Senior Melissa Wayman has two goals and an assist this season
Sept. 19, 2006
Utah (4-4-0) begins the final stretch of its nonconference schedule. The Utes take on Idaho State (3-4-0) on Friday at 4:00 p.m. (MST) at Davis Field in Pocatello, Idaho, to finish a string of three consecutive road games. Utah then returns home to host Utah State (2-5-0) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (MST) at Ute Field.
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The Utes are 4-4-0 and have lost three in a row after winning four of their first five games. Last weekend, Utah dropped a pair or road games to Big Ten Conference teams, falling to No. 24 Purdue, 2-0, on Friday and No. 18 Illinois, 4-1, on Sunday.
Adele Letro (F, 5-8, So.) leads the Utes in points (8) with a team-high four goals. Melissa Wayman (M, 5-10, Sr.) and Hailey Marsh (F, 5-8, Sr.) are tied for second in points with two goals and an assist each. Amanda Feigt (F, 5-11, Sr.) leads the Utes with four assists. Goalkeeper Ashley Mason (5-9, Sr.) has played all but six and a half minutes this season. Mason has a 1.48 goals against average with 30 saves and 12 goals allowed. She also has one shutout.
Utah has a 107-88 advantage in shots, but has deficits of 38-22 in corner kicks and 12-10 in goals. The Utes have a 1.47 goals against average while their opponents have a 1.23 mark.
In The Rankings
Utah is 10th in the NSCAA West Region rankings, dropping six spots from last week.
The Utes are 14th in the Soccer Buzz West Region ranking, falling six spots from last week.
Scouting Idaho State
The Bengals are 3-4-0 overall and 1-1-0 at home this season. Idaho State took last weekend off. The Bengals dropped their last two games, losing 2-1 at San Jose State on Sept. 8 and 1-0 at UC Davis on Sept. 10. Michelle Okumura (M, 5-6, Jr.) leads ISU with four goals. Annamarie Hofstetter (M, 5-11, Fr.) is second on the team with seven points, tallying a goal and a team-best five assists. Lyndsay Gensler (GK, 6-1, Sr.) has played the majority of the minutes in goal this season. Gensler has a 1.19 goals against average with six goals allowed and 21 saves. Allison Gibson is in her first year as the Bengals' head coach.
The Series With The Bengals
Utah has never lost to Idaho State with a 3-0-2 record. The Utes are 1-0-1 versus the Bengals in Pocatello, Idaho. The teams last met on Nov. 13, 2003 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City. The game ended in a 0-0 tie with Idaho State advancing to the second round after winning the shootout. During its last trip to Pocatello, Utah won 2-0 on Sept. 25, 2003.
Scouting Utah State
The Aggies are 2-5-0 overall and 1-0-0 on the road this season. Utah State plays at Southern Utah on Friday afternoon before facing the Utes. After opening the season with a pair of wins, the Aggies have lost five in a row. Last weekend they dropped a home game to Brigham Young 1-0 in overtime.
Dana Peart (M, 5-1, Jr.) leads the Aggies with a goal and an assist. Both Sierra Smith (M, 5-6, Sr.) and Andra Hansen (M, 5-7, Jr.) have also scored a goal this season. Ali Griffin (GK, 5-8, So.) has played every minute in goal for the Aggies. Griffin has a 1.24 goals against average with nine goals allowed and 31 saves. Head coach Heather Cairns has a 25-32-7 career record in her fourth season at Utah State.
The Series With The Aggies
Utah is undefeated against Utah State with a 7-0-1 record in the series. The Utes have a 4-0-0 record in Salt Lake City. In their meeting last season, Utah won 3-0 on Sept. 22 in Logan, Utah. In the previous game played at Ute Field, Utah won 1-0 in overtime on Sept. 26, 2004.
On last weekend: "The bottom line from our trip was that we didn't play to our standards in either game and were not able to get a result. We made some fundamental errors in our team defending at critical moments and we paid the price. I do not think we were mentally tough enough as well. We played two good teams who were on their home fields and very motivated. We didn't fight back enough when either Purdue or Illinois landed a blow. Also, we were not willing to scrap for a chance or a goal when we really needed it. We have always taken great pride in both our defense and our mental toughness. This was a clear reminder that we must bring those for 90 minutes each game."
"Getting past the disappointment, we actually played some terrific soccer. We created some great opportunities and should have scored a few more goals. We possessed the ball for long stretches against two good teams. If we have to learn some lessons, it's good that it happens now. We look forward to correcting those right away. I have great confidence in our team and know that we'll continue to get stronger."
On this weekend: "Idaho State is a good team with some terrific young talent. They haven't played a game in a couple of weeks and will be rested and extremely prepared for us. We have a recent history of close and memorable games with them. It will be fun to renew that rivalry. For our team, it will be a chance to get back on the horse and see if we can play with a tougher mentality in a road environment."
"Utah State has also had some exciting contests with us in the past few years. Several of our recent games have gone into overtime. Their speed of play is very good and it will be a game that will go down to the wire. We hope to have another good crowd on hand on Sunday for the Aggies."
Adele Letro has already accumulated 28 points eight games into her sophomore season at Utah.
Senior Amanda Feigt has 19 assists in her career to rank second all-time at the U.
Senior Ashley Mason is Utah's career leader in goals against average (.772).
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.
The Utes have scored a season-high two goals in four games this season.
Utah has been shutout twice, with those coming in a 1-0 loss at No. 2 Santa Clara on Aug. 27 and a 2-0 loss at No. 24 Purdue on Sept. 15.
The Utes recorded their first shutout of the season against Fresno State on Sept. 8 in a 2-0 win.
Utah's three-game losing streak equals its longest under head coach Rich Manning. The Utes also lost three in a row last season from Sept. 25-Oct. 2.
Illinois' four goals on Sept. 17 equals the most given up by the Utes under Rich Manning. The mark was established with a 4-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 18, 2005. The most goals scored by a Ute opponent all-time was six by BYU on Nov. 4, 2000.
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 wrap-up their nonconference season against Pepperdine on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Ute Field. Utah then opens Mountain West Conference play at home, taking on UNLV on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 3:00 p.m. and BYU on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1:00 p.m.