by junior forward Katie Larkin with eight goals and an assist for 17 points. Larkin netted one of BYU's goals and gave an assist in the second goal in Saturday's 2-1 win against Montana. Freshman forward Kassidy Christensen has netted three goals for six points.
Senior goalkeeper Erika Woodbury has notched a 0.19 GAA, making 39 saves while allowing two goals, for a .951 save percentage. Woodbury has posted eight shutouts on the season.
The Cougars are returning 10 starters and 20 letterwinners from last season's team that was 13-3-4 and finished second in the Mountain West Conference with a 4-1-2 mark. BYU fell to Portland, 2-1, in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament, as the Cougars were making their ninth national tournament appearance in the last 10 years.
Utah State is 0-4 vs. BYU. The Aggies first met the Cougars in 1996, Utah State's first season, falling 6-0. The two intra-state foes did not meet again until 2004, when BYU won 2-0, and again in 2005, a 5-0 Cougar win. BYU made its first trip to Logan last season as the Aggies fell, 1-0, as the final fifteen minutes of regulation were played in a treacherous hail storm. Overall, Utah State has a 13-17-2 record vs. in-state opponents.
USU returns back home to wrap up its non-conference portion of the schedule on Oct. 6 to host another in-state foe in Utah at 1 p.m.
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