Coming Up This Week:
Idaho (5-8-2, 1-2 WAC) makes the difficult road trek to New Mexico State (8-6-1, 1-2 WAC) on Friday and Louisiana Tech (8-4-4, 1-2 WAC) on Sunday. Idaho swept the season series against NMSU and LTU last year, but split the games the last time the Vandals made the cross-country road trip in 2009. Friday's match kicks off at 6 p.m. (PDT), while Sunday's game is at 11 a.m. (PDT). Live stats and live video will be available for both games at NMStateSports.com and LATechSports.com, respectively.
New Mexico State Aggies
New Mexico State enters the weekend at 8-6-1 overall after splitting a loss at Utah State (2-0) and a home overtime win against Nevada (2-1). The Aggies are 1-2 in WAC play and 6-1 overall at home this season. After winning six of their first eight matches, the Aggies are 2-4-1 in their last seven. As a team, NMSU has 23 goals by nine different players and 14 assists from 11 players. The NMSU defense has posted six shutouts this season, and sophomore keeper Erin Wosick leads the team with 12 appearances in goal, 46 saves and a 1.02 goals-against average.
New Mexico State is led by first-year head coach Blair Quinn, who holds an 8-6-1 career record. The Aggies went 7-8-3 overall and 1-6-1 in the WAC last year. They returned seven starters and seven letter winners this season. The series dates to 2009, New Mexico State’s inaugural year of soccer. The Aggies won the first meeting in Las Cruces, 3-2, and Idaho won at Guy Wicks Field last year, 4-1.
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters
Louisiana Tech is 8-4-4 overall, 1-2 in the WAC and holds an undefeated home record of 4-0-1. Idaho is LA Tech’s only opponent over the weekend. Tech has outscored its opponents 26-11 overall and has posted 10 shutouts in 16 games this season. LTU lost a pair of road matches last weekend, 3-2 in overtime at Nevada and 3-1 at Utah State. Senior defender Olivia Lukasewich leads the team with six goals and 13 points, while fellow senior defender Scotti Culton leads LTU with six assists this year.
Louisiana Tech head coach Kevin Sherry is in his fifth season at LTU. He has a 120-65-25 career record in his 11th overall year as a head coach and a 47-36-11 record with the Lady Techsters. LTU returned 10 starters and 15 letter winners from the team that went 15-6 overall, 5-3 in the WAC and, like Idaho, qualified for its first WAC Tournament. Idaho leads the all-time series by a 3-0-3 margin. The Vandals won last year’s meeting, 2-0, in Moscow. Four of the six matches in the series have gone to overtime.
Idaho earned its first WAC win of the season last week with a 4-2 victory over Hawai`i at Guy Wicks Field. Four different Vandals scored and four different players dished out assists in the balanced effort. Junior forward Chelsea Small added the Idaho career points record to her already-long list of accomplishments with an assist in the first half. Small is now Idaho’s all-time leader in shots (292), goals (28) and points (67). Junior midfielder Jill Flockhart added a pair of assists in the match, which gives her 10 for her career (tied for third all-time) and 26 career points (seventh all-time).
The Vandals will make the always-difficult road trip to New Mexico State on Friday, followed by Louisiana Tech on Sunday. Adding to the difficulty level will be the fact that Idaho is the only opponent for both teams this weekend. The Vandals will also try to win their first true road game of the year this weekend. Idaho is 0-5 on the road and 1-1-2 at neutral sites this year.
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