Sept. 13, 2010
This Weekend's Action...
The University of Utah women's soccer team (1-7-0) heads to the Santa Clara Tournament this weekend, eyeing its toughest test of the season to date as it faces a pair of top-10 ranked teams. The Utes will face No. 2-ranked Stanford (4-0-2) Friday at 6 p.m. MT on a neutral field, then face the host Santa Clara Broncos (4-1-2), ranked No. 9, Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The All-Time Series...
Utah holds a 1-1-0 record all-time against both of this weekend's opponents. Against the Cardinal, Utah's victory came at the Santa Clara Tournament in the 2006 season-opener by a 2-1 score. Their other matchup resulted in a 3-0 loss at Stanford to open the 2004 campaign.
Utah's win against Santa Clara was captured last year as the Utes took down the No. 19-ranked Broncos by a 1-0 score at Ute Field as Kelly Isleib buried a free kick. Their other clash came at the Santa Clara Tournament in 2006, with the Broncos taking down a 1-0 win on their own pitch.
Scouting This Weekend's Opposition...
No. 2 Stanford Cardinal
Coming off an NCAA finals appearance in 2009, Stanford is unbeaten on the year and is riding a three-match win streak that includes a 4-0 victory over Pacific and a 2-1 overtime win against Georgia last weekend in the Stanford/Nike Invitational. The Cardinal has also beaten Duke and Boston University, each by 2-1 scores, while playing to a 1-1 draw at Boston College and a 2-2 draw at North Carolina.
Stanford's leading scorer is Christen Press, who has netted five goals and notched two assists for 12 points. Teresa Noyola has also added three goals and three assists for nine points. In total, seven different players have scored for the Cardinal.
In goal, senior Kara Maker has seen the majority of the action, making 12 saves posting a 2-0-2 record. She holds a .667 save percentage and has allowed six goals. Freshman Emily Oliver has made two appearances and has yet to allow a goal, making four saves.
Stanford is coached by Paul Ratcliffe, now in his eighth season leading the Cardinal.
No. 9 Santa Clara Broncos
SCU is 4-1-2 on the season and is coming off a 2-1 victory over Pacific and a 1-1 draw against Georgia in last weekend's Stanford/Nike Invitational. The Broncos have also posted wins over Ole Miss, San Jose State and San Diego State, along with a 0-0 draw at California. Their lone loss was a 1-0 defeat at Notre Dame.
Santa Clara is led offensively by Anessa Patton, who has accounted for three goals and one assist to total seven points. Lauren Matheson has logged two goals and two assists, while Julie Johnston has scored once and tallied three helpers. A total of six different Broncos have found the back of the net this year.
Bianca Henninger has seen all the action in goal for SCU, making 26 saves and allowing five goals, posting an .839 save percentage.
The Broncos are coached by Jerry Smith, now in his 24th season at the Santa Clara helm. Utah head coach Rich Manning was on the Santa Clara coaching staff under Smith before taking over at Utah in 2002.
Utah and UYSA to Celebrate Youth Soccer Day Sept. 23...
Utah Women's Soccer and the Utah Youth Soccer Association will celebrate Youth Soccer Day on at Ute Field on Thursday, Sept. 23. As part of Youth Soccer Month, the Utes and UYSA aim to increase awareness about the positive benefits of soccer and soccer programs throughout the state of Utah. The event will start at 6 p.m. MT with a tailgate atmosphere for youth, featuring free hotdogs and Powerade, Swoop and the U of U cheerleaders, an inflatable soccer challenge, a possible appearance from Real Salt Lake players and mascot, a coaching clinic and chances to win a free Utah scarf (10 will be given out). Players from the Utah Women's Soccer team will be appearing as well, prior to kickoff.
Turpen Leading the MWC in Saves...
Junior goalkeeper Hannah Turpen is averaging 4.88 saves per contest, ranking No.1 in the Mountain West Conference. At 4.88 saves per game, she is on pace to reach approximately 93 saves in the regular season, which would rank fourth all-time at Utah for stops in a single year. She also ranks No. 1 in the MWC in total saves at 39.
In Utah's last action, Turpen made three saves against Colorado College, which followed a four-save effort at Weber State as she earned her first win of the year.
Freshmen Making Huge Contributions...
Five freshmen started both games last week: defender Percie Allen, forward Jen Ericson, defender Jenny Hutton, forward Lexi Krantz and midfielder Leslie Muirhead. Two other freshmen have seen substantial action this year, including midfielder Stacy Fujikuni, and midfielder Harley Spier, who has also made a start this year.
Last Time Out...
Utah dropped a 3-0 decision to Colorado College at home after snatching a 3-2 victory on the road at Weber State.
SHOW YOUR SCARF!!
The SHOW YOUR SCARF! campaign is a season-long effort put forth by the Utah women's soccer team to raise awareness of the team, improve game atmosphere and fan experience, and raise season ticket sales. To find out more about the campaign, purchase your UTAH UTES scarf or participate in the ongoing fan photo contest, log on to the team's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/utahwsoccer or visit www.UtahUtes.com.