Oct. 17, 2011
This Week's Action ...
The University of Utah women's soccer team (8-6-1, 4-2-0 Pac-12) travels to northern California this weekend to face No. 1-ranked Stanford (14-0-1, 6-0 Pac-12) Friday and Cal (10-3-2, 3-1-2 Pac-12) on Sunday.
Dalley Comes Up Big Again ...
Senior forward Erin Dalley buried a header off a corner kick from freshman midfielder Ashton Hall to lift the Utah women's soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory over No. 18 Oregon State Friday at Ute Field. It was Dalley's third game winner of the 2011 season and the seventh of her career. She now leads the team in points (12), goals (5), game winners (3), shots (30) and shots-on-goal (15), and is also tied for second on the squad in assists (2). Dalley has now scored 20 career goals.
Dalley has found the back of the net in three consecutive home games, including game-winning strikes against Arizona (Oct. 2) and OSU, and the game-tying goal in an eventual 2-1 comeback victory agaisnt Arizona State (Sept. 30).
Utes Hope to Carry Momentum of Last Weekend's Top-25 Overtime Victory ...
With Friday's 1-0 overtime shutout victory over No. 18 Oregon State, Utah logged its first win against a top-25 team since defeating No. 19 Santa Clara by the same score on Aug. 28, 2009. The Utes also grabbed their first overtime win since Oct. 16, 2010, a 3-2 road victory at TCU. Incidentally, it was Dalley who scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in that win as well. Utah is now 2-0-2 in its last four overtime matches.
Utah Extends Home Win Streak to Six Matches ...
The Utes have reeled off six consecutive victories at Ute Field, including three against Pac-12 opposition. Since dropping its home-opener to Nevada on Aug. 28, Utah has not lost at home in more than six weeks, outscoring its opponents 13-3 and posting three shutouts over that span.
Turpen Posts Another Shutout ...
Senior goalkeeper Hannah Turpen recorded her third solo shutout of the season Friday, making five saves against the No. 18 Beavers. She has also combined with sophomore Cheyanne Mulcock to log two additional team shutouts. Turpen's season save count is up to 52 and she now holds a .743 save percentage.
Turpen's career save total stands at 239 across 48 career games, an average of nearly four saves per game. Turpen also owns 12 solo shutouts, good for fifth place on Utah's all-time list. She trails Lynnsey Assay-Kimball's 13 shutouts for fourth all-time and is three clean sheets behind Courtney Hills-McBeth for third.
Scouting this Weekend's Opposition...
No. 1 Stanford Cardinal
Stanford is unbeaten on the year, with only a 0-0 draw at Maryland keeping them from a perfect record. The Cardinal leads the Pac-12 in most statistical categories on offense and defense, including most goals scored (46) and least goals allowed (6).
The Cardinal is led offensively by Lindsay Taylor's 10 goals and 24 points. Just behind her is Teresa Noyola, who who has six goals and a team-high nine assists to her credit, for 21 points. Chioma Ubogagu has also tallied seven goals and leads the squad with four game winners.
Defensively, Emily Oliver has played the majority of time in net, making 38 saves and allowing only three goals, for a .927 save percentage and a GAA of 0.27, to go with with six shutouts. Two other goalkeepers, Lindsay Dickerson and Aly Gleason, have each seen some playing time and made at least one start. They have combined for 16 saves and three goals allowed, while contributing to four additional shutouts.
Stanford is guided by nine-year head coach Paul Ratcliffe, who owns a 147-35-19 record.
California Golden Bears
The Golden Bears, who were ranked as high as No. 17 in the NSCAA poll earlier this year and are currently receiving votes, are coming off a 2-0-1 stretch in which they did not concede a goal. In their last game they needed overtime to take a 1-0 road victory at Arizona, which followed a 2-0 home win against USC and a 0-0 home draw with UCLA.
California is led offensivly by Katie Benz, whose 10 goals and three assists give her 23 points on the year. Lauren Battung has also tallied six goals, three of them game-winners, while Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick leads the Bears in assists with six. Rachel Mercik, who scored the game winner against Arizona, and Mekenna DeBack, have each chipped in four goals and two assists as well.
Emily Kruger has spent most of the time in goal for Cal, stopping 42 shots for a save percentage of .764 and conceding 13 goals for a GAA of 0.89, to go with five shutouts. Kathleen Messinger has also seen action in three games, while Lauren Hein made a 10-minute appearance in one game.
