Soccer End-of-Season Release (Nov. 4)
Nov. 4, 2002
LOGAN, Utah -
QUICKLY- Utah State soccer finished the season at 8-92 overall and 2-6-2 in the Big West... The Aggies' .475 overall winning percentage (8-9-3) was the best in the program's seven-year history... USU recorded a school-record five shutout wins in 2002... The Aggies closed out the 2002 season with two consecutive victories, just the second time that's happened since 1996, though USU has finished the season with a win four times in seven years.
BIG WEST STANDINGS- The Aggies won't officially know their place in the 2002 conference standings until Nov. 8, as UC Santa Barbara hosts Cal Poly and UC Riverside faces Cal State Fullerton Friday.
A TALE OF TWO SEASONS- From the time Big West Conference play began on Oct. 4, the Aggies were 2-6-1 (.278), their worst league record since 1997 (1-5, .167) when USU picked up its only win in its final match of the season. In contrast to the 4-13 record that season, though, USU started 2002 with a 6-3-2 (.636) record, the best start since USU began playing soccer in 1996.
GOOD LEAGUE DEFENSE-Four of USU's six conference losses were by one goal, including an overtime loss at UC Riverside. The Aggies are 17-38-1 all-time in the Big West, a winning percentage of .313.
OFFENSIVE-MINDED- For just the second time in seven years of play, Utah State scored more goals than it allowed. This season, the Aggies posted 37 goals, tying the number the team scored in 1999, and allowed 3. USU averaged 1.76 goals/match, while its opponents averaged 1.57.
TURNER CLOSED OUT CAREER IN STYLE- Senior Brigid Turner scored three goals at Idaho on Nov. 3, and led USU to its second league win of the year. Turner's hat trick was her second of the season (Southern Utah, Sept. 13), and the fourth of her career, the most of any Aggie in USU's seven-year history. Two other former players each scored three goals in a match once. Turner also set a new record for goals (15) and points (32) in a season. Turner's first goal, off an assist from Heather Arnell, came two minutes into the match. She scored again in the 26th minute and her final score of her college career came with just 16 seconds left in the match.
MILLS POSTED RECORD SEASON- Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Mills finished the year with a 1.61 goals allowed average, the best among keepers who played at least 500 minutes. She worked 1620 minutes in the net this year, the most of any goalkeeper in a single season at Utah State. She also set the USU single-season save record with 93 saves on the year, besting Tracy Brady's 82 in 2001. Mills has 122 career saves, third among career save leaders behind Mackenzie Hyer (1996-99) and Michaela Miller (1997-2000).
TEAM RECORDS- As a team, the Aggies bested three records this season: Record No. Old Record (Year) Assists 26 19 (1998) Points 100 89 (1999) Shutouts 5 3 (2001, 2000)
NEARLY A NEW TEAM RECORD-With 37 goals, USU tied the record for goals in a season, set in 1997.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?- In its first season at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field, USU was 3-3-3. The Aggies defeated Weber State, Eastern Washington and Southern Utah on their new field, but tied with Sacramento State, Portland State and UC Santa Barbara. Long Beach State, UC Irvine and Cal Poly each posted wins at the facility.
OVERTIME WASN'T KIND- Utah State's five overtime matches this season are the most the team has played in a year, and the Aggies were 0-2-3 record in those games. USU is 2-6-1 (.273) all-time in overtime matches.
AGGIES IN THE CAREER RECORD BOOKS- After this season, USU has five players holding down seven places in the career records: Career goals 2. Brigid Turner 32 3. Amber Tracy 14 5. Heather Arnell 7 Career assists 1T. Ally Clegg 7 Career points 2. Brigid Turner 69 3. Amber Tracy 33 Career Goals Against Average (GAA) (min. 1000 minutes) 1. Megan Mills 1.51
2002 SCHEDULE NOTES- In early season competition, USU was 3-1-2 against teams from the Big Sky Conference, 1-3 against the Mountain West, and 1-0 against both the WAC and Mid Continent... USU won its first-ever regular-season meeting with Southern Utah, 6-1.
SEASON RECORDS LISTS ARE CHANGING- Shaylee Hogge and Megan (Edge) Tanner each have four assists, tying them for second... Amber Tracy's six goals tie her for fifth among season goals... Tracy's 14 points are the fifth-best season at USU, and one shy of her career-best season (2001).
SENIORS LEAVE MARK- Besides Brigid Turner, seniors Jessica Ebner, Michelle Eversman, Lyndy Goodsell, Katie Lien and Megan (Edge) Tanner, as well as early graduate Lacey (Miles) Poulton left their mark on USU soccer this season. Ebner and Goodsell, both defenders, started each match they played (20 and 18, respectively) for USU this season. Eversman, who missed time with an ankle injury, played in 11 matches. Tanner posted her first goal since her freshman year, as she played in all 20 matches, and started 19.
RETURNING IN 2003- While the Aggies lose seven players, including five starters, next season, they return three of their top four goal scorers in Amber Tracy, Heather Arnell and Chanel Blaquiere. The three combined for a total of 14 goals and seven assists this season. Claire Schend, Charlsie Harris and Jessica Donelson, each of whom scored a goal, also return, as do assist leaders Shaylee Hogge (4) and Ally Clegg (3).
Goalkeepers Megan Mills and Amy Johnson also return for Utah State.