Allie Wisner and the Utes visit No. 10 Stanford this Friday
Oct. 15, 2013
Matchup: Utah at No. 10 Stanford
Date: Friday, Oct. 18
Kickoff: 8 p.m. MT
Location: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
News and Notes
This Weekend's Action
Utah soccer (7-2-5, 3-1-1) remains on the road for just one game this weekend at No. 10 Stanford. The Utes currently rank second in the Pac-12 as league play hits the halfway point for the 2013 season. They will play the Cardinal on Friday at 8 p.m.
Utes Earn Dramatic Split in Washington
After dropping a 1-0 contest at UW on Friday, Katie Taylor capped an amazing afternoon with her team-leading fifth goal of the season as Utah grabbed a 4-3 overtime win on Sunday at Washington State.
Taylor, who scored the overtime winner against WSU last season, notched her second-game winner in 2013 when her chip from the right side of the field fell inside the far post in the 104th minute. It was the first overtime win for the Utes this season after tying their first five times.
Utah led 3-0 at halftime on two goals by Megan Trabert and a tally by Taylor Slattery. However, WSU scored three goals in 11 minutes to even the score and force extra time. Jenny Hutton picked up two assists, pushing her team-leading total to four and sophomore Lindsey Luke made eight saves.
For Utah, it was their first conference win on the road since their inaugural contest at Oregon in 2011. Since then, the Utes were 0-10-1 having been out-scored 24-2. The goals for Utah against WSU were their first on the road since Aug. 23, the first weekend of the season.
Utes Listed at No. 5 in Pacific Region
In Monday's NSCAA regional rankings, the Utes stayed steady at No. 5 in the Pacific Region, its highest mark of the season. Utah ranks 43rd in the latest RPI and is one of eight Pac-12 schools to be ranked in the top 50. The last time Utah was ranked in the final NSCAA Poll was in 2006 when the Utes finished 23rd in the country.
Utes Off to Best Start Since 2002
With only one loss in their first 12 contests, Utah matched the mark set by the 2002 team that started 9-1-2 and ended 13-4-3. That squad qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Luke Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke was named Defensive Player of the Week for Pac-12 Women's Soccer for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6.
Luke earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording consecutive shutouts in two 1-0 wins against Oregon and Oregon State over the weekend. The three-straight shutouts in league play are the most since 2006. Luke has seven shutouts on the season, which is one shy of the all-time Ute mark of eight set in 2003.
The sophomore from Corona Del Mar, Calif., has allowed only five goals in 993:53 minutes of action this season for a goals-against average of 0.45. Her save percentage (.906) ranks ninth nationally. The Utes have only lost two games, one in league play, thanks in large part to their defense.
11 Different Utes Find the Net
Utah has had 11 different players score goals this season: Katie Taylor leads the way with five, Baylee Nielsen, Taylor Slattery and Allie Wisner are tied with three goals apiece, Ashton Hall, 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, a freshman, and Taylor, have two game-winners for the Utes while Nielsen, Wisner and Rigby have all tallied deciders.
Stanford Cardinal (9-3-1, 2-3-0)
No. 10 Stanford will attempt to halt a rare three-match losing streak when it concludes a five-match conference-opening homestand. This also is Homecoming Weekend at Stanford, and the women’s soccer program will honor its alumnae at halftime.
Season highlights have included Courtney Verloo’s dramatic hat trick to allow Stanford to beat Santa Clara, 3-2, in double overtime on Sept. 22. Verloo’s goals all came on dead-ball plays, including in the final minute of regulation to tie the score. She earned NSCAA national player of the week honors. Minnesota transfer Taylor Uhl scored 10 goals in her first 10 matches, including three consecutive two-goal performances, against Maryland, Iowa State, and Saint Mary’s.
The All-Time Series
Utah is 1-4 all-time against Stanford with the only victory occurring in the 2006 opener. The Utes topped the Cardinal, 2-1, in Santa Clara, but have never scored in their two contests at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. In their last matchup here, then No. 1-ranked Stanford won a 4-0 decision at home in Palo Alto, Calif. Last season in SLC, Nina Watkins' early goal was the difference in a 1-0 Cardinal victory.
UCLA was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2013 regular season Pac-12 title. The 2012 Conference runner-ups collected 117 points and 7-of-11 possible first-place votes. Four-time defending Conference champion Stanford was a close second, tallying 115 points.
Behind them were California (99), Washington (77), Arizona State (74), Oregon State (70), Washington State (70), USC (65), Utah (37), Colorado (27), Oregon (21) and Arizona (15).
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.