Aggie Soccer Starts Road Trip At Fresno State And San Jose State
Oct. 7, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - KICKING OFF - Utah State (6-4-2, 2-1-0 MW) hits the road this week for a pair of matches in the Golden State. USU plays familiar foes in Fresno State and San Jose State, former Western Athletic Conference rivals. The Aggies begin the road trip at Fresno State on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU continues the trip against San José State on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. (MT). This is the beginning of a season-long three-match road trip that will end next week in Fort Collins against Colorado State.
SERIES HISTORY VS. FRESNO STATE - Fresno State and Utah State are familiar acquaintances as conference foes in the Western Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs hold a 6-3-3 record against Utah State. The last time the two teams met was in 2011 when the Aggies defeated the Bulldogs, 1-0, in the WAC Tournament championship match in Fresno. Earlier in 2011, the two teams tied 0-0 in double overtime in Logan. The win in the WAC Tournament final in 2011 was USU's first win in Fresno.
Fresno State is 5-7-1 overall and 2-2-0 in Mountain West action. After losing three-straight and four of five matches, the Bulldogs have rebounded with back-to-back wins against Nevada on Oct. 4 and UNLV on Oct. 6.
Morgan Castain is first on the team and second in the conference in points scored with eight goals and one assist for 17 points. She is one of only five Bulldogs to score a goal this season. Fresno State has had three different players see time in goal this year with Katie DeVault leading the way with 13 starts. She has allowed 14 of Fresno State's goals for a 1.14 goals against average. Both Castain and DeVault earned MW Player of the Week honors this week.
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 Robison's head broke the streak with a header in the 36th minute.
GAME WINNING GOALS - After missing four matches with an injury, senior forward Jennifer Flynn has returned with a vengeance. She has scored the game-winning goal in Utah State's last two wins against UNLV and Wyoming. In the victory against the Cowgirls, Flynn had half of the Aggies' 10 shots. The senior now leads the team in scoring with three goals and one assist for seven points. She is tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with junior defender Taryn Rose with two.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS - Utah State has been the heart attack kids this season with seven one-goal matches. USU is 5-2 in one-goal matches. USU's only win this season that wasn't a one-goal decision was the season-opener, 3-0, win against Creighton on Aug. 23. The Aggies have had four 1-0 matches and are 3-1 in those matches. The only loss came against Weber State on Sept. 22.
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 second week of conference action, San Diego State and New Mexico stand in first place with 3-0-0 records. Utah State and Boise State are tied for third with 2-1-0 records. Colorado State is the only team looking for its first win with an 0-4 MW record.
ON THE PITCH - After taking on both Fresno State, San José State will be the next opponent for the Aggies on Sunday, Oct. 13. The teams are very familiar with each other as rivals in the WAC. The Aggies hold a 5-2-2 record against the Spartans with both losses coming in San Jose in 2005 and 2010. The last time the team's met was in 2012 when USU edged out SJSU 1-0 at home.
This season, San José State is 2-10-0 overall and 1-3-0 in Mountain West action. They are tied for ninth in the MW standings with UNLV. The Spartans have wins against Pacific and UNLV at home this season. SJSU is 2-2 at home and 0-7 on the road. Lupita Estrada leads the team in scoring with four goals and one assist for nine points. She also has one goal in MW play. Overall SJSU has nine goals this season, while allowing 26. The Spartans have had two different players in goal this year with Zoe Makrigiannis playing in seven matches and Sarah Peplinski playing in eight.
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 12 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 tied for second in the Mountain West in saves (58). She is also second in shutouts (5) and saves per game (4.83). She is also fourth in the MW in goals against average (1.12). Junior defender Taryn Rose and senior forward Jennifer Flynn are ninth in the league in goals scored with three.
As a team, Utah State is tied for third in goals scored with 15 and sixth in points with 38. Wyoming leads the MW in points scored with 53.
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 and a 1-0 win over Wyoming on Oct. 6.
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 - A goal in the 52nd minute by senior forward Jennifer Flynn fueled Utah State soccer's 1-0 win over Wyoming Sunday afternoon at a sun-bathed Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.
The win was the Aggies' second in a row, improving to 6-4-2 overall and 2-1 in Mountain West Conference action. Wyoming suffered its second-straight loss and the seventh time in the last eight matches in falling to 4-8-1 overall and 1-2 in MW play. Sunday's win evens the series between the Aggies and Cowgirls at 3-3-2, breaking through from a pair of ties in the previous two meetings. In the eight overall meetings between USU and UW, there have been four one-goal match-ups and two ties.
The win was generated by the lone goal of the day off of a beautiful play by the Aggies, with junior midfielder Lexie Morgan playing a long pass through the Wyoming defense to Flynn, who dribbled around and through the last of the Cowgirls' defense and past goalkeeper Alex Boehm and firing from 14-yards out and depositing the ball inside the left post and into the net.
Flynn's goal was her third of the season, tying teammate junior defender Taryn Rose for the team lead, while Flynn now tops the team with seven points. Morgan tallied her second assist of the season, and now has four points, tying for third on the team.
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 109-82-27 (.562) record passing former head coach Stacy Enos (1996-2000) who went 26-59 (.306) in five seasons with the Aggies.