Oct. 29, 2012
This Week's Action
The University of Utah women's soccer team (8-8-2, 3-7-0 Pac-12) closes out the regular season on the road Friday at Colorado (8-8-3, 2-7-1 Pac-12). Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.
Winning Record Riding on Friday...
For the second straight year, the Utes come into their year-end match-up with Colorado needing a victory to finish the season with a winning record. Last year, the 9-9-1 Utes hosted the Buffaloes and won a 2-1 decision to finish the year at 10-9-1.
Road Weary Utes Hope to Finish Strong...
Utah heads to Colorado hoping to snap a four-game losing streak, all of which have come on the road. Should the Utes beat the Buffs, it would be their first road victory in Pac-12 Conference play since last season's conference opener at Oregon.
Utah is just 1-5-2 away from home this season and is now 2-12-3 in road games over the last two years. Conversely, Utah has been stellar at Ute Field over the last two seasons, posting a combined 14-4 record, including a 6-2 mark this season. Utah's goal differential at home this year was +9 as the Utes out-scored their opponents 14-5. Including neutral-site games, the Utes hold a differential of -7 as they were out-scored 14-7 away from Ute Field.
Scouting this Weekend's Opposition
Colorado enters Friday's game following a split with the Arizona schools that saw the Buffs defeat the Wildcats in Tucson, 3-0, then fall in double overtime at ASU, 2-1. With two conference wins to its credit, CU can avoid finishing last in the Pac-12 with a win over the Utes.
Anne Stuller is Colorado's top offensive threat, leading the team with eight goals and adding two assists for a team-high total of 18 points. Amy Barczuk has four goals for CU, while four other players have each scored twice. Quinn Krier leads the Buffs with five assists.
Annie Brunner is Colorado's top goalkeeper with a 1.11 goals-against-average and .761 save percentage. She has made 70 saves while giving up 22 goals and owns seven solo shutouts.
Colorado is coached by Danny Sanchez, who is finishing his first year directing the Buffaloes.
Series History Utah is 2-6 all-time against Colorado, including an 0-3 mark on the Buffs' home field. Utah will hope to pick up its first win in Boulder by spoiling Colorado's Senior Night on Friday. The Utes held off CU last season on their own Senior Night, coming back from a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1.
2012 Goal Tracker: 10 Different Utes Find the Back of the Net
Utah has had 10 different players score goals this season: junior midfielder Harley Spier (4), sophomore forward Katie Taylor (4), junior forward Allie Wisner (2), sophomore midfielder Avery Ford (2), sophomore forward Jill Robison (2), freshman midfielder Kaycee Buckley (2) and freshman forward Baylee Nielsen (2), have each scored multiple goals. Junior defender Jenny Hutton, sophomore midfielder Ashton Hall and freshman defender Megan Trabert have each scored once. Buckley, Hall, Nielsen, Hutton, Trabert and Wisner all scored their first career goals this season, while Robison (2), Taylor (2), Wisner (2), Ford and Trabert have each tallied game-winning goals.
Utah Shatters Home Attendance Record
Utah set a new school record for home attendance this season as an average of 1,208 fans took in Utah's eight home games this season. The previous school record was 844 fans per game in 1996.
Utes Finish 6-2 at Ute Field, Close Home Schedule with Emphatic Win
The Utes closed out the home portion of their schedule in style with an emphatic 3-1 victory against Oregon on Oct. 12 to improve to 6-2 on the year at Ute Field. Utah is now 14-4 over the last two seasons at home, with two of those losses coming to No. 2-ranked Stanford and No. 6-ranked UCLA.
The Utes allowed only six goals at home this season, with three of those goals coming in one game, as they outscored their opponents 13-6. Utah has posted four shutouts at home in each of the last two years.
Utah to Play Regular-Season Finale on Pac-12 Network
The Utes are 3-3 in televised games in 2012 and will appear live on the Pac-12 Network in Friday's season finale at Colorado.
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.
Defending NCAA champion Stanford was the clear preseason favorite in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll, leading the voting with 120 points and receiving 10 out of 12 first-place votes. The rest of the field, in order: 2. UCLA (111); 3. California (93); 4. Oregon State (86); 5. Washington (75); 6. Arizona State (70); 7. USC (66); t8. Utah (49); t8. Washington State (49); 10. Oregon (36); 11. Colorado (25); 12. Arizona (12).
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