Aggie Soccer Closes Out Regular Season at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 27, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - ON THE PITCH-The Aggies conclude the regular season against Louisiana Tech on Friday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. Last time out, Louisiana Tech lost to Hawai`i, 4-2 on Sunday, Oct. 26. The Lady Techsters are still in search of their first WAC win. Louisiana Tech fell to 0-2-4 in conference play and 10-4-5 overall. After giving up a penalty kick, UH trailed 2-1 at the break. In the second half, UH turned on the offense. Just 10 seconds into the second half, Louisiana Tech was called for a foul in the box, leading to a UH penalty kick. Ambree Ako scored the goal, tying the game 2-2. The goal was the fastest second half goal in school history. The two teams remained tied until the 63rd minute, when Rachel Domingo scored her first career goal off an assist by Taryn Fukuroku. The Aggies are 3-0 against the Lady Techsters. The two teams had not met until Utah State joined the WAC in 2005.
WAC CHAMPIONS-With road wins last week against Hawai`i and San Jose State, the Aggies captured their first ever WAC regular-season champions and earned the top seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament in Reno, Nev. As the WAC champions, the Aggies are the No. 1 seed in the tournament, thus earning a first-round bye.
GAMETRACKER-Fans can follow all the Aggie home games through the USU web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
ON THE WEB-The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its Web site partner JumpTV Sports, has announced it will stream all of the matches of the 2008 WAC Soccer Tournament. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.
The soccer tournament will be held in Reno, Nevada, Nov. 6-9, and will feature the top six teams in the WAC. Two first round matches will be played on Thursday, Nov. 6 with the winners moving on to face the top two seeds in the semifinals the next day. The championship will be played at 1:00 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, Nov. 9.
All five matches can be seen on WAC.tv by accessing the soccer tournament package for a one-time price of $10.95.
More information and how to subscribe to these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv .
STARTING STRONG-Utah State began its fourth season in the Western Athletic Conference on Oct. 10 against Idaho. The Aggies are now 6-0 in WAC openers after its 4-0 win against the Vandals. This is the second-straight season that the Aggies have started WAC play with the Vandals. Last season, Utah State defeated Idaho, 4-0. In 2005 and 2006, the Aggies defeated Louisiana Tech to begin conference play. In 2005, Utah State won 2-1 in Logan, while the Aggies won 2-0 in 2006 in Ruston.
RECORD-SETTING WEEKEND-Utah State's successful weekend set several records. With the two wins, the Aggies now boast the very lucky record of 11-7-1, 6-0 in conference action. The Aggies broke two school records for the most wins in a season with 11 and the most conference wins with six. The most overall matches a USU team had won was 10 (2003, 2006, 2007), while the most league matches won by an Aggie team was five (2006 and 2007).
SPREADING THE WEALTH-The Aggies have had several players involved in scoring this season. Only four players have scored at least three goals, Lauren Hansen (6), Erin Salmon (3), Candice Clark (5) and Shantel Flanary (5). Eleven different players have had an assist and three different players have three or more, Lindsey Smart (5), Lauren Hansen (3) and Sydne Porter (3).
ALL GROWN UP-Utah State's "baby Aggies" seem to have all grown up. Against Idaho, all four goals were scored by freshmen. Shantel Flanary scored her third and fourth goals, respectively. Summer Tillotson scored the game winning goal which was her second game winner of the season, and Marissa Sanchez scored her first collegiate goal. Five different newcomers have scored a point for the Aggies this season. Chandra Salmon joined the scoring barrage with her first goal of the season against San Jose State on Oct. 26.
Home Sweet Home-Utah State closed out its home schedule with a 1-0 win over Fresno State on Oct. 19. The Aggies ended their home season 7-2-1, including a perfect 4-0-0 record in home WAC matches. Last season, USU was 5-3 at home and 3-1 at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field in WAC matches.
FAB FIVE-There are only five Aggies that have played in every match this season: seniors Alyssa Lowry and Jessie Malaska, juniors Lindsey Smart and Sydne Porter and sophomore Stefani Shiozaki. There are only three players who have played at least 1,500 minutes, Ali Griffin, Smart, Porter and Lowry. The tough as nails Lowry has played 1,694 minutes this season for the Aggies of the total 1,750 minutes possible this season. Lowry has not missed a start since her freshman season.
SMART BECOMES ALL-TIME ASSIST LEADER-Junior Lindsey Smart had a stellar match against San Jose State on Oct. 26. She ended the match with a hat trick of sorts. With the three assists, Smart broke the Aggie all-time record for assists with 13. With three goals last week, senior forward Candice Clark is also rising the charts. Clark tied Aggie great Charity Weston for sixth all-time in career goals with 14. Sophomore forward Lauren Hansen is sixth all time in points scored with 35. Hansen is also fourth in goals scored with 16.
GRIFFIN MAKES HISTORY-Senior goalkeeper Ali Griffin became the all-time leader in minutes in net with 5,256.36. She became the all-time saves leader passing Megan Mills (2001-04) who had 5,196 minutes. She is second in saves behind all-time saves leader Mills who had 273 saves. Griffin currently has 230 saves. Griffin is also still first in shutouts with 20 after five shutouts this season.
