Ali Forsberg and the Utes play their last Pac-12 road games of the season this weekend
Oct. 29, 2013
Matchup: Utah at Arizona
Date: Friday, Nov. 1
Kickoff: 4 p.m. MT
Location: Murphey Stadium
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Matchup: Utah at Arizona State
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3
Kickoff: Noon MT
Location: Sun Devil Soccer Stadium
TV: Pac-12 Networks
News and Notes
This Weekend's Action
Utah soccer (8-3-6, 4-2-2) makes its final road trip of the season when it travels to take on Arizona at 3 p.m. on Friday and Arizona State at noon on Sunday. The Utes are currently fighting for a NCAA berth and sit third in the Pac-12 with three games remaining. Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
Utah Stays Unblemished at Home
Utah soccer kept its unbeaten mark at home this season intact with a 1-1 draw against No. 2 UCLA on Friday and a 1-0 victory over USC on Sunday.
The Utes received an early goal on Friday from Ashton Hall, her third of the season, and played the second-ranked Bruins evenly. Hall’s goal marked the first time all season that the Bruins had fallen behind in league play. In fact, UCLA had only trailed for 15 minutes the entire year entering the match and led the nation with a 0.32 goals against average.
Utah got the game-winner on Sunday from Allie Wisner in the 76th minute and topped the visiting Trojans. The senior followed up a rebound off a Hall shot for her fourth goal of the season and second game-winner.
Utes Ranked No. 30 Nationally
Utah is currently receiving votes in the latest NSCAA National Poll, ranking 30th overall. The last time Utah was ranked in the final NSCAA Poll was in 2006 when the Utes finished 23rd in the country. Utah is also currently No. 25 in the latest Soccer America National Poll, jumping into the rankings this week.
In Monday’s NSCAA regional rankings, the Utes were pegged at No. 4 in the Pacific Region, their highest mark of the season. Utah ranks 37th in the latest RPI and is one of eight Pac-12 schools to be ranked in the top 60.
Luke Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Utes keep their unbeaten home mark intact this past weekend in a 1-1 draw against No. 2 UCLA and a 1-0 win over USC.
Luke matched the single-season shutout mark set by Ashley Mason in 2003 with her eighth blanking of the season against the Trojans on Sunday. The redshirt sophomore also made eight saves in a tie against the second-ranked Bruins.
Luke has allowed only seven goals in 1283:53 minutes of action this season for a goals-against average of 0.49, 12th in the nation. Her save percentage (.909) ranks fourth nationally and she leads the league in saves (70) and saves per game (5.4).
For her efforts on the pitch, Luke was also named the College Sports Madness Pac-12 Player of the Week and CollegeSoccer360.com's National Goalkeeper of the Week.
11 Different Utes Find the Net
Utah has had 11 different players score goals this season: Katie Taylor leads the way with five, Allie Wisner has four, Baylee Nielsen, Ashton Hall and Taylor Slattery are tied with three goals apiece, Avery Ford and Megan Trabert have each bagged a pair and Ali Forsberg, Jenny Hutton, Katie Rigby and Kaycee Buckley have all tallied once. Wisner, Slattery and Taylor have two game-winners for the Utes while Nielsen, Wisner and Rigby have all tallied deciders.
Utah Individual Rankings
Katie Taylor currently leads the Utes with five goals and 13 points for the season. The junior is also second on the team in assists. Junior Ashton Hall and defender Jenny Hutton are tied for the team lead with four assists.
In league play, Taylor Slattery (2G), Megan Trabert (2G), Hall (1G, 2A) and Taylor (1G, 2A) are all tied for the team lead with four points apiece. In the Pac-12, three players have scored four goals with two players notching four assists to lead the league in those respective categories.
Trabert’s two goals against Washington State marked the first multi-goal game for a Utah player since the team joined the Pac-12 (Erin Dailey, TCU, 2010).
Arizona sits at 7-6-4 on the season after dropping a 4-0 decision to Washington State on Friday and tying Washington, 2-2 on Sunday. Trailing by two goals against the Huskies, the Wildcats remained resilient getting goals from Alexandra Doller, her sixth, and Kaitlyn Lopez. The Wildcats outshot the Huskies, 22-7, with senior Jazmin Ponce leading the team with seven. On the season, Ponce leads the team in goals with 10. Junior goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman has recorded a total of 81 saves with a save percentage of .786. Kaufman has held four teams scoreless and is ranked No. 1 overall for saves with 81, averaging 4.76 saves per game.
Arizona State Sun Devils
ASU has made the NCAA Tournament three times out of the last four years, a feat that has only been accomplished one other time in program history. Senior Devin Marshall and sophomore Cali Farquharson combine to average 1.1 goals per game the third-highest average in the conference. Sophomore Sara Tosti was moved to the front line this season after spending her freshman year playing defender. She is currently third on the team in scoring (four goals, one assist) and notched the game-winner vs. No. 2 Stanford. senior midfielder Holland Crook leads the team with six assists and sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Morris has tallied five shutouts.
The Utes are 5-6 all-time against Arizona and have earned a pair of wins in Tucson. In last year's match, Shannon Heinzler scored with two seconds left in double overtime to give the Wildcats a win on their home turf. Utah recorded 19 shots but UA goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman made 12 saves. The Utes' last victory in Tucson came in the 2007 season opener by a margin of 2-1.
Utah is 3-3 all-time against Arizona State and will head into Sunday’s match looking for its first victory against the Sun Devils in Tempe. Last season, the Utes were throttled 4-1 in the desert with the lone bright spot being a goal from Kaycee Buckley. Utah also held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks but was out-shot 15-11.
Utah Closes Regular Season with Three Straight on Pac-12 Network
The Utes are unbeaten in televised games for the 2013 season and will appear live on the Pac-12 Network for the final three games of the regular season. Upcoming televised games include: Nov. 1 at Arizona, Nov. 3 at Arizona State and Nov. 8 vs. Colorado. The game against the Buffaloes also serves as Senior Day for seven Ute student-athletes
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.
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.