This Week on the Pitch:
Friday, Oct. 26 (3:00 p.m. PT)
Guy Wicks Field
Sunday, Oct. 28 (1:00 p.m. PT)
vs. New Mexico State
Guy Wicks Field
This Week's Opponents:
Denver (12-1-4, 4-0-2)
Denver is on a 16-match unbeaten streak. The Pioneers are 12-0-4 since dropping their season opener to Colorado College, 1-0. DU has scored 3+ goals three times in WAC play and seven times overall this season. On the flip side, the Pioneers are second in the WAC with eight shutouts this season. DU averages a +7.4 shooting margin per game and has won seven matches by margins of two or more goals. Additionally, 11 different players have scored and 11 have assisted a goal this year. Senior goalkeeper Lara Campbell has five shutouts and 53 saves this season. She’s surrendered just 12 total goals in 1,544 minutes.
New Mexico State (2-12-3, 0-5-1)
New Mexico State has a deceptive record at 2-12-3 overall. The Aggies have seven losses by one-goal margins this year, three of which have come in overtime. NM State has taken seven opponents to extra time this season. The Aggies have scored just six goals all season, but have two scores in their last three matches, including an OT game-winner against CSU Bakersfield. NM State is outshot by an average of 15.1-9.9 this year and is the most-penalized team in the WAC, with 175 fouls, 18 yellow cards and two red cards this season. NM State has split goalkeeping duties between juniors Mikaela Bitner and Jessica Schutter. Bitner lead the team with a 1.41 goals-against average and 54 saves, but Schutter has started the last three matches.
Idaho will honor its 10 seniors on Sunday both before and after the match against New Mexico State. The 2012 senior class will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony and fans are encouraged to stick around for a full post-game celebration of the most successful four-year class in Idaho soccer history.
Vandals vs. Pioneers
Idaho and Denver have played once before, a 1-0 Pioneer victory on Aug. 29, 2004, in a tournament played at Missoula, Mont. DU enters the match ranked 30th in the NSCAA National Poll for this week. The last time a ranked opponent visited Guy Wicks Field was 2010, when the Vandal women played No. 21 Washington State in an exhibition match.
Vandals vs. Aggies
Idaho and New Mexico State have played three times since 2009 and recorded each of the three possible results. NM State won the first match, 3-2, then Idaho won in 2010, 4-1, and last season, the two tied, 1-1. Idaho is 1-0 against NM State at Guy Wicks Field. In the previous home match against the Aggies, four different Vandals scored, including three current seniors: Jill Flockhart, Erica Hart and Chelsea Small. Small has scored a goal in each of Idaho’s three games against NM State.
WAC Tournament Clinching
Idaho has a relatively simple path to the clinch a third-consecutive WAC Tournament bid. One win in either of their remaining two matches will ensure the Vandals at least a sixth-place finish, while two wins could bump Idaho up as high as third place, pending other weekend results. Idaho could potentially still advance with one or two draws, but would be eliminated with two losses.
Sharing is Caring
In Idaho soccer history, five players have earned double-digit career assists. Four of them are in Idaho’s 2012 senior class. Jill Flockhart and Lauren Layton are tied for second all-time at 15 dishes, while Chelsea Small is fourth at 13 and Megan Lopez is fifth at 10. Collectively, these four represent 24.3 percent of the total assists in Idaho program history.
Setting the New Standard
Idaho’s 1-0 shutout of Utah Valley on Sept. 21 gave the team’s 2012 seniors 35 combined victories. That total makes them the winningest four-year group in program history and surpasses the standard of 33 wins from the 1998-01 senior class. That class can also stake a claim to the first conference tournament berth in school history and the first postseason win.
Click on the PDF link above to view complete weekly notes.