Sophomore forward Jill Robison scored her second game-winning goal of the season in Utah's 1-0 win against Texas last weekend.
Match Info - Game 7 vs. Portland State
Match-up: Utah (4-1-1) vs. Portland State(1-4-1)
Date: Friday, Sept. 14
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. MT
Location: Boise, Idaho - Boas Tennis/Soccer Complex
Match Info - Game 8 at Boise State
Match-up: Utah (4-1-1) at Boise State(3-5-0)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 16
Kickoff: 2 p.m. MT
Location: Boise, Idaho - Boas Tennis/Soccer Complex
This Week's Action
The University of Utah women's soccer team (4-1-1) heads to Boise State's Soccer Etc./Nike Classic this weekend for two games. The Utes will first face Portland State (1-4-1) Friday at 3:30 p.m. MT. Utah will then take on the host Broncos (3-5-0) at 2 p.m. MT on Sunday.
Utah is unbeaten all-time against both of this weekend's opponents, with a combined 7-0 record against these two teams. Utah holds a 3-0 mark against Portland State and has never conceded a goal to the Vikings, outscoring them 10-0. The two schools have not met since 1998, when Utah claimed a 4-0 victory in Salt Lake City. Previously, Utah won by margins of 4-0 in 1996 and 2-0 in 1995.
Utah holds a 4-0 record against Boise State, including a 3-0 record at home and 1-0 mark on the Broncos' home field. Their last match-up was a 3-1 Ute victory at home in 2007, preceded by a 3-0 shutout in their only contest in Boise, in 2006. Utah has outscored the Broncos 13-2 in their four previous meetings.
Utes Off to Best Start Since 2005
At 4-1-1 through its first six games, Utah is off to its best start since 2005. The Utes began that season with a 6-0 mark. Utah went on to win the Mountain West Conference regular-season title that year and make its fourth-consecutive NCAA appearance.
With nine goals in six games, Utah has posted its best offensive start to a season since 2009. It took the Utes nine games to score nine goals last season and 17games to tally nine goals in 2010.
Utes Rank Among Pac-12's Best Defenses Through Six Games
Utah has allowed just three goals on the season for a team goals-against-average of just 0.48 with an .889 save percentage, each of which ranks third in the Pac-12 Conference. The Utes are tied for second in the league with four shutouts.
Utah's four shutouts mark its best defensive start to a season since 2005, when the Utes also posted four clean sheets in the first six games. Utah has nearly matched its 2011 season total of five shutouts.
Utes Protecting Their Turf
Utah is unbeaten and has yet to concede a goal in three games at Ute Field this season, outscoring its opponents 6-0. Over the last two seasons, Utah is 11-2 at home, has won four consecutive home matches and 11 of its last 12. Since dropping the 2011 home opener, Utah's only home loss came in overtime to No. 6 UCLA, 1-0.
The Utes have now posted seven shutouts at home over the last two seasons.
Six Different Utes Find the Back of the Net in 2012
Utah has had six different players score goals this season: sophomore midfielder Avery Ford, sophomore forward Jill Robison and freshman forward Baylee Nielsen and have each scored twice, while junior defender Jenny Hutton, junior midfielder Harley Spier and junior forward Allie Wisner have each scored once. Nielsen, Hutton and Wisner all scored their first career goals this season, while Robison (2), Ford and Wisner have each tallied game-winning goals.
Luke Earns Second Consecutive Shutout
Redshirt freshman Lindsey Luke has been excellent in the Utah goal since replacing injured starter Cheyanne Mulcock in the BYU game. Luke picked up her second consecutive solo shutout in Saturday's 1-0 victory against Texas. Her first solo shutout came in the 1-0 win at Weber State. Luke also combined with Mulcock for a 1-0 shutout against BYU. She has racked up 19 saves in four games and allowed just two goals, both coming in a 2-2 draw on the road at Colorado College.
Luke is ranked second in the Pac-12 in saves per game (4.75), third in GAA (0.49), third in save percentage (.905) and tied for fifth in solo shutouts (2) and saves (19).
Scouting this Weekend's Opposition
Portland State Vikings
Portland State is 1-4-1 on the season but is unbeaten in its last two games, both of which went to double-overtime. Last weekend the Vikings tied with Utah State, 0-0, then picked up its first victory of the season by taking down Boise State, 2-1. Both games were played at home.
Three players have each scored once this year for the Vikings, including Cori Bianchini, Kayla Henningsen and Daniela Solis, who netted the game winner against Boise State. Carlie Martin is credited with the team's only assist thus far.
Defensively, Lainey Hulsizer has played the majority of time in net, making 22 saves and allowing seven goals, for a GAA of 1.13 to go with a .759 save percentage.
Head coach Laura Schott directs the Vikings and owns a record of 33-38-13 in her fifth year at PSU.
Boise State Broncos
Boise State is 3-5-0 on the season after dropping both games at the Viking Classic last weekend. BSU is 3-1 at home this season and will host Nebraska-Omaha to open the Soccer Etc./Nike Classic on Friday before facing the Utes on Sunday.
The Boise State offense is led by Shannon Schueren, who has netted four goals on nine shots to go with two assists for a 10-point total. Katy Oehring has also scored twice, while five other Broncos have each scored once.
Maddy McDevitt has played every minute in goal for BSU, making 31 saves but allowing 17 goals. Her GAA stands at 2.04 to go with a .646 save percentage.
Boise State is directed by Steve Lucas, now in his 13th year as the Bronco head coach. He holds a 105-112-26 record.
Fans can listen to a live audio stream of all Utah women's soccer home games, with play-by-play from Gavin McCallister. The live stream can be accessed at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/utah.portal#.
Utah to Appear in Six Upcoming Live Televised 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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