Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Final home matches|
Utah State Aggies
Utah State is 11-4-1 this season and comes into Friday on a three-match win streak, during which time the Aggies have outscored their opponents, 7-1. USU averages 1.56 goals per contest and is allowing an average of just 0.81, with six shutouts this year. Senior forward Shantel Flanary leads the team with 20 points (9g, 2a), while sophomore midfielder Kendra Pemberton has added five goals and seven assists for 17 points, and leads the team with 46 shots. Senior goalkeeper Molli Merrill has made 53 saves and allowed just 11 goals in 1419 minutes this year.
Utah State head coach Heather Cairns is in her ninth year with the Aggies. She holds a career record of 86-74-18, all at USU. The Aggies were picked first in the WAC Preseason Coaches Poll after returning nine starters and 14 letterwinners from the team that went 5-2-1 in the WAC and tied for the regular-season title last year. The last meeting between Idaho and USU was a 2-0 Aggie win at Logan. The last game at Guy Wicks Field was a thrilling 2-1 double-OT USU win in 2009.
Nevada Wolf Pack
Nevada enters Sunday’s match with a 3-13-0 overall record and a 1-2 record in its last three matches, including a pair of overtime contests. The Wolf Pack has scored just 10 goals this season, but four have come in the team’s last three matches. Sophomore forward Kori Disarufino leads the team with three goals and two game-winners on 29 shots, while 10 different players have registered a point for the team this year. Goalkeeping duties have been split nearly evenly between senior Jenna Riddle and junior Dana Moreno. Riddle leads the team with 50 saves anda 2.13 goals-against average, while Moreno has 38 stops and a 2.26 GAA.
Nevada is coached by Dr. Melissa Price, who is in her second season with the program. She holds a 10-22-3 career record, all with the Wolf Pack. Nevada returned four starters and nine letterwinners from the team that went 7-9-3 overall and finished sixth in the WAC last year. Idaho won the last meeting between the teams, 1-0, on a last-minute goal at Reno, Nev.
The Vandals enter the week riding a three-match unbeaten streak, during which time the team is 2-0-1. Idaho became the first WAC team to register points in multiple road games with a 1-1 tie at New Mexico State, followed by a 1-0 win at Louisiana Tech. Idaho’s seven points in the WAC standings put the Vandals in sole possession of third place entering the team’s final two conference matches.
Junior forward Chelsea Small leads Idaho with 21 points (9g, 3a), while junior midfielder Jill Flockhart’s six assists are the most by a Vandal this year. Seven different Vandals have scored a goal this season and nine different players have dished up an assist. Sunday’s match will be Senior Day for the team’s lone senior, defender Alison Page. There will be a presentation to recognize Page in the pregame of Sunday’s match against Nevada.