Sophomore forward Jill Robison and the rest of the Utes hope to carry their solid play at home on the road for two games this week. Robison struck the game-winning goal against BYU on Saturday.
Aug. 27, 2012
Utes Off to Best Start Since 2009
At 2-0-1 through its first three games, Utah is off to its best start since 2009. The Utes began that season with four consecutive victories en route to a No. 21 national ranking, including a win against No. 19-ranked Santa Clara.
Protecting Their Turf
Utah is unbeaten and has yet to concede a goal in two games at Ute Field this season. Over the last two seasons, Utah is 10-2 at home and has currently won three consecutive home matches and 10 of its last 11. Since dropping the 2011 home opener, Utah's only home loss came in overtime to No. 6 UCLA, 1-0.
Utah has outscored its opponents 5-0 at Ute Field this year. The Utes have now posted six shutouts at home over the last two seasons.
Utes Get Defensive
Utah has allowed only one goal on the season and none in regulation time. The only goal give up by the Utes was an overtime strike in a 1-0 loss to Utah State on neutral soil in the season opener. Utah's team goals-against-average stands at just 0.33 with a .917 save percentage.
Utah Secures First Win Against BYU Since 2007, Sets Home Attendance Record
Utah took down BYU Saturday by a 1-0 score in front of a home-record crowd of 2,364. Sophomore forward Jill Robison netted the game-winning goal in the 30th minute of play on a 22-yard strike after she stripped the ball from a BYU defender. It was the first time Utah had beaten the Cougars since Oct. 13, 2007, when the Utes posted a 1-0 win in Provo, and the first time Utah had beaten its rival at home since Oct. 7, 2006, by the same score. It was the first loss of the season for BYU, who was recieving votes in the NSCAA Coaches Poll, and the first time the Cougars had been held scoreless this year.
Luke Shines in Goal After Mulcock Suffers Injury
Redshirt freshman Lindsey Luke was called in to replace junior Cheyanne Mulcock in goal after Mulcock suffered a knee injury early in the game. Luke, a redshirt freshman transfer from Wake Forest, seized the moment in her first collegiate game and made six saves, preserving the shutout and earning the victory in her first match in more than one year.
Mulcock had started all three games in net for the Utes this season, allowing only one goal while making five saves and earning a shutout against Southern Utah. She was credited with one save and a shared shutout against BYU.
Scouting this Weekend's Opposition
Colorado College Tigers
Colorado College is unbeaten at 1-0-2 on the season. In their last action, the Tigers posted a 2-2 draw with Northern Colorado. Despite grabbing a 2-0 lead on the road, the Tigers surrendered two second-half goals to UNC and finished in a draw.
Three different players have each scored once for the Tigers this season, with sophomore midfielder Jessie Ayers also tallying an assist to lead the team with three points. Senior forward Brittney Lyman and junior forward Lynn Froetscher have each scored once as well.
Freshman goalkeeper Kate Scheele has gotten the call between the pipes for the Tigers, allowing only two goals and making 10 saves, for a goals-against-average of 0.58 and a .833 save percentage. She has posted two shutouts on the season, including a 1-0 win against Denver and a 0-0 draw with Colorado.
Colorado College is coached by Geoff Bennett, now in his ninth season at the helm. He has amassed a record of 85-52-22 with the Tigers.
Weber State Wildcats
Weber State is still searching for its first goal of the season after suffering a pair of shutouts on the road to open the season. The Wildcats dropped a 3-0 contest at Tulsa, but fought back with a tough match at No. 5-ranked Oklahoma State, ultimately losing 1-0.
Freshman midfielder Chansi Crompton has been the Wildcats most dangerous player, taking three shots and putting two on frame. Ryann Waldman has played both games in goal for Weber State, allowing four goals and making 11 saves for a GAA of 2.00 to go with a .733 save percentage.
The Wildcats are coached by Tim Crompton, who holds a 62-79-16 record in nine years at the helm.
The Utes are 0-2 all-time against Colorado College, having lost once on each team's home field. In fact, Utah has never scored against the Tigers. In their last meeting, CC shut out the U., 3-0, at Ute Field in 2010. In their only previous match-up, Utah suffered a 5-0 loss at Colorado College in the Utes' first year of soccer, 1995.
Utah is 8-3-0 all-time against Weber State, including a 4-1 record on the Wildcats' home turf. The Utes have won the last two meetings, including a 1-0 shutout at Ute Field last year and a 3-2 slugfest in Ogden in 2010. Weber State's last win against Utah came in a 1-0 shutout at Ute Field in 2009. The Wildcats' only home win against Utah came in 1998.
Fans can listen to a live audio stream of all Utah women's soccer home games, with play-by-play from Gavin McCallister. The Utes will also have a special broadcast from the road as McCallister comes to you live from Wildcat Soccer Field in Ogden on Saturday. The live stream can be accessed at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/utah.portal#.
Nielsen Posts Best Game By A Ute Freshman Since 2007
With a pair of goals against Southern Utah last week, freshman forward Baylee Nielsen became the first true freshman at Utah to score multiple goals in a game since Lauren Hair scored twice vs. Utah Valley on Oct. 3, 2007. It was also the first time that any Ute logged a multiple-goal game since Erin Dalley netted two goals at TCU on Oct. 16, 2010. Nielsen also added an assist to total five points in the match, the most points in a single game by a Utah freshman since Hair did the same in the aforementioned match against Utah Valley. It was also the most points in a game by any Ute since Kelly Isleib tallied five against UVU on Aug. 21, 2009.
Upcoming TV Games...
The Utes will appear live on the Pac-12 Network six more times this year. Upcoming televised games include: Sept. 28 vs. Washington State, Oct. 5 vs. Stanford, Oct. 12 vs. Oregon, Oct. 19 at USC, Oct. 25 at Arizona State and Nov. 2 at Colorado.
In Salt Lake City, Pac-12 Networks is carried on Comcast. Pac-12 Mountain is ch. 37, the national Pac-12 Network is ch. 410 and Pac-12 Mountain HD is ch. 757.
Defending NCAA champion Stanford was the clear preseason favorite in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll, leading the voting with 120 points and receiving 10 out of 12 first-place votes. The rest of the field, in order: 2. UCLA (111); 3. California (93); 4. Oregon State (86); 5. Washington (75); 6. Arizona State (70); 7. USC (66); t8. Utah (49); t8. Washington State (49); 10. Oregon (36); 11. Colorado (25); 12. Arizona (12).
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