Sophomore Jill Robison has delivered two game-winning goals at Ute Field this season.
Sept. 24, 2012
This Week's Action
The University of Utah women's soccer team (5-2-2, 0-1-0 Pac-12) returns to Ute Field to kick off a run of five consecutive home games. The Utes will host Washington State (6-2-1, 0-0-1 Pac-12) Friday at 1 p.m., and the contest will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network. Utah will then take on Washington (7-2-1, 0-1-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Utah's Perfect Home Record on the Line This Weekend
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 posted seven shutouts at home over the last two seasons.
Utes Ranked No. 8 in Pacific Region
In last week's NSCAA Pacific Region rankings, Utah remained at No. 8 for the third consecutive week. Utah first entered the regional rankings at No. 10 on Aug. 28, following a 2-1 start with shutouts of Southern Utah (4-0) and BYU (1-0). Updated regional rankings will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
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, Ute Defense Look to Bounce Back at Home
Despite suffering a 2-0 loss at Oregon State on Friday, redshirt freshman Lindsey Luke has still put up some eye-popping numbers in the Utah goal. Luke has racked up 27 saves in six games and allowed just five goals, amassing a 4-1-2 record. As a whole, the Utah defense is ranked fourth in the league with just six goals allowed on the season. Five of the six goals were given up in true road games, while one was conceeded in a neutral-site contest.
With Utah's 2-0 victory against Portland State on Sept. 14, she became the first Utah goalkeeper to record three consecutive shutouts since Emalee Rogers did so in 2008.
Luke is ranked fifth in the Pac-12 Conference in goals-against-average (0.69), save percentage (.844) and saves per game (3.86). She is also tied for sixth with three solo shutouts. In last week's NCAA statistical rankings, Luke was listed at No. 15 in goals-against-average (0.48) and 20th in save percentage. Updated rankings will be released later this week.
Scouting this Weekend's Opposition
Washington State Cougars
WSU enters the week hoping to find its scoring shoes again after being shut out in back-to-back games last weekend. The Cougar defense showed its teeth on the road at No. 2 UCLA Thursday, playing to a 0-0 draw in its Pac-12 opener, but followed up with a 3-0 loss at Santa Clara on Sunday.
Micaela Castain leads the Cougar offense with eight goals. Brandi Vega has tallied four goals and is tied for the team lead with two assists, while Jocelyn Jeffers has added three goals as well. On the defensive side of the ball, Gurveen Clair has played the majority of minutes, allowing eight goals and posting a goals-against-average of 1.11 to go with a .704 save percentage. Ariana Byrd has also appeared in five games, allowing three goals while posting a 1.51 GAA with a .625 save percentage.
Washington State is directed by first-year head coach Keidane McAlpine.
Washington fell in its Pac-12 opener on Friday by a 1-0 score in overtime at USC. Since starting the year with seven consecutive victories, including five shutouts, the Huskies are 0-2-1 in the their last three games.
Lindsay Elston is UW's top offensive threat and leads the team in goals scored (6), assists (4), points (16), game-winning goals (3), shots (33) and shots-on-goal (15). Four other Huskies have scored twice each as well. Defensively, Kari Davidson has played most of the minutes in goal, posting a 6-2 record with four solo shutouts. Her GAA stands at 0.68 to go with a .891 save percentage.
Washington is coached by Leslie Gallimore, now in her 19th season. She owns a career record of 196-152-32 since taking over in 1994.
Utah is 4-3-1 all-time against Washington State, including a 2-1 mark at home. The Cougars have won the last two match-ups with the Utes, both in Pullman, including a 2-0 victory last season. Friday's game will mark Washington State's first trip to Salt Lake City since the Utes captured back-to-back victories over the Cougars in 2005 and 2006.
The Utes are 3-2 all-time against Washington, including a perfect 2-0 record at home. UW has won the last two match-ups against the Utes, both on the Huskies' home turf in Seattle, including a 3-0 win last season. Utah has not beaten Washington since their last meeting in Salt Lake City as the Utes grabbed a 3-2 win in 2007.
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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