The Golden Bears' head coach is Neil McGuire, who owns a five-year record of 55-32-10.
The All-Time Series...
Utah is 1-2 all-time against Stanford. The two teams last played in 2010 at the Santa Clara Tournament, with then-No. 2 Stanford taking a 6-1 victory. The lone Ute goal was scored by Lauren Porter. Utah and Stanford split their first two meetings with the Cardinal winning at home in the season-opener of 2004, 3-0. The Utes then beat Stanford in the 2005 season opener at the Santa Clara Tournament by a 2-1 score.
Utah has never beaten California, trailing the all-time series with the Golden Bears, 0-3. The two teams have not faced off since 2005, when Utah dropped a 1-0 overtime contest at home. The Utes also lost a 4-0 match a neutral site in 1998, which was preceded by a 5-2 loss in Berkeley to open the 1997 season.
Debut Goal-Scorers Filling Up Stat Sheet...
Ten different Utes have hit the back of the net this year, including seven players who have scored their first career goals. Most recently, it was redshirt sophomore Stephanie Lemeza who scored the first of her career as she tallied the third goal against Arizona on Oct. 2.
Six Different Utes Have Tallied Game Winners...
Six different Utes have netted the game-winning goal in Utah's six victories this year. Dalley has three of them, followed by five different Utes tallying one apiece.
Three of those game winners also accounted for the first career goal for those players, including Leslie Muirhead (vs. ISU), Avery Ford (vs. Weber State) and McKel Wall (vs. UC Riverside). The other winners came from Harley Spier (at Oregon) and Lauren Dudley (vs. Arizona State).
With the strikes from Ford and Wall, Utah has had two or more freshman secure game-winning goals in the same season for the first time since Adele Letro and Katy Reineke did so in 2005. Letro finished that season with a team-high seven goals, including three game winners.
Freshmen Account for More Than One Third of Utah's Points...
Six of the seven Utah freshmen who have seen the field this year have tallied points while all seven have cracked the starting lineup at least once. Forward Jill Robison, Ford and Wall have all scored goals, while forward Katie Taylor, Robison, Hall and defender Sarah Duncan have each logged assists. In total, freshmen have racked up four goals and 11 assists for 19 of Utah's 52 total points.
Local Impact ...
At least six of the Utes' starting 11 in each of the last nine games have hailed from the state of Utah. Of Utah's 15 goals during that span, 12 of them have been registered by natives of the Beehive State. The Utes carry 14 players from Utah on the roster and 11 of them have made starts this year.
2011 Awards and Honors
Erin Dalley - Soccer American and Pac-12
Dalley earned a pair of prestigous awards for the week of Sept. 26 - Oct. 3 as she was named to the Soccer America Women's Team of the Week and was selected as the Pac-12 Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week. Her awards marked first time a Soccer America weekly honored was bestowed upon a Ute since 2005 and Utah's first weekly Pac-12 honor in women's soccer as a member of the conference.
Lauren Dudley, McKel Wall, Jill Robison - Saint Mary's Classic All-Tournament Team
Utah had three players named to the Saint Mary's Classic All-Tournament Team on Sept. 11 as Dudley, Wall and Robison each recieved the honor.
Utes Win Inaugural Pac-12 Game ...
With the 2-0 win at Oregon on Sept. 23, Utah set several milestones regarding its membership in the Pac-12. The Utes earned their first overall victory, first road win, first shutout and scored their first goals as members of the newly expanded 12-team conference.
Manning Victorious in 200th Game... Utah's 3-1 win against Idaho State on Sept. 18 marked Rich Manning's 200th career game as the head coach of the Utes. Now in his 10th season guiding the squad, Manning is the third-longest tenured head coach in the Pac-12, trailing Washington's Leslie Gallimore (18th season) and Colorado's Bill Hempen (11th season).
Preseason Prognostication... Stanford was the clear preseason favorite in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll, leading the voting with 121 points and receiving all 11 first-place votes. The rest of the field, in order: 2. UCLA (102); 3. Oregon State (96); 4. USC (86); 5. Washington (82); 6. California (78); 7. Arizona State (60); t8. Oregon (49); t8. Washington State (49); 10. Colorado (35); 11. Utah (18); 12. Arizona (16).
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