Monica Okapal and the Utes have a big weekend on tap
Oct. 22, 2013
Matchup: Utah vs. No. 2 UCLA
Date: Friday, Oct. 25
Kickoff: 1 p.m. MT
Location: Ute Field
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Promotions: Power of Pink Game - Wear pink in support of cancer awareness and receive free admission to the game; West Jordan Club Night; First 300 students to show their U-ID will receive a free promotional item
Matchup: Utah vs. USC
Date: Sunday, Oct. 27
Kickoff: 1 p.m. MT
Location: Ute Field
Promotions: Halloween Costume Contest - Prizes will be given to the fans with the best Halloween costume. All fans who wear their costume will receive free candy and a promotional prize
News and Notes
This Weekend's Action
Utah soccer (7-3-5, 3-2-1) returns home for the first time in three weeks when it hosts No. 2 UCLA and USC. Both games are slated for 1 p.m. starts with the Utes sitting fourth in the Pac-12 standings with five matches remaining in the regular season.
Utah Stifled by No. 10 Stanford
Utah soccer pushed No. 10 Stanford to the limit in their stadium but eventually fell, 1-0 last weekend. Local product Taylor Slattery of Gilroy had two good chances to break the ice for the Utes but was denied twice by the Cardinal goalkeeper. Ashton Hall, Allie Wisner and Baylee Nielsen were also denied on excellent scoring opportunities. Lindsey Luke made eight saves as the Utes suffered another one-goal loss.
Utah now has a nine-match unbeaten streak at Ute Field which started last season with a 3-1 victory over Oregon. Since then, Utah is 6-0-3 while out-scoring its opponents 21-6 and posting five shutouts. Since joining the Pac-12, Utah is 19-4-3 at home.
Utes Listed at No. 5 in Pacific Region
In Monday’s NSCAA regional rankings, the Utes were pegged at No. 6 in the Pacific Region. Last week, the Utes received their highest mark of the season, checking in at No. 5. Utah ranks 44th in the latest RPI and is one of seven Pac-12 schools to be ranked in the top 50. The last time Utah was ranked in the final NSCAA Poll was in 2006 when the Utes finished 23rd in the country.
Luke Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke was named Defensive Player of the Week for Pac-12 Women’s Soccer for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6.
Luke earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording consecutive shutouts in two 1-0 wins against Oregon and Oregon State over the weekend. The three-straight shutouts in league play are the most since 2006. Luke has seven shutouts on the season, which is one shy of the all-time Ute mark of eight set in 2003.
The sophomore from Corona Del Mar, Calif., has allowed only six goals in 1083:53 minutes of action this season for a goals-against average of 0.50, 12th in the nation. Her save percentage (.903) ranks fourth nationally. and she leads the league in saves (80) and saves per game (5.09).
10 Different Utes Find the Net
Utah has had 10 different players score goals this season: Katie Taylor leads the way with five, Baylee Nielsen, Taylor Slattery and Allie Wisner are tied with three goals apiece, Ashton Hall, Avery Ford, and Megan Trabert have each bagged a pair and Ali Forsberg, Jenny Hutton, Katie Rigby and Kaycee Buckley have all tallied once. Slattery, a freshman, and Taylor, have two game-winners for the Utes while Nielsen, Wisner and Rigby have all tallied deciders.
Utah Individual Rankings
Katie Taylor currently leads the Utes with five goals and 13 points for the season. The junior is also second on the team in assists along with senior Ashton Hall. They trail defender Jenny Hutton who currently leads the Utes with four assists and narrowly misses out as one of the top 10 distributors in the league.
In league play, Taylor Slattery (2G), Megan Trabert (2G) and Taylor (1G, 2A) are all tied for the team lead with four points apiece. Trabert’s two goals against Washington State marked the first multi-goal game for a Utah player since the team joined the Pac-12 (Erin Dailey, TCU, 2010).
Second-ranked UCLA earned its 10th shutout and 13th victory of the season, downing Arizona State last weekend by a score of 3-0. The Bruins received goals from Ally Courtnall, Darian Jenkins and Courtney Proctor while goalkeepers Katelyn Rowland and Alana Munger combined for the shutout. UCLA’s defense leads the nation with a 0.32 goals against average. UCLA has not trailed in Pac-12 play this year and for only 15 minutes this entire season. Scoring early has also been a trend for the Bruins with eight of their 29 goals coming in the first 10 minutes of the game, including four in the first five minutes.
USC’s leadership core has been shaken up a bit this season, with the injury bug biting different Trojan seniors at different times this season and thus interrupting some of USC’s stability on the field. Autumn Altamirano, Mia Bruno, Haley Boysen, Elizabeth Eddy and Jordan Marada have all been banged up and forced to the sidelines during the season to date. USC dropped a difficult 3-2 overtime contest at home last weekend to Arizona, getting a brace from Marlee Carrillo. USC broke back in the national rankings for the first time since 2011, when it opened the year ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA preseason poll.
Utah is 1-4 all-time against USC with the lone victory coming at Ute Field in 2011 by a score of 3-0. Katie Taylor scored the eventual game-winner and McKel Wall added a pair of assists in the win. Seven starters on that team are still members of the Utes (Groth, Wisner, Ford, Taylor, Hutton, Wall and Spier). Last season, the Utes fell 1-0 in L.A. despite dominating the second half (9-2 shot adv.)
The Utes hold a 1-3 all-time record against UCLA, having played the Bruins only once in SLC. Utah’s only win in the series came in L.A. in 2004 by a 2-1 score. Last season the Utes were defeated on the road by the third-ranked Bruins, 2-0. UCLA remained undefeated on the season thanks to goals by Chelsea Cline and Rosie White.
Utah to Appear in Four Upcoming Live Televised Games
The Utes are unbeaten in televised games for the 2013 season and will appear live on the Pac-12 Network four more times this season. Upcoming televised games include: Oct. 25 vs. UCLA, Nov. 1 at Arizona, Nov. 3 at Arizona State and Nov. 8 vs. Colorado. The game against the Buffaloes also serves as Senior Day for seven Ute student-athletes
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.
Utah Soccer Scarves Are Back for 2013!
There’s still plenty of time! Show your support for Utah Soccer and all of Utah’s athletic teams by calling 801-581-UTIX or visit www.UtahUtes.com. Purchase of a scarf gets you free entrance to Utah soccer games.