Oct. 16, 2013
The Colorado State Rams return home after having completed one of the most successful weeks in program history. Playing on the road, CSU secured its first win over a Division I opponent with a 1-0 win at Nevada before falling in the final minutes in a 1-0 loss at UNLV. The Rams return home for a pair of conference matches that mark the last home matches for Colorado State in its inaugural season.
Ready to continue its first season in program history, the Colorado State women's soccer team is not backing away from some of the premier programs in the sport. The Rams have brought in five transfer students, including two Fort Collins locals, Megan Speed and Jami Vaughn, with NCAA Division-I experience.
Scouting Report on Utah State
- The Aggies enter the match with a 7-5-2 record and 3-2 record in conference play.
- Utah State is 4-3-1 this year away from home and are concluding its season-high three-match road streak at CSU.
- The Aggies return nine starters from last year's team that won the Western Athletic Conference.
- Utah State's defense has been tough to deal with. The Aggies rank fourth in the MW allowing just 1.03 goals per match.
- The Broncos enter the match with an 8-5-2 record and 3-2 record in conference play.
- Boise State has been tested on the road numerous times this season and has a 5-5 record in road matches.
- With 19 goals this season, Boise State's offense ranks second in the Mountain West.
- Five different players have scored multiple goals this season for the Broncos.
- In 15 matches, Boise State has seven shutouts.
Utah State: Senior forward Jennifer Flynn has led the way for Utah State this season on offense. Flynn leads the team in both points and goals. With four goals on the season and nine points total, Flynn ranks sixth and eighth in the Mountain West, respectively. Flynn also has a way of scoring timely goals as she ranks third in the conference with two game-winning goals.
Boise State: Junior goalie Maddy McDevitt has been almost unpenetrable this season. McDevitt has a conference-leading seven shutouts to her name this season and leads the Mountain West allowing just 0.83 goals per match. McDevitt is also eighth in the conference in saves and fifth in save percentage.
A Pair of Wins Will...
- Give Colorado State its first-ever program victories at home
- Improve CSU to 3-5 in MW play with a chance to qualify for the postseason tournament.
- Improve Head Coach Bill Hempen's career record to 280-196-46. He currently ranks No. 19 among Division I active coaches in all-time wins.
Going the Distance
Through 13 matches this season, junior defenders Megan Speed and Jami Vaughn have played every single possible minute this season. The juniors are two of just five players (not including goalies) in the Mountain West to have accomplished this feat. Colorado State is the only team in the conference to have multiple players play every minute this season.
Last Time Out
The Colorado State Rams picked up a historic win on Friday night as it knocked off Nevada 1-0 to secure the program's first victory over a Division I opponent.
Sasha Pchenitchnikova scored the lone goal for CSU in the 38th minute, and the Rams did enough defending late in the match to preserve the shutout and the win.
In the second match of the week, CSU traveled to Las Vegas, Nev. to take on the UNLV Rebels. After a hard-fought first half that found the two teams scoreless, the Rebels found a way to sneak the ball past junior goalkeeper Maggie Sherman in the 70th minute.
Sherman tied a career high with nine saves as Colorado State lost 1-0.
Fort Collins Soccer Complex - Home of the Rams
Located northeast of the Colorado State campus, FCSC serves as the Home of Rams Soccer. CSU's pitch is at the far northeast corner of the complex.
Directions: Take I-25 north to Exit 271, Mountain Vista. Turn west (left) on Mountain Vista and then north (right) on the frontage road. Continue 1.5 miles on the frontage road, crossing Richards Lake Rd. Address: 3955 NW Frontage Rd.
Colorado State will begin its third three-match road streak of the season next week. The Rams will take on Fresno State on Oct. 25 before traveling to San Jose to take on the San Jose State Spartans on Oct. 27 to conclude Mountain West play.
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