USU Soccer Concludes Road Trip at Colorado State Friday
Oct. 14, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - KICKING OFF - Utah State (7-5-2, 3-2-0 MW) concludes its season-high, three-match road trip this week in Fort Collins against Colorado State on Friday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. So far on the road trip, the Aggies are 1-1 with an overtime loss to Fresno State and a win against San Jose State. The match against the Rams will be the final regular-season road match of the season.
SERIES HISTORY VS. COLORADO STATE - Colorado State and Utah State are both newcomers to the Mountain West Conference, but for different reasons. This is the first season that the Rams have fielded a soccer team, whereas the Aggies have begun their first season in the MW after eight in the Western Athletic Conference.
In its inaugural season, the Rams are 2-9-2 overall and 1-5-0 in league play. Colorado State earned its firs win over a Division I opponent last week with a 1-0 win over Nevada in Reno on Oct. 11. CSU's other losses in MW play came against Air Force in overtime, Wyoming, San Diego State, New Mexico and UNLV.
CSU has scored six goals this season with is tied for 10th with Air Force. The Rams have 17 total points which is also tied for 10th with the Falcons. Colorado State has allowed 25 goals this season in 13 matches. Goalkeeper Maggie Sherman is ninth in the league in goals against average with a 1.51 goals against average. Sherman is also 10th in save percentage (.704).
SUNDAY STARS - Three of Utah State's seven wins have come on Sundays. All three of the Utah State's three Mountain West wins have come on Sundays, including wins against San Jose State, Wyoming and UNLV. Senior forward Jennifer Flynn is the leader of the Sunday Superstars who has three goals on Sundays this season.
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 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 and junior midfielder Kylie Dibb with two.
FINDING THE STARTING 11 - Sixteen people have started at least one match this season for the Aggies. Only five players have started all 14 matches in senior Mari Miyashiro and Jessica Hoskin-Killpack and juniors Lexie Morgan and Taryn Rose and Brooke Larsen-Leavitt. There are eight different players who have played in all 14 matches so far this season. Senior Jennifer Flynn has started the last five after missing the first four matches of the season with injury.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS - Utah State has been the heart attack kids this season with eight one-goal matches. USU is 5-3 in one-goal matches. USU's only wins this season that wasn't a one-goal decision was the season-opener, 3-0, win against Creighton on Aug. 23 and a 2-0 win against San Jose State on Oct. 13. The Aggies have had five 1-0 matches and are 3-2 in those matches. The only losses came against Weber State on Sept. 22 and Fresno State on Oct. 13.
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: 0-1-0AT THE HALF WAY POINT - After the third week of conference action, the standings are tightening up. San Diego State suffered its first conference loss but still holds the top spot with a 4-1-0 record, while Fresno State has won four-straight to hold a 4-2-0 mark. New Mexico also holds a 4-1-0 record as the three share first place with 12 points. Utah State is tied with Boise State and Wyoming with 3-2-0 records and a total of nine points. UNLV and Nevada are tied for seventh with 2-3-0 records and six points, while Air Force, Colorado State and San José State are tied for ninth with three points apiece. The top eight teams advance to the Mountain West Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., Nov. 4-9.
ON THE PITCH - Utah State has just one match this week on the road against Colorado State. The Aggies will then return home to close out the regular season with four home matches. One of those matches will be against Air Force in a rescheduled match. The date has yet to be determined.
On Friday, Oct. 25, the Aggies will take on New Mexico at 3 p.m. The Lobos and the Aggies have never met. New Mexico is currently 6-8-1 overall and 4-1-0 in MW play for 12 points. UNM goalkeeper Cassie Ulrich is second in the league in goals against average with a stellar 0.90 GAA. Dylann O'Connor is seventh in the conference in points 11 off of four goals and three assists.
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 14 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, Roundy 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. Flynn became the first Aggie to four goals with a goal against SJSU on Oct. 13, while Rose and Dibb both have a trio goals.
AROUND THE LEAGUE - Sophomore goalkeeper Jeannie Woller is third in the Mountain West in saves (65). She is also tied for third in shutouts (5) and first in saves per game (5.00). She is also sixth in the MW in goals against average (1.11). Senior forward Jennifer Flynn is tied for eighth in points with nine and tied for sixth in goals with four..
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 15 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 -Two second-half goals propelled the Utah State soccer team to a crucial, 2-0, road win against San José State Sunday at Spartan Stadium.
USU got back on track after falling in a tough, 1-0, battle with Fresno State on Friday. USU is now 7-5-2 overall and 3-2-0 in Mountain West play. San José State has a 2-12-0 overall mark and a 1-5-0 MW record. The Aggies improve to 6-2-2 against SJSU with the only 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.
Redshirt-freshman Natalie Stoven made her first career start in goal for the Aggies against the Spartans. Stoven made her first collegiate save in the 33rd minute off a shot from San José State's Cheryl Kute. Utah State now has six shutouts this season.
It wouldn't take long for the Aggie offense to kick it into high gear in the second half. Just over a minute into the half, junior midfielder Lexie Morgan fired a shot that went just wide. Senior defender Taryn Rose followed with a shot from the top of the box that was saved by SJSU keeper Zoe Makgriannis.
Junior midfielder Kylie Dibb gave the Aggies the early second half advantage with her third goal of the season in the 55th minute. Senior forward Lauren Roundy dribbled in from the sideline for 10 yards before delivering the ball to Dibb for the Aggies' first goal of the day.
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 110-83-27 (.561) record passing former head coach Stacy Enos (1996-2000) who went 26-59 (.306) in five seasons with the Aggies.