Jenny Hutton is one of six Ute seniors playing their final home game Friday
Nov. 5, 2013
Matchup: Utah vs. Colorado
Date: Friday, Nov. 8
Kickoff: 2 p.m. MT
Location: Ute Field
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Promotions: Senior Day; Firebirds FC Club Day; First 300 students to show their U-ID will receive a free promotional item
News and Notes
This Weekend's Action
Utah soccer (9-4-6, 5-3-2) will play its final game of the regular season on Friday when it hosts Colorado at 2 p.m. The Utes are currently fighting for a NCAA berth and will honor its six seniors prior to the match; Jen Ericson, Jenny Hutton, Stephanie Lemeza, Leslie Muirhead, Harley Spier and Allie Wisner. This game will also be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
Utes Earn Split in Desert
Taylor Slattery scored the game-winner in double overtime as Utah earned a crucial victory on the road at Arizona last Friday, 1-0. It marked the first win at UA since 2007. Lindsey Luke picked up her ninth shutout of the season, setting the school record in the process. The redshirt sophomore made eight saves, three in overtime, to preserve the clean sheet.
On Sunday, Utah suffered its first overtime loss of the season losing in the second extra session at Arizona State, 2-1. Allie Wisner’s fifth goal of the season provided the breakthrough with a little over 15 minutes left in regulation and the Utes looked poised to earn their first win ever in Tempe. However, ASU scored the equalizer with three minutes remaining in regulation before winning it in double overtime.
Luke a Two-Time Pac-12 Player of the Week
Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for a second time after helping the Utes keep their unbeaten home mark intact in a 1-1 draw against No. 2 UCLA and a 1-0 win over USC.
Luke set the single-season shutout mark set by Ashley Mason in 2003 with her ninth blanking of the season against Arizona this past weekend.
Luke has allowed only nine goals in 1487:19 minutes of action this season for a goals-against average of 0.54, 19th in the nation. Her save percentage (.900) ranks second nationally and she sits third in the league in saves (59) and second in saves per game (5.4).
For her efforts on the pitch, Luke was also named the College Sports Madness Pac-12 Player of the Week and CollegeSoccer360.com’s National Goalkeeper of the Week.
11 Different Utes Find the Net
Utah has had 11 different players score goals this season: Katie Taylor and Allie Wisner are tied for the team lead with five, Taylor Slattery has four, Baylee Nielsen and Ashton Hall are tied with three goals apiece, 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 has three game-winners including this past weekend against Arizona. Wisner 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 13 points for the season. The junior is tied with Allie Wisner for the team lead in goals with five apiece and also second on the team in assists. Junior Ashton Hall and defender Jenny Hutton are tied for the team lead with four assists.
In league play, Taylor Slattery leads the team in scoring and sits fifth in the Pac-12 with three goals to her credit. Wisner (2G), Megan Trabert (2G), Hall (1G, 2A) and Taylor (1G, 2A) are all tied for second with four points apiece. Nicole Setterlund of WSU leads the league with five goals and 11 points while and teammate Micaela Castain has seven assists to pace the conference.
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).
The season of firsts continues for CU. After breaking program records earlier this season by shutting out their first five opponents and winning their first six games, the Buffs continued the trend by winning eight non-conference games for the first time in school history.
The Buffs have received votes in eight of the nine most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire Women’s Polls. The Buffs currently sit at No. 28 in the latest poll as well as the RPI standings.
Senior Anne Stuller and freshman Brie Hooks are tied for the team lead with eight goals apiece. Stuller also ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with seven assists and 23 points. Senior goalkeeper Annie Brunner has a 0.98 goals-against average and eight shutouts for the Buffs.
Utah is 2-6-1 all-time against Colorado, getting both their wins in Salt Lake City. Utah got a goal from Harley Spier last season to earn a draw in Boulder. The Utes had a 15-13 edge in shots and 8-7 on corner kicks. On a snowy Friday night in 2011, it was Spier again, this time providing the difference as the Utes held on for a 2-1 win at Ute Field.
Utah Closes Regular Season on Pac-12 Network
The Utes have suffered only one loss in televised games for the 2013 season and will appear live on the Pac-12 Network for the final game of the regular season.
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.