Katie Taylor scored a pair of goals last weekend against Portland State and hopes to have continued scoring success as the Utes open Pac-12 play.
Sept. 17, 2012
This Week's Action
Seven-Match Unbeaten Streak on the Line This Weekend
Utah comes into this weekend carrying a seven-match unbeaten streak since dropping its season opener in overtime. Over that span, Utah is 3-0 at home, 1-0-2 on the road and 1-0 in neutral-site matches, while out-scoring its opponents 11-3 and posting five shutouts.
Utes Off to Best Start Since 2005
At 5-1-2 through its first eight games, Utah is off to its best start since 2005. The Utes began that season with a 6-2 mark. Utah went on to win the Mountain West Conference regular-season title that year and make its fourth consecutive NCAA appearance.
With 12 goals in eight games, Utah has posted its best offensive start to a season since 2009. It took the Utes 10 games to score 12 goals last season and 17 games to tally 12 goals in 2010.
Utes Rank Among Pac-12's Best Defenses Through Eight Games
Utah has allowed just four goals on the season for a team goals-against-average of only 0.47 with an .879 save percentage, ranking third and fourth in the Pac-12, respectively. The Utes are tied for third in the league with five shutouts.
Utah's five shutouts mark its best defensive start to a season in team history. The Utes have alrady matched their 2011 season total of five shutouts.
Marked Improvement on the Road
The Utes have shown tremendous improvement in their results away from home this season, posting a record of 2-1-2 away from Ute Field, going 1-0-2 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral-site contests. Head coach Rich Manning and the Utes vowed to increase their focus and effort on the road this season after going just 1-7-1 in road games last year and 2-7-1 when including a neutral-site win.
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.
Eight Different Utes Find the Back of the Net in 2012
Utah has had eight different players score goals this season: sophomore midfielder Avery Ford, sophomore forward Jill Robison, sophomore forward Katie Taylor and freshman forward Baylee Nielsen and have each scored twice. Junior defender Jenny Hutton, junior midfielder Harley Spier, junior forward Allie Wisner and sophomore forward Ashton Hall have each scored once. Hall, Nielsen, Hutton and Wisner all scored their first career goals this season, while Robison (2), Ford, Taylor and Wisner have each tallied game-winning goals.
Luke Earns Third Consecutive Shutout
Redshirt freshman Lindsey Luke With Friday's win 2-0 win against Portland State, redshirt freshman Lindsey Luke became the first Utah goalkeeper to record three consecutive shutouts since Emalee Rogers did so in 2008.
Luke has been excellent in the Utah goal since replacing injured starter Cheyanne Mulcock in the BYU game. The shutout of Portland State was her third solo shutout of the year and fourth total as she combined with Mulcock for a 1-0 clean sheet against BYU. Luke has racked up 24 saves in five games and allowed just three goals, each of them coming in games that resulted in a draw on the road (2-2 at Colorado College, 1-1 at Boise State). Luke is still undefeated with a 4-0-2 mark on the year.
Luke is ranked second in the Pac-12 in goals-against-average (0.48), fourth in saves per game (4.00) and save percentage, tied for fifth in solo shutouts (3) and tied for sixth in total saves (24).
Scouting this Weekend's Opposition
Oregon State Beavers
OSU enters the game on a four-match win streak after posting back-to-back shutouts at home last weekend. The Beavers needed double overtime to beat Seattle on Sunday, 1-0, after topping Gonzaga by a 2-0 mark on Friday. OSU's only loss this season came at home to UC Irvine, 1-0.
The Beaver offense is led by Megan Miller, who owns team highs of three goals, four assists and 10 points. Jenna Ricahrdson and Jacy Drobney have each scored twice, while seven other players have scored once.
Defensively, Sammy Jo Prudhomme and Audrey Bernier-Larose have shared time in goal, with each posting very good numbers. Prudhomme is 3-0 with two shutouts and a GAA of just 0.33 to go with a .957 save percentage. Bernier-Larose is 5-1 with three shutouts and an equally impressive GAA of 0.48 with an .893 save percentage.
Utah is 1-2 all-time against Oregon State, including an 0-1 record in Corvallis. Utah won last year's match-up in thrilling fashion as the Utes took down the 18th-ranked Beavers, 1-0 in overtime. Erin Dalley scored the game winner on a header off a corner kick from Hall.
Listen Live to All Utah Home Games!
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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