Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Vandals back at it|
This Week on the Pitch:
Friday, Sept. 21 (3:00 p.m. PT)
vs. Utah Valley
Guy Wicks Field
Sunday, Sept. 23 (11:30 a.m. PT)
Las Vegas, Nevada
This Week's Opponents:
Utah Valley University (1-6-1)
With four overtime losses already this season, Utah Valley has had an unlucky stretch to start the year. All six of the team’s losses are by one-goal margins and five of the team’s last six games have gone to extra time. UVU averages 12.4 shots per game and gives up 19.2. The Wolverines earn nearly four corners per game. Keepers Jessica Duffin and Lauren Sack have split minutes close to evenly in goal, with comparable individual numbers, but Sack has started the last three matches.
UNLV may be one of the hottest teams in the West right now. The Rebels enter the week on a six-match win streak that includes victories over Oklahoma and Florida Gulf Coast. UNLV is 5-1-0 at home this season, with 15-8 scoring margin in those matches. During current win streak, the Rebels are averaging three goals per game and allowing just 0.83 scores per game. UNLV averages 7.1 shots on goal per game and gives up just 3.8 to its opponents. UNLV has 11 different goal scorers on its 22 goals this season. Junior keeper Kylie Wassell has started all 10 games and has a 1.25 GAA with 24 saves and three shutouts.
Vandals vs. Wolverines
Friday will be the sixth meeting between Idaho and UVU since 2006. The Wolverines hold a 3-2-0 series edge, including a 1-0 win last year at the Montana Nike Cup. Idaho had won back-to-back matches in 2010 and 2011 by a combined score of 6-1. The last time UVU came to Moscow, Idaho took away a 3-1 victory on Aug. 30, 2009. Current senior Chelsea Small scored the game-winner in that contest.
Vandals vs. Rebels
Idaho and UNLV have played just once in series history and that match was 12 years ago on Sept. 7, 2000. The Rebels took a 2-3 home win on the first day of the UNLV Classic tournament. Idaho hasn’t played UNLV in more than a decade, but the Vandals opened last season with a pair of ties against UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine at the UNLV Rebel Classic on the same field.
In Case You Were Wondering...
Idaho freshman Meli Cortez has two goals, two assists and six points through the first 10 games of her career. Idaho’s freshman record for goals is shared at nine by Sara Best in 1999, then matched by Emily Nelson in 2000. Best and Megan Cummings (1998) set the freshman standard in assists with five, while Best’s 23 points in 1999 are the most by a Vandal freshman in a single season.
Setting the New Standard
Idaho’s 2-0 victory over North Dakota State on Aug. 26 gave its seniors the 33rd win of their careers. The group needs just one more win to become the winningest four-year group in program history. Idaho’s 2001 seniors won a combined 33 matches across the 1998-01 seasons.
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