McKenzie Joyner is part of the Utah defense that has recorded two shutouts this season. (Credit: Russell Isabella)
Sept. 26, 2006
Utah (6-4-0), ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll, closes out its nonconference schedule with one game this weekend. The Utes host Pepperdine (6-2-2), ranked 20th by Soccer America, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (MST) at Ute Field in Salt Lake City. Buy Tickets Here
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The Utes are 6-4-0 and have bounced back to win their last two games after dropping lost three in a row. Last weekend, Utah got its first road win with a 3-1 victory at Idaho State on Friday. The Utes then opened a four-game home stand with a 1-0 win over Utah State on Sunday at Ute Field.
Adele Letro (F, 5-8, So.) leads the Utes in points (10) with a team-high four goals and two assists. Amanda Feigt (F, 5-11, Sr.) is second in points (6) with a team-best four assists and one goal. Melissa Wayman (M, 5-10, Sr.) and Hailey Marsh (F, 5-8, Sr.) are tied for third in points (5) with two goals and an assist each. Goalkeeper Ashley Mason (5-9, Sr.) has a 1.43 goals against average with 31 saves and 13 goals allowed. She also has one shutout.
Utah has more shots (125-99) and more goals (14-13) than its opponents this season, but has a deficit of 43-30 in corner kicks. The Utes have a 1.28 goals against average while their opponents have a 1.38 mark.
In The Rankings
The Utes moved back into the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 after a one week absense, coming in at No. 23. Utah is tied for sixth in the NSCAA West Region rankings, moving up from 10th last week.
The Utes are 10th in the Soccer Buzz West Region rankings, moving up four spots from last week.
Utah is receiving votes in the Soccer Times Top 25 poll.
The Waves are 6-2-2 overall and 2-2-0 on the road this season. Pepperdine is ranked 20th by Soccer America and 27th by Soccer Buzz this week. The Waves split a pair of games last weekend, getting a 1-0 win over San Diego at home on Friday and falling 3-0 at No. 3 UCLA on Sunday.
Emily Wynne (M/F, 5-8, So.) leads the Waves in points (14) with four goals and six assists, tying for the team lead in both categories. Lindsey Redlin (F, 5-4, Sr.) is second in points (10) with a pair of goals and six assists. McKenzie Hill (M, 5-5, Jr.) has four goals. Kayla Stolte (GK, 5-11, So.) has a 0.82 goals against average and three shutouts this season. Stolte had made 37 saves and allowed eight goals. Head coach Tim Ward has a 105-47-20 career record in his ninth season at Pepperdine.
The Series With The Waves
Utah trails Pepperdine in the all-time series 0-1-1 with both of those games being played in Malibu, Calif. Last season, the Utes lost 1-0 to the Waves on Sept. 30. The teams played to a 2-2 tie on Sept. 24, 1995 in their first meeting.
Tough Schedule Continues
Pepperdine will be the eighth team Utah has faced this season that earned and NCAA Tournament bid in 2005. The Utes have gone 3-4 against the first seven tournament teams. Fresno State, Purdue and Stanford lost in the first round. Colorado and Illinois advanced to the second round. Arizona and Pepperdine made it to the third round, while Santa Clara advanced to the quarterfinals.
The Utes will also face BYU and UNLV during Mountain West Conference play. Both teams lost in the first round.
On last weekend: "We played two intense games against teams that were fired up to face us. With the crowd and the field conditions, Idaho State is always a tough place for visiting teams. We showed some good mental toughness after giving up a goal late in the first half. We scored three good goals. Jen Christoffers and Amanda Feigt scored their first goals of the year, which should bolster their confidence."
"Sunday's game was just as hard fought. It was good to get a shutout. Though we scored on an own goal, Kelly Isleib's free kick was terrific. She really cranked it in there and put pressure on the defense to clear it out. If we take to heart the lessons they provide, these environments will help to prepare us for Mountain West Conference games."
On Pepperdine: "We had an intense game with Pepperdine in Malibu last season. We lost, 1-0, but I thought it was one of the better performances that we had all year. They went on to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. The Waves are tough and play a fun brand of soccer. They have already proven they can go on the road and win against tough teams, such as Kansas and Arizona State. I think it will be a well-played, entertaining match."
The Utes open Mountain West Conference play at home, taking on UNLV on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 3:00 p.m. and BYU on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Ute Field.