Soccer Plays At Nevada On Friday
Oct. 18, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State soccer heads out on the road this weekend, facing Nevada on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. (MT). The Aggies take a 5-9 record and 1-1 conference mark into Friday's match, after defeating Idaho, 4-0, in the WAC conference opener last Friday and fell to Boise State, 2-1, on Sunday.
Senior forward Dana Peart leads Utah State with 12 points on five goals and two assists, along with two game-winning goals. Freshman forward Lauren Hansen follows Peart with four goals on the season for eight points. Hansen scored two goals in the 4-0 win against Idaho on Friday. Junior defender Alyssa Lowry scored her second goal of the season in the Friday's match, while junior forward Erin Salmon netted her first goal of the season in Friday's contest as well. Four other Aggies have scored goals this season, including senior midfielder Abby Hunt, junior forward Candice Clark, sophomore midfielder Alysa Adams and sophomore defender Sydne Porter. Peart leads the team with 46 shots, including 25 on goal. Peart is tied for second in the league in shots.
Between the pipes, junior goalkeeper Ali Griffin has tallied 47 saves on the year, including a season-high eight in the loss against Oregon. Griffin has a 1.41 goals against average and a .734 save percentage along with four shutouts. Griffin is third in the WAC in shutouts with four. She is also third in the league in saves.
The defending WAC Tournament champion and preseason favorite Wolf Pack are 4-7-1 overall and 0-2-0 in WAC action, falling to Hawai'i. 3-0, on Friday and San Jose State, 2-1, on Sunday.
Freshman midfielder Cristen Drummond leads Nevada with five goals and two assists for 12 points, ranking tied for fifth in the league in points and goals.
Junior forward Karen Zmirak has 12 points off four goals and four assists, ranking tied for fifth in the WAC in points and tied for ninth in goals.
Freshman goalkeeper Marie Cove has made 37 saves while allowing 15 goals and has a 1.35 GAA. She ranks fourth in the WAC in GAA and is tied for fourth in the league with three shutouts.
The Wolf Pack return eight starters and 12 letterwiners from the 2006 team that went 13-5-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the WAC to finish third in the conference. Nevada fell to then-No. 23 Stanford, 2-1, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Utah State has posted a 4-3 mark against Nevada, defeating the Wolfpack last season 2-0 in Logan during the regular season before UNR topped USU, 2-0, in the first round of the WAC Tournament at Reno. The Aggies fell, 2-1, in double OT in 2005, and, 1-0, in 2004, both at Reno. USU is 0-3 at Reno and 3-0 vs. the Wolf Pack at Logan, winning both matches by 4-0 scores in 2000 and 2003.
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The Aggies continue conference action on the road as they face off against Fresno State on Friday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. (MT) in Fresno, Calif.