FIRST TIME-Freshman goalkeeper Molli Merrill made her first collegiate start against UTEP on Sept. 14. The Bountiful, Utah, native had played 90 minutes total prior to her start against the Miners. Merrill played the second half in both the Oregon and Oregon State matches. After allowing an early first-half goal, Merrill settled down not allowing a goal the rest of the match. Merrill has seven saves and an 0.50 goals against average. AGAINST THE GEM STATE-The Aggies are 21-7 against teams from the Gem State, including Boise State, Idaho and Idaho State. Utah State is 5-4 against the Bengals, having already lost to ISU 2-1 in overtime to open the 2008 season. The Aggies defeated both Idaho and Boise State last week. Utah State now holds a 6-3 record against the Broncos. Last season, the Aggies fell to the Broncos, 2-1 in Logan. Utah State had won the two previous meeting before. USU holds an impressive 9-1 record against the Vandals, including all three meetings since joining the WAC in 2005. The Aggies only loss to Idaho came in the Big West Tournament in 2002 when the Vandals captured a 3-2 double overtime victory.
AGGIE INFORMATION-Sophomore Lauren Hansen leads the team in points scored with 15 off of six goals and three assists... Junior Andrea Seledee scored her first goal as an Aggie in USU's 1-0 win over Fresno State... Freshman Marissa scored her first collegiate goal in the Aggies win over Idaho and added a second goal in the 4-3 win over Nevada... Both junior transfer Andrea Seledee and freshman Summer Tillotson got their first assists against UTSA on Sept. 18... Junior Sydne Porter had two assists in the wins against Boise State and Idaho... Freshman midfielder Chandra Salmon earned her first collegiate point with an assist in the win against UTEP and her first goal against San Jose State... Freshman defender Summer Tillotson scored her first collegiate goal off a penalty kick in the Aggies' win over Wyoming on Sept. 28... Her brother was a member of the Utah State basketball team, while her dad played football for the Aggies... In the win against UNC, four different Aggies earned at least one point with Flanary, Clark and Lauren Hansen scoring goals and Flanary and Lindsey Smart adding assists.
FISHY SITUATION-Things are getting awfully fishy for the Aggies. Junior Erin Salmon scored the first goal of the season for Utah State off the dish from sophomore Heather Pond. To add to the underwater element, freshman midfielder Chandra Salmon has now started 18 of the Aggies first 19 matches. Both Salmon's had a fin so to speak in the Aggies, 2-1, win over UTEP. Erin Salmon scored the game-winning goal for her second goal of the season. Chandra Salmon had her first collegiate assist with her pass to Lauren Hansen to tie the score 1-1. Erin Salmon proved once again to be one of the fastest in the pond by scoring her third goal of the season in the Aggies' win over Wyoming. Against San Jose State, the aquatic duo of Chandra Salmon and Heather Pond were both in action scoring their first goals of the season.
THE COACH-Entering her sixth 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 five plus seasons at the helm of the Aggies, Cairns has compiled a 54-53-10 record passing former head coach Stacy Enos (1996-2000) who went 26-59 (.306) in five seasons with the Aggies. Cairns' teams have also recorded a school record 36 shutouts in the last five seasons. USU recorded a total of just 16 shutouts in the six years prior to Cairns' appointment as head coach.
NOTHING BUT ZEROES-There have been 12 shutouts in Utah State matches this season. Senior goalkeeper Ali Griffin has five shutouts this season, including the 0-0 tie against Texas State. The Aggies also have a team shutout in the 4-0 win over Idaho when Griffin and senior Lisa Willardson both saw action. In turn, the Aggies have been shut out six times: three at home (Texas State, BYU and Long Beach State) and three on the road (Oregon , Utah and Cal Poly).
WACTASTIC-Utah State will play 11 teams this season who are currently or have been members of the Western Athletic Conference. Utah, Wyoming and BYU were members of the WAC through 1998. UTEP was a WAC school through the 2004-05 school year. USU will also take on the seven WAC schools that sponsor women's soccer (Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai`i, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada and San Jose State). So far this season, the Aggies are 8-2 against former or current WAC teams with wins over UTEP and Wyoming and losses to Utah and BYU, and a 6-0 record against current WAC teams (Idaho, Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State).
2-USU opponents on the 2008 schedule that played in last year's NCAA Tournament, including BYU and Hawai`i.
3-The number of assists that junior Lindsey Smart had in the Aggies win against San Jose State.
4-Where sophomore Lauren Hansen stands in the WAC in goals scored with five.
7-The number of season-high saves that Ali Griffin had against BYU on Oct. 2.
9-The number of brothers and sisters Aggie freshman Shantel Flanary has.
10A-The number of freshmen the young Aggie team has on the roster this season.
11-The number of USU players to have scored a goal this season, including Lauren Hansen who leads the team with six goals.
19-Players from the state of Utah on the roster.
34-Total number of career points by senior Candice Clark which makes her seventh on the all-time Aggie list.
80-The total number of points that the Aggies have scored this season off of 29 goals and 22 assists.
227-The number of shots that the Aggies have taken this season.
5,256-Career minutes Griffin has at goalkeeper to rank first on the career minutes list just passing Megan Mills (2001-04) who logged 5,196 minutes.