Katie Taylor and the Utes will finish the regular season with five consecutive road games, beginning this weekend at USC and No. 3 UCLA.
Oct. 15, 2012
This Week's Action
The University of Utah women's soccer team (8-4-2, 3-3-0 Pac-12) begins a five-match road stretch this weekend, starting at USC (4-7-3, 1-3-2 Pac-12) on Friday with a 4:30 p.m. MT kickoff from Los Angeles. The game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network. The Utes will then face No. 3 UCLA (12-0-2, 5-0-1 Pac-12) on Sunday at 2 p.m. MT.
Utes Finish 6-2 at Ute Field, Close Home Schedule with Emphatic Win
The Utes closed out the home portion of their schedule in style with an emphatic 3-1 victory against Oregon on Friday to improve to 6-2 on the year at Ute Field. Utah is now 14-4 over the last two seasons at home, with two of those losses coming to No. 2-ranked Stanford and No. 6-ranked UCLA.
The Utes allowed only six goals at home this season, with three of those goals coming in one game, as they outscored their opponents 13-6. Utah has posted four shutouts at home in each of the last two years.
Luke Ranks Among Pac-12's Top Goalkeepers
With seven saves in Utah's 3-1 victory against Oregon, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Luke brought her season save total to 58, ranked No. 4 in the Pac-12 Conference (including all games). She is also ranked No. 4 in save percentage (.841) and No. 5 in goals-against-average (0.89) and saves per game (4.83). Including conference games only, Luke ranks No. 3 in saves (34) and No. 4 in saves per game (5.67).
Ute Offense Finishes on High Note
The Utes scored three goals in their final regular-season home game, their second-highest scoring output of the season. Sophomore forward Katie Taylor tallied her fourth goal of the season, tied for the team lead. It was also the fastest goal scored by the Utes this season as she found the back of the net just under 15 minutes into the game. The game-winning goal came from junior forward Allie Wisner, who now has two scores on the year and both have been game winners. Freshman midfielder Kaycee Buckley provided the insurance goal as she netted the first of her career.
Utah Shatters Home Attendance Records
Utah set new school records for home attendance this season as an average of 1,208 fans took in Utah's eight home games this season. The previous school record was 844 fans per game in 1996.
Utes Listed at No. 5 in Pacific Region
In Monday's NSCAA regional rankings, the Utes moved back into the No. 5 spot in the Pacific Region. UCLA is currently ranked No. 2 in the region and No. 3 nationally.
Scouting this Weekend's Opposition
USC Women of Troy
USC is coming off of five consecutive road games, going 0-3-2 in that stretch, with four of the five games going to overtime. In their last outing, the Women of Troy fell at Washington State, 4-0. USC is 2-4 at home this season, including a 1-0 overtime victory against Washington in its last outing at McAlister Field.
Samantha Johnson leads the team with four goals to go with two assists for 10 points. Three other Trojans have three goals apiece, including Jordan Marada, who also owns a team-best five assists.
Defensively, Caroline Stanley has played the majority of time in net for USC, allowing 27 goals and making 71 saves for a GAA of 1.97 and a .724 save percentage.
USC is coached by Ali Khosroshahin, now in his sixth season. He owns a 72-40-13 record (.628) and led USC to its first NCAA championship title in 2007.
UCLA is unbeaten this season with only a pair of draws standing in the way of a flawless record. The Bruins are returning home after winning five consecutive road matches, outscoring its opponents 12-3 over that span. The Bruins are 5-0-2 at home this year, most recently playing to a 0-0 draw against Washington State.
The UCLA offense is paced by Zakiya Bywaters, whose 11 goals lead the Pac-12. She also has three assists for a total of 25 points. Taylor Smith has added six goals, while Rosie White has netted three of her own. Jenna Richmond leads the team with five assists, while Caprice Dydasco and Chelsea Stewart have four each.
In goal, Katelyn Rowland has allowed just three goals on the season, while making 28 saves and leads the Pac-12 in goals-against-average (0.29), save percentage (.903) and shutouts (7). Alana Munger has appeared in five games, allowing only two goals and making nine saves for a 0.49 GAA and .818 save percentage.
UCLA is coached by B.J. Snow, now in his second season. He owns a 28-1-6 (.886) record in his two seasons at the helm for the Bruins.
Utah is 1-3 all-time against USC, including an 0-1 mark on the Trojans' home field. Their only meeting in Los Angeles came in 1996 as USC captured a 2-0 victory. In last year's match-up, the Utes won a 3-0 decision in Salt Lake City.
The Utes hold a 1-2 all-time record against UCLA, including a 1-1 mark on the Bruins' home pitch. In each of their last two match-ups, UCLA has been ranked No. 6 nationally. Utah visited Drake Stadium in 2009 and fell by a 6-1 margin, then took the Bruins to overtime last season at Ute Field before falling, 1-0. The Utes' only win in the series came in L.A. in 2004 by a 2-1 score.
2012 Goal Tracker: 10 Different Utes Find the Back of the Net
Utah has had nine different players score goals this season: junior midfielder Harley Spier (4), Taylor (4), Wisner (2), sophomore midfielder Avery Ford (2), sophomore forward Jill Robison (2), and freshman forward Baylee Nielsen (2), have each scored multiple goals. Junior defender Jenny Hutton, sophomore midfielder Ashton Hall, freshman defender Megan Trabert and Buckley have each scored once. Buckley, Hall, Nielsen, Hutton, Trabert and Wisner all scored their first career goals this season, while Robison (2), Taylor (2), Wisner (2), Ford and Trabert have each tallied game-winning goals.
Utah to Appear in Three Upcoming Live Televised Games
The Utes are 3-1 in televised games in 2012 and will appear live on the Pac-12 Network four more times this season. Upcoming televised games include: 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.
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