This Week on the Pitch:
Thursday, Oct. 11 (3:00 p.m. PT)
vs. San Jose State
Guy Wicks Field
Sunday, Oct. 14 (1:00 p.m. PT)
vs. Utah State
Guy Wicks Field
This Week's Opponents:
San Jose State (3-9-1)
San Jose State comes into the week at 3-9-1 overall and 1-3-0 in the WAC. The Spartans fell to Texas State and UTSA at home last weekend. SJSU gives up 2.15 goals per game and scores 1.00. Opponents are outshooting the Spartans by a margin of 2.2 per game. SJSU is 1-5 away from home this year, but earned a 1-0 overtime win in its last road game against New Mexico State on Sept. 30. The Spartans have primarily used two keepers this year. Zoe Makrigiannis has a team-leading 37 saves, but Emily Pryor leads with a 1.60 goals-against average.
Utah State (7-2-6)
Utah State leads the WAC with a 2-0-2 record and is 7-2-6 overall this year. The Aggies are undefeated in their last five matches (2-0-3) and have an active streak of 415 minutes without a goal allowed. USU is also undefeated (4-0-3) on Sundays this year. The Aggies average 16.7 shots and 1.27 goals per game while allowing 12.9 and just 0.53 goals per game. Their seven shutouts are the second-most this season among WAC teams. USU also ranks second in the conference with 5.5 corner kicks per match this year. Dating to last season, Utah State is undefeated in its last 10 WAC regular-season matches, with just one goal allowed during that span.
Vandals vs. Spartans
The matchup of epic warrior mascots has featured several exciting meetings. San Jose State holds a 5-3-1 series edge and eight of the nine meetings have been decided by one goal, including each of the last seven. The teams met twice last season, with the Spartans taking a 2-1 win during the regular season and the Vandals returning the favor with a 2-1 win at the WAC Tournament.
Vandals vs. Aggies
Along with Eastern Washington, Utah State is Idaho’s most-played opponent in women’s soccer. Sunday marks the 16th meeting between the two teams. The Aggies hold a 14-1-0 series lead with 11 consecutive victories, dating back to 2002. USU beat Idaho in the regular season last year, 3-0, then took a 1-0 victory in a gritty matchup in the WAC Tournament Semifinal.
Idaho and San Jose State have an odd knack for stealing each other’s thunder. In each of the last three meetings between these two teams, the winning team has scored a goal less than one minute after surrendering a score. Idaho earned a game-winning penalty kick 28 seconds after a score in 2010, SJSU snagged a goal 38 seconds after an Idaho score in the 2011 regular-season meeting, and then in the 2011 WAC Tournament, Idaho scored a tying goal just 20 seconds after the Spartans had taken a 1-0 lead.
Fixtures in the Lineup
Idaho seniors Chelsea Small (F), Megan Lopez (MF) and Jill Flockhart (MF), have started every game of their Idaho careers, 77 in a row and counting. They officially broke Idaho’s career starts record on Sept. 30 at UTSA, then broke the career games played record one week later at Seattle U on Oct. 7.
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