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Utah Women's Soccer Notes - Week 8

Sophomore Jen Christoffers has scored two goals this season.

Sophomore Jen Christoffers has scored two goals this season.

Oct. 10, 2006

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This Week
Utah (9-4-0, 2-0-0), ranked No. 13 in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll, plays its first Mountain West Conference road games of the season. The Utes play Air Force (3-8-3, 0-1-1) on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. (MDT) at Cadet Soccer Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., and New Mexico (6-4-3, 0-0-2) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (MDT) at the UNM Soccer Complex in Albuquerque, N.M.

Game Coverage
Live stats with GameTracker and streaming video will also be available for the New Mexico game on UtahUtes.com. (Click Here)

The mtn. (MountainWest Sports Network) will show highlights of the Utah vs. UNLV game played on Oct. 5 on its "Soccer Insider" show on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 5:00 p.m. (MDT).

Utah Update
The Utes are 9-4-0 overall and in sole possession of first place in the Mountain West Conference with a 2-0-0 record. They have won five in a row with the last four being shutout wins. Utah opened Mountain West Conference play last weekend with home wins over UNLV (1-0) on Thursday and BYU (1-0) on Saturday at Ute Field.

Adele Letro (F, 5-8, So.) leads the Utes in points (15) with a team-high six goals and three assists. Amanda Feigt (F, 5-11, Sr.) is second in points (9) with a team-best five assists and two goals. 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 1.08 goals against average with 41 saves and 13 goals allowed. She also has four shutouts.

Utah has more shots (163-126) and more goals (18-13) than its opponents this season, but has a deficit of 56-40 in corner kicks. The Utes have a 0.99 goals against average while their opponents have a 1.37 mark.

In The Rankings
• The Utes moved up six spots to No. 13 in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll. Utah is ranked for the third consecutive week and the fifth time in the last six weeks. The Utes moved up two spots to fourth in the NSCAA West Region rankings.

• Utah moved up nine spots to No. 16 in the Soccer America poll. The Utes are in the poll for the second consecutive week.

• The Utes moved into the Soccer Buzz Top 30 poll at No. 25 and are ranked seventh in the West Region rankings, moving up one spot from last week.

• Utah entered the Soccer Times Top 25 poll this week at No. 21.

Scouting Air Force
The Falcons are 3-8-3 overall and 2-3-1 at home this season. Air Force opened its Mountain West Conference schedule with two road games, tying San Diego State, 2-2, on Friday and losing at Wyoming, 3-1, on Sunday.

Brittney Perkowski (F, 5-6, Sr.) has a team-high five points with two goals and an assist. Jessica Yahn (D, 5-7, Fr.) has a goal and an assist. Erin Wallace (GK, 5-4, So.) has a 1.31 goals against average in 13 games this season. She has allowed 18 goals and made 56 saves while holding four teams scoreless. Head coach Marty Buckley has a 108-163-16 career record in his 15th season at Air Force.

The Series With The Falcons
Utah is undefeated against Air Force with an 8-0-0 record overall and a 3-0-0 mark in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Utes defeated the Falcons twice last season, winning 3-0 on Oct. 15 in Salt Lake City and 3-0 on Nov. 2 in the quarterfinals of the MWC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

Scouting New Mexico
The Lobos are 6-4-3 overall and 3-2-1 at home this season. New Mexico has played to a tie in its last three games. In its first two conference games last weekend on the road, New Mexico tied Wyoming, 1-1, on Friday and tied TCU 0-0 on Sunday.

Kristine Sweat (F, 5-8, Sr.) and Bridgette Sanchez (F, 5-3, Sr.) both have a team-best nine points. Sweat leads UNM with four goals and has an assist. Sanchez has a team-high three assists and three goals. Shannon Adragna (GK, 5-8, So.) has a 0.66 goals against average and four shutouts in 13 games this season. She has allowed just nine goals and made 33 saves. Head coach Kit Vela has a 38-55-14 career record in her sixth season at New Mexico.

The Series With The Lobos
Utah is 7-4-1 all-time against New Mexico and 1-2-1 in Albuquerque, N.M. The Utes split their games with the Lobos last season. Utah won 3-2 on Oct. 8 in Salt Lake City and lost 1-0 on Nov. 3 in the semifinals of the MWC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rich's Remarks
On last week: "We played two tough games to open up the conference season. It's a fantastic start from a results standpoint. I thought the games were very similar. I was pleased with our effort. I thought we showed good mental toughness in each game. This is an area we've been focusing on for the past few weeks and it's good to see progress. Ashley Mason was great in goal in each game and probably was the difference for us. She is healthy again and back in form. We showed some terrific moments of soccer in each game. However, I still believe we haven't quite peaked yet. I'd like to see us give a more consistent 90 minutes."

On this week: "Road games are always a test of your mental toughness. There are many obstacles to overcome and many opportunities to make excuses and give in. So far this year, we have not done as well on the road as we would have liked. This is a another chance for us to see if we have improved in this area. Air Force is a much improved team this year. They have played a very competitive schedule and have some terrific results, including a tie at San Diego State last Friday. We have always had tough battles with them and I expect Wednesday to be no different. New Mexico is a very good team and a definite contender for both the conference and tournament titles. They are united and play very hard. They are well organized and have two good threats up top in Kristine Sweat and Bridgette Sanchez."

Coming Up
The Utes continue their Mountain West Conference schedule with a split home and road weekend. Utah hosts TCU on Friday, Oct. 20 7:30 p.m. (MST) at Ute Field and plays at San Diego State on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

 

 

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