Oct. 25, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State soccer returns to the friendly confines of the Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field to open its final three-match homestand, beginning with Hawai'i on Friday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.
The Aggies are 2-0 vs. Hawai'i, winning 2-1 the last two seasons, playing in Honolulu last season and in Logan in 2005. Last year's match was postponed a day because of on earthquake.
Entering this week's action, the Aggies have a 6-10 overall record and a 2-2 conference mark. Utah State split its two contests last week against conference foes, beating Nevada, 2-0, at Reno on Friday and falling at Fresno State, 1-0, on Sunday.
Freshman forward Lauren Hansen netted this first goal against Nevada on Friday, while junior Candice Clark added an assist on the first goal and scored the second goal. Sophomore midfielder Alysa Adams stepped in for sophomore defender Linsey Smart, who received 10 stitches after colliding with a Nevada player. Adams gave an assist to Clark's goal.
Senior forward Dana Peart leads Utah State with 12 points on five goals and two assists, along with two game-winning goals. Hansen follows with five goals on the season for 10 points. Six other Aggies have scored goals this season, including senior midfielder Abby Hunt, junior forward Candice Clark, junior defender Alyssa Lowry, sophomore midfielder Alysa Adams, and sophomore forward Erin Salmon and sophomore defender Sydne Porter. Peart leads the team with 46 shots, including 25 on goal. Peart and Hansen are tied for fifth in the WAC in goals, while Peart is third in the WAC in shots with 46.
Between the pipes, junior goalkeeper Ali Griffin has tallied 55 saves on the year, including a season-high eight in the loss against Oregon. Griffin has a 1.23 goals against average and a .753 save percentage along with five shutouts. Griffin is tied for second in the WAC in shutouts. She is also fourth in the league in saves and gaa.
The Rainbow Wahine are 10-3-2 overall and 3-0-0 in conference action. Hawai'i won 1-0 at San Jose State on Sunday. The Rainbow Wahine have won their last three matches and have not lost a match since Oct. 4. UH is 9-0-1 at home this season and is 1-3-1 on the road.
Junior forward Taryn Fukuroku leads Hawai'i with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. Fukuroku is second in the WAC in points and is tied for second in the league in goals and assists. She had the lone goal in Hawai'i's 1-0 shutout against San Jose State.
Sophomore forward Ambree Ako has 20 points off eight goals and four assists, while senior midfielder Jessica Domingo has a team-leading and a league-leading eight assists. Ako and Domingo tallied an assist in Sunday's win.
Junior goalkeeper Kori Lui has made 41 saves while yielding 12 goals and posting a 0.99 gaa and a .774 save percentage, while recording three shutouts. Lu is second in the conference in gaa, third in save percentage and seventh in saves.
Hawai'i returned 18 letterwinners amongst 10 starters from the 2006 squad that went 8-11-2 and 2-5-0 for sixth place in the WAC.
Counting the exhibition match on Aug. 18, Utah State has nine home matches this season. Since moving to the Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field in 2002, the Aggies have gone 22-17-9 at home. In the two years prior to their move to Bell Field, the Aggies were just 6-12 at home. They have gone 9-3-3 against conference opponents since bedding down at Bell Field.
The Aggies host San Jose State on Sunday at Noon. Utah State plays its final home and regular season match on Saturday, Nov. 3 against Louisiana Tech. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field.
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