Oct. 24, 2011
This Week's Action ...
The University of Utah women's soccer team (8-8-1, 4-4-0 Pac-12) begins a three-game home stretch to finish out the regular season this weekend, starting with USC (6-11-0, 3-5 Pac-12) Friday at 7 p.m. at Ute Field. Utah will then host No. 7 UCLA (12-1-3, 5-1-2 Pac-12) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Utah Carries Six-Match Home Win Streak into This Weekend ...
The Utes are 6-1 at home this year and have not lost at Ute Field since dropping their home-opener against Nevada. Their six-match home win streak includes three shutouts, one of which was against No. 18-ranked Oregon State. Utah is averaging 2.17 goals per game in this run, while giving up only 0.5 goals per contest. The Utes have not allowed more than one goal in a game at home all season.
Turpen Posts Career-High Save Total at California ...
Senior goalkeeper Hannah Turpen made a career-high 10 saves in the loss at California on Sunday. Her previous career high was eight stops in a 2-0 loss to Loyola Marymount in 2010. Her 10 saves at Cal are tied for the sixth-most in a single game in Ute history. The record is 18, registered by Tawni Martineau against Pacific on Oct. 20, 1995, during the first year of the program.
Turpen's career save total stands at 249 across 65 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 ...
After dropping eight straight contests, including two in overtime, Southern California is coming off a three-game win streak that includes a shutout of Washington, 1-0, and a sweep of the Arizona schools. USC is 3-3 on the road this year.
Brttany Kerridge leads the USC offense with 13 points on three goals and a team-high seven assists. Elizabeth Eddy is the top scorer with four goals and also has two assists, for a 10-point total. Three other Trojans have scored twice, while six more players have one goal on the season.
Defensively, Shelby Church has played the majority of time in goal, however Carly Pennington has taken over the starting spot in the last three games, going 3-0 with a pair of shutouts in that stretch. Pennington's GAA stands at a meager 0.33 with only one conceded goal, while she boasts an .889 save percentage, making eight stops on nine shots faced. Church's GAA stands at 1.82 after allowing 26 goals, and her .649 save percentage comes from 48 stops on 74 shots faced.
USC is guided by fifth-year head coach Ali Khosroshahin, who holds a 67-31-10 record. In his first year at the helm, he led the Women of Troy to the 2007 NCAA Championship title.
No. 7 UCLA Bruins
UCLA is also coming off a sweep of Arizona and Arizona State, which followed a 0-0 draw at Washington State and the Bruins' only loss of the year, a 4-1 setback at No. 1 Stanford.
The potent Bruin attack is led by Sydney Leroux, whose 10 goals are second-most in the Pac-12 Conference. Sam Lewis leads the team with six assists, while adding three goals of her own. Ally Courtnall has tallied four scores, while Zakiya Bywaters and Kylie McCarthy each have three as well.
In goal, Katelyn Rowland has played the majority of time and conceded just eight goals on the season for a GAA of 0.61. Her 31 saves on 39 shots faced lead to a .795 save percentage. Rowland leads the Pac-12 with eight solo shutouts. Alana Munger and Chante Sandiford have each appeared in three games, combining for nine saves and allowing only one goal.
The Bruins are led by first-year head coach B.J. Snow, a former Bruin assistant that took over for Jillian Ellis, who accepted a position as the Youth National Team Development Director for U.S. Soccer after 12 years at UCLA.
The All-Time Series...
Utah is 0-3 all-time against USC, with an 0-1 mark at home. The two sides have not met since 2000, when the Trojans captured a 4-1 victory at Ute Field.
Utah is 1-1 all-time against UCLA, with both previous meetings coming on the Bruins' home turf. Their last meeting was in 2009, when then-No. 6 UCLA defeated the Utes, 6-1. The Utes' win in the series came by a 2-1 score in 2004.
Utes Ranked No. 8 in Pacific Region ...
According to this week's NSCAA Regional Rankings, the Utes check in at No. 8 in the Pacific Region. Five of the seven teams above them are Pac-12 foes, including UCLA, the country's No. 7-ranked squad, which is listed at No. 2 in the region behind national No. 1 Stanford.
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 10 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 -
Two-time Pac-12 POW and a Soccer America Nod
Erin Dalley has twice earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors (Oct. 4 and Oct. 18). She was also named to the Soccer America Women's Team of the Week on Oct. 5. 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. With her second Pac-12 POW honor, Dalley became the first conference player this season to earn the weekly award twice.
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).
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).
Utah Soccer Scarves Are Back for 2011!
Do you have your 2011 Utah Women's Soccer Season Ticket Scarf yet? If not, visit www.utahutes.com or call 801-581-UTIX to get yours today!