Audrey Gibb and the Utes open the season on the road this weekend
Aug. 18, 2014
Match-up: Utah at Oral Roberts
Date: Friday, Aug. 22
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Location: Tulsa, Okla.
Match-up: Utah at Oklahoma
Date: Sunday, Aug. 24
Kickoff: 1 p.m. CT
Location: Norman, Okla.
News and Notes
This Week's Action
The University of Utah soccer team kicks off the regular season Friday night at Oral Roberts and then travels to Norman for a contest at Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon.
Luke was chosen after being named second team all-Pac-12 and earning two conference Defensive Player of the Week awards. After being on the league's all-freshman team last year, Luke set the Utah single-season shutout mark this year with nine blankings. She finished with a goals-against average of 0.57, 19th in the nation and her save percentage (.894) ranked fifth nationally.
Taylor started every game for the Utes and led the team in goals and points, helping them to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 and sixth time overall. She not only scored the game-winning goal against local rival Southern Utah but also the dramatic overtime decider at Washington State.
Trabert started every game at center back for Utah last season and had a knack for scoring in big games. She notched a pair in a win at Washington State and then again in the regular-season finale, a triumph over Colorado.
Hall started 16 games for Utah and finished second on the team in scoring with 11 points. That total was buoyed by her team-high five assists. The junior also scored three goals this season, none bigger than the tally against No. 2 UCLA that earned the Utes a draw.
Rigby missed almost all of 2012 due to injury but battled back and played in every contest for the Utes in 2013. The defensive-minded Rigby notched her first collegiate goal in dramatic fashion by scoring the game-winner against Oregon.
Utah Individual Rankings
Katie Taylor led the Utes with 13 points for the season. The senior tied for the team lead in goals with five and also tied for third on the team in assists. Senior Ashton Hall led the team with five assists.
Trabert's two goals against Washington State marked the first multi-goal game for a Utah player since the team joined the Pac-12 (Erin Dailey, TCU, 2010). Slattery's three game-winning goals were the most by a Ute.
Utah's New Class
The Utes added nine newcomers to the team for the 2014 season including six true freshmen; Tamaryn Braun, Madi Clarkson, Mariah Elmer, July Gentry, Janie Kearl and Natalie Vukic. Utah also brought in three transfers; Mikayla Elmer, Mariah's sister, from Portland, Audrey Gibb from Oregon State and Addie Jensen from Columbia University.
Scouting this Weekend's Opposition
Oklahoma is led by sophomore midfielder Jemma Cota who started 17 games as a true freshman for the Sooners. The Gilbert, Ariz., native is a member of the Mexican National Team system and was an All-Freshman selection by the Big 12 Conference last year.
Oral Roberts' 15 wins last season set a new program record as the Eagles make the switch back to the Summit League from the Southland Conference. ORU returns a first-team all-conference performer in junior defender Kaily Cox as well as three- second-team choices in senior forward Megan Giles, junior midfielder Kayla Keller and junior goalkeeper Maddie Rhodes.
Utah has never played Oral Roberts and is 2-0-0 against Summit League foes (Denver). The Utes and Oklahoma played to a 1-1 draw last season in Salt Lake City. Avery Jenkins scored the equalizer for Utah in its first game against the Sooners. Utah is 9-5-1 all-time against Big 12 opponents.
Nine Utah Games to be Televised Live on Pac-12 Networks
Nine of the University of Utah soccer team's 2014 matches will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Four of those matches will be home contests at Ute Field, including the Pac-12 opener against perennial power Stanford on Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. MT. Additional Utah matches to be carried on Pac-12 Networks are home contests against BYU (Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. MT), Arizona (Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. MT) and Arizona State (Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. MT).
Five Utah road matches will be televised as well, including contests at defending national champion UCLA (Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. PT), USC (Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. PT), Oregon (Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. PT), California (Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. PT) and Colorado in the regular-season finale (Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. MT).
The nine televised contests are the most for the Utes since joining the Pac-12 Conference. Utah was on television seven times during its inaugural campaign in 2012 and six times during its NCAA Tournament run last season.
UCLA was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2014 regular season Pac-12 title. The 2013 National Champions collected 121 points and 11-of-12 possible first-place votes. Stanford was a close second, tallying 110 points
Behind them were California (91), USC (83), Colorado (78), Washington State (69), Utah (67), Arizona State and Washington, (51), Arizona (33), Oregon (22) and Oregon State (16).
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