Oct. 22, 2012
Utes Look to Recapture their Offensive Spark in the Desert
Utah will look to re-ignite its scoring capabilities in the desert this week after suffering back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season. The Utes are averaging 2.33 goals per game in their three conference victories this year. Conversely, the team has scored just one combined goal and been shut out four times in its five Pac-12 losses, three of which have come on the road. Overall, the Utes are averaging one goal per game in conference play.
Utes Remain at No. 5 in Pacific Region
In Monday's NSCAA regional rankings, the Utes moved remained in the No. 5 spot in the Pacific Region. Neither of this week's opponents are ranked in the region.
Luke Ranks Among Pac-12's Top Goalkeepers
With eight saves in Utah's 2-0 loss at No. 3 UCLA, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Luke brought her season save total to 70, which ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 (including all games). She is also ranked No. 4 in save percentage (.833), goals-against-average (0.97) and saves per game (5.00). Including conference games only, Luke ranks No. 3 in saves (46) and No. 4 in saves per game (5.75).
As a team, the Utes are ranked No. 3 in the conference in goals allowed (15) and goals-against-average (0.91).
Scouting this Weekend's Opposition
Arizona State Sun Devils
Arizona State is coming off a 2-1 victory at Oregon and a 1-1 draw at No. 23 Oregon State. The Sun Devils are 2-3 at home this season.
ASU is led offensively by Cali Farquharson, who has netted a team-high seven goals to go with four assists. Devin Marshall has scored six times, while Courtney Tinnin has two goals and a team-high five assists.
Chandler Morris has started every game in goal for the Sun Devils, making 50 saves while allowing 26 goals for a GAA of 1.60 and a .750 save percentage.
ASU is coached by Kevin Boyd, now in his sixth season. Boyd owns a 51-51-14 record at the helm for the Sun Devils.
Arizona comes into this week on an eight-game winless streak with an 0-6-2 record in those games. Most recently, the Wildcats fell by a 2-0 score at Oregon and a 5-1 margin at No. 23 Oregon State. Arizona is 1-3-2 at home this season.
Arizona's top offenisve threat is Jazmin Ponce, who has scored eight goals to go with two assists for a team-high 18 points. Five other Wildcats have scored twice each, while Hannah Wong leads the team in assists with three. In goal, Gabby Kaufman has played every minute for the Wildcats. Kaufman has made 86 saves and allowed 28 goals for a GAA of 1.58 and a .754 save percentage.
Arizona is coached by Lisa Oyen, who owns a 12-44-6 record in her third year.
Utah is 3-2 all-time against Arizona State and will head into Thursday's match looking for its first victory against the Sun Devils in Tempe. All three of the Utes' wins have come in Salt Lake City. In last year's meeting, the Utes captured a dramatic 2-1 victory at home, tallying the game winner with just over a minute to go in regulation.
The Utes are 5-5 all-time against Arizona and have had reasonable success in Tucson, with a record of 2-3. In last year's match in Salt Lake City, the Utes defeated the Wildcats by a 3-1 score. In their last match at Arizona, Utah fell in overtime, 1-0, in 2010. The Utes' last victory in Tucson came in 2007 by a 2-1 score in the season opener.
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), sophomore forward Katie Taylor (4), junior forward Allie 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 freshman midfielder Kaycee 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 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 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.
Utah to Appear in Two Upcoming Live Televised Games
The Utes are 3-2 in televised games in 2012 and will appear live on the Pac-12 Network four more times this season. Upcoming televised games include: 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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