Junior defender Melissa Crespo has started all six games for the Utes this season.
Sept. 12, 2006
Utah (4-2-0), ranked 12th in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll, makes a two-game swing through Big Ten country. The Utes play Purdue (6-1-1) on Friday at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) at the Varsity Soccer Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. Utah finished the trip against Illinois (3-3-0) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (CDT) at Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium in Champaign, Ill.
Live stats with GameTracker will be available for both of this week's games on www.UtahUtes.com.
In The Rankings
Utah moved up two spots in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll this week, coming in at No. 12. It is the highest Utah has ever been ranked in the NSCAA poll. The Utes are in the rankings for the second consecutive week. In the NSCAA West Region rankings, Utah is ranked fourth.
The Utes held steady at No. 25 in the Soccer Buzz Top 30 poll for the second consecutive week. Utah is also ranked 8th in the West Region.
Utah moved up one spot to No. 22 in the Soccer Times Top 25 poll. This is the Utes' second week in the poll.
The Utes moved into the Soccer America Magazine poll this week at No. 25.
The Boilermakers, ranked No. 24 in the Soccer Buzz poll, are 6-1-1 and have won five in a row. Last weekend, Purdue swept a two-game road trip, winning 1-0 at Oklahoma on Friday and 1-0 at New Mexico on Sunday. Parrissa Eyorokon (M, 5-7, Jr.) and Jessica Okoroafo (F, 5-7, So.) both lead the team with eight points, scoring three goals and getting two assists. Lauren Mason (5-11, Sr.) has started all eight games at goalkeeper. She has a 0.68 goals against average with five goals allowed and 19 saves in 666 minutes. Rob Klatte is 88-66-14 in his ninth season at Purdue and 144-111-20 in 14 years as a head coach.
The Series With The Boilermakers
Utah leads the series with Purdue 1-0-0. The teams met for the first time last season with Utah winning 2-1 on Sept. 9 in Salt Lake City.
The Illini are 3-3-0 after getting a pair of wins in their own tournament last weekend. The Illini defeated Syracuse, 4-0, on Friday and No. 13 Auburn, 1-0, on Sunday. Ella Masar (F, 5-5, Jr.) leads the team with four points, getting one goal and two assists this season. Chichi Nweke (F, 5-7, Fr.) is second with three points, contributing a goal and an assist. Lindsey Carstens (5-5, Jr.) has played in five games at goalkeeper. She has a .733 goals against average with four goals and 11 saves in 413 minutes.
The Series With The Illini
Utah and Illinois play for the first time on Sunday.
Amanda Sanchez (broken toe), out three more weeks ... Emalee Rogers (ACL tear), out for season ... Tasia Duarte (stress fracture in tibia), out indefinitely, will begin to work out this week ... Lynzee Lee (stress fracture in tibia), cleared to practice this week.
On last weekend: "We had two terrific tests last weekend for our team. We continue to grow and I'm pleased with our overall progress. Fresno State played a tight defense and really challenged us to play better with the ball. And the Colorado game gave us some wonderful lessons to learn from. I thought we actually defended very well for the majority of the game. We just had a couple of crucial lapses in concentration at the wrong time that cost us. We can be much tighter in our possession, communicate better on the field and stay more compact as a unit. It was also another chance for us to chase the game at the end. And, even though we didn't score, I think we did some nice things. These games will help us as we continue to prepare for Mountain West Conference play."
On playing Purdue: "We had a cracker of a game with Purdue last season. And I expect the same on Friday. They have a tough team, with a couple of creative midfielders and forwards that can finish the slightest of chances. We are looking forward to getting out on the road and testing ourselves against a strong team. I was really impressed with Jessica Okoroafo last season. It will be a great test."
On playing Illinois: "This will be our first game against Illinois. They have a terrific program and will be contending, I'm sure, for the Big Ten championship later this fall. It will be a challenge to rebound from our Friday game and face such stout competition. But, it's another opportunity to prepare ourselves for conference play and some of the environments we will be playing in later in the season."
Adele Letro leads the Utes in both goals (3) and points (6) this season. She has already accumulated 26 points six games into her sophomore season at Utah.
Ashley Mason has played every minute in goal for the Utes this season. The senior from Sunnyvale, Calif., has a 0.97 goals against average. She has allowed six goals and made 23 saves in 554:17. Mason is Utah's career leader in goals against average.
Utah is 3-0 against Pac-10 teams this season. In addition to their two wins over Washington State and Arizona in the Utah Fall Classic, the Utes also defeated No. 19 Stanford 2-1 in the Santa Clara/adidas Classic on Aug. 25.
Utah has a 79-65 advantage in shots but has a 31-18 deficit in corner kicks in 2006. The Utes have a 0.97-1.46 edge in goals against average.
The Utes have scored a season-high two goals in four games this season. Utah has been shutout just once, that coming in a 1-0 loss at No. 2 Santa Clara.
Utah recorded its first shutout of the season against Fresno State on Friday in a 2-0 win.
The Utes allowed a season-high two goals in a 2-1 loss against Colorado on Sunday.
After going 1-2-1 in overtime games last season, the Utes got a win in their first overtime game in 2006. Utah defeated Washington State 2-1 in double overtime on Sept. 1 at Ute Field.
Utah is 3-1 at Ute Field this season, improving its all-time home record to 73-20-6 in 12 years.
The Utes play at Idaho State on Friday, Sept. 22 at 4:00 p.m. (MDT) and host Utah State on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1:00 p.m. (MDT).