Hanna Terry and the Utes are battling for a spot in Saturday's MWC Championship game.
Nov. 5, 2009
PROVO, Utah - The No. 3-seeded Utah soccer team (10-9-2) takes on No. 2 seed San Diego State (12-3-5) in the semifinals of the MWC Tournament in Provo, Utah, today at 12 p.m. MT. The game will be televised live on the Mtn. (Comcast ch. 37, DirecTV ch. 616). Fans can also listen to Utah's live broadcast over the web.
All tournament games will be played at South Field on the campus of BYU. Should the Utes advance to the finals, they will take on the winner of the other semifinal match between No. 1 seed BYU and No. 4 seed New Mexico for the league championship at 12 p.m. Saturday.
Utah is playing in its 11th consecutive conference tournament semifinal.
The All-Time Series...
Utah holds an 11-3-3 all-time record against San Diego State, including a 2-0-1 mark in neutral-site games. In their last meeting, the Utes and Aztecs tied 1-1 on SDSU's home field. The Ute goal was scored by freshman forward Hanna Terry, who notched an equalizer with under four minutes remaining, sending the game to overtime and ultimately salvaging a point for the Utes in the conference standings. Cat Walker was the goal scorer for SDSU.
The last time these two teams met in the MWC Tournament was in the championship match in 2004, as Utah topped the Aztecs in a penalty shootout. Tied at 1-1 after two overtime periods, the Utes won in penalties by a 4-3 margin, capturing their second consecutive conference tournament championship.
How They Got Here...
Utah entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and topped No. 6 seed TCU by a 3-1 margin yesterday. No. 2 seed San Diego State did not play yesterday, as the top two seeded teams receive first-round byes. The Utes finished conference play with a 4-2-1 MWC record, good for 13 points in the standings, while SDSU accumulated 17 points from a 5-0-2 record, trailing only BYU's 19 points.
Against TCU, Utah opened the scoring in the 25th minute of play as senior midfielder Kelly Isleib (Park City, Utah) buried an 18-yard shot with her left foot to give the Utes a 1-0 first-half lead. A corner kick from sophomore midfielder Chelsea Forbes was collected by sophomore defender Lauren Dudley (Las Vegas, Nev.), who passed back to the advancing Isleib. Isleib took on touch toward the center of the field and blasted it into the upper right-hand corner of the net for her eighth goal of the year.
The Utes came out of halftime with the same intensity level and stretched it to a 2-0 lead at the 49:58 mark witha goal from sophomore defender Lauren Porter (Salt Lake City). A free kick taken by junior defender Morgan Skeen (Coto de Caza, Calif.) found Porter inside the penalty box and the resulting header was a high, lofted ball that floated over the head of TCU goalkeeper Kelsey Walters and into the net.
TCU pulled one back in the 79th minute to cut Utah's advantage to 2-1 as Kaylie Garcia blasted in a left-footed shot after receiving a pass from Chelsea Cody. Garcia shot from the left side of the penalty box, across the face of goal and beyond the reach of Utah sophomore netminder Hannah Turpen (San Clemente, Calif.), and into the right side-netting. Turpen would finish the game with four saves.
Utah sophomore forward Erin Dalley (Centerville, Utah) put the game out of the Frogs' reach in the 86th minute with her eighth goal of the year. Sophomore midfielder Mallory Mitamura blasted a loose ball forward and through the back line of TCU, allowing Dalley to use her speed and outrun the defender. Dalley collected outside of the penalty box, took a few dribbles toward goal, and beat Walters to the near post.
Scouting The Opposition...
SDSU - The Aztecs are paced by Walker, who was named the MWC Offensive Player of the Year, leading the league in goals (4) and points (10) during conference play. Overall, she finished with eight goals and five assists for 21 points. Niki Fernandes followed with six goals and five assists, while Jessica Gordon posted three goals and five helpers.
In goal for San Diego State, Aubree Southwick totaled eight shutouts this season, including three in conference games. She finished the year with a 0.94 goals against average and a .789 save percentage.
The Aztecs are led by MWC Coach of the Year Mike Friesen. Now in his third season at the helm for San Diego State, he owns a record of 27-21-11 (.551).