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This Week in WAC Soccer - Oct. 9
Courtesy: Utah State

WAC TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

Denver Pioneers (9-1-4, 1-0-2 WAC )
Denver will remain on the road this weekend, as the Pioneers travel to New Mexico State on Friday for a 3 p.m. MT kickoff ... the Pioneers and LA Tech tied last Friday, the second-consecutive draw for DU ... that two-match stretch marks the third-time in program history and the first time in conference play that the Pioneers have split the points in consecutive matches ... this weekend's results stretched the Pioneers' unbeaten streak to 13 matches ... despite a scoreless weekend, junior forward Kristen Hamilton (Littleton, Colo.) and senior forward Kaitlin Bast (Centennial, Colo.) remain atop the WAC charts in points, and Hamilton leads the conference in goals.

Idaho Vandals (3-11-1, 0-2-1 WAC)
Idaho fell to 3-11-1 overall and 0-2-1 in Western Athletic Conference play ... after playing road games for the last three weekends, Idaho will return home this weekend to host San Jose State and Utah State on Thursday and Sunday, respectively ... senior forward Chelsea Small leads the WAC in shots (67) and shots per game (4.47).

Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (10-1-3, 1-0-1 WAC)
After this past weekend's results, LA Tech remains undefeated at home this season with a 6-0-1 record ... the win and tie versus New Mexico State and Denver, respectively, marked the best conference start to the season in program history ... LA Tech now has nine shutouts on the season after the shutout versus New Mexico State ... fourteen games into the season, LA Tech defense has only allowed five goals total ... LA Tech is currently riding an eight-game unbeaten streak.

New Mexico State Aggies (1-9-3, 0-2-1 WAC)
In the first road match of the 2012 WAC season, the New Mexico State soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss at Louisiana Tech, Oct. 7 ... the Aggie defense continued its strong play against the Lady Techsters, and has only allowed two goals in three conference contests this year ... in a tightly contested game, the Aggies and Lady Techsters combined for only seven shots on goal.

San Jose State Spartans (3-9-1, 1-3-0 WAC)
San Jose State University travels to Guy Wicks Field to take on the University of Idaho Vandals on Thursday, October 11 ... the Spartans then host the Seattle University Redhawks on Sunday, October 14 ... San Jose State will look to get back on track after home losses to WAC newcomers Texas State and UTSA ... senior Kelsey Lord's 156 career shots are the third most taken in San Jose State women's soccer history.

Seattle U Redhawks (7-5-1, 2-0-1 WAC)

Stephanie Verdoia recorded a hat trick in the team's 5-1 win over Idaho on Oct. 7 ... Ava Ames and Kat Prati recorded their first assists of the season and Prati scored her first goal of the season ... the Oct. 7 match was the team's annual Pink Game for the breast cancer awareness, with proceeds from the game going to benefit the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen ... Stephanie Verdoia, Kat Prati and Julia Moravec led the team with three shots a piece ... the Redhawks outshot the Vandals, 14-10, over the match.

UTSA Roadrunners (2-8-2, 1-1-2 WAC)
UTSA picked up its first Western Athletic Conference victory on Sunday with a 2-1 triumph at San Jose State ... junior Maria Rojas and freshman Simone Boye each scored a goal in the contest and are tied for the team lead with a pair of winners on the season ... freshman goalie Katarina Pus tied a season-high with nine saves in the match's first 71 minutes before junior Ari Calderon closed out the win ... Pus leads the conference with 72 saves on the season including 26 in WAC play ... the Roadrunners play their final non-conference contest of the season on Thursday against CSU Bakersfield before hosting Louisiana Tech on Sunday.

Texas State Bobcats (5-9-1, 2-2-0 WAC)
Texas State posted its first road win of the conference season over San Jose State on Friday ... the win put the Bobcats in first place after Friday's game ... Texas State has scored at least two goals in each of its conference wins this season ... Texas State has scored 19 goals this year, ranking fourth in the WAC ... those 19 goals have all come in just nine games ... for the Bobcats, Tori Hale has assisted on three of Lynsey Curry's four goals this year ... Hale also assisted on Lynsey's sister Sydney's goal earlier this year.

Utah State Aggies (7-2-6, 2-0-2 WAC)
The four goals that Utah State scored against Texas State was the most scored since the Aggies' 6-1 win against Idaho State on Sept. 11, 2011 ...  for the first time since joining the WAC in 2005  Utah State has started conference play with four-straight shutouts ... senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford is up to 10th in the nation in save percentage (.900) in this week's NCAA statistics ... as a team, USU is now fifth in save percentage (.899). 

WAC NOTES


WAC SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive: Stephanie Verdoia, So., F, Seattle U

Verdoia, a sophomore forward from Salt Lake City, Utah (Brighton HS), scored a hat trick in the team's 5-1 victory over Idaho on Oct. 7, the third hat trick for the team this season. Verdoia leads the team this season with seven goals, 15 points and 33 shots (14 on goal). She's also recorded a three-game winning streak.

Other offensive nominees included: San Jose State junior midfielder Megan Molina ... Texas State freshman forward Lynsey Curry ... Utah State junior midfielder Jennifer Flynn. 

Defensive: Natalie Norris, Sr., D, Utah State

Norris, a senior defender from Sandy, Utah (Alta HS), played every minute in two shutout victories for the Aggies last week against UTSA and Texas State. Norris is the anchor of the USU backline that has pitched four-straight WAC shutouts to start the season. In the win against UTSA the senior recorded a defensive save to help preserve the 3-0 shutout victory. She also converted a penalty kick with one second remaining in the match. 

Other defensive nominees included: Louisiana Tech sophomore midfielder Andrea Weng ... New Mexico State senior defender Courtney Irwin ... San Jose State senior defender Helen Phan.

Goalkeeper: Ashlyn Mulford, Sr., GK, Utah State

Mulford, a senior goalkeeper from West Valley City, Utah (Cyprus HS), earned one shutout and combined for a second as Utah State earned two home wins against UTSA and then-first-place Texas State. Mulford has yet to allow a goal in WAC action, playing three of the four league matches. In two matches, the senior faced 21 shots with four saves. In the 3-0 win against the Roadrunners, Mulford mad two saves and added another two in the 4-0 victory against the Bobcats. 

Other goalkeeper nominees included: Louisiana Tech freshman goalkeeper Corina Brown ... San Jose State freshman goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis.

WEEK 7 HIGHLIGHTS
Utah State jumped to the top of the WAC standings, finishing the week with eight points. The Aggies picked up six of those points over the weekend, recording two shutouts against UTSA and Texas State, respectively. Jennifer Flynn recorded nine shots, netting two goals for USU in two games. Seattle U's Stephanie Verdoia tallied six points in the Redhawks' 5-1 win over Idaho.

DENVER RANKED 24th-NATIONALLY THIS WEEK, Two WAC TEAMS RANKED IN THE TOP-10 WEST REGION
For the third-straight week, Denver has earned a spot in the Soccer America women's top-25 poll The Pioneers are ranked No. 24 this week, sandwiched between Notre Dame at No. 23 and Virginia at No. 25.  The Pioneers are also receiving votes in both the NSCAA poll and the Soccer Times top-25 poll. In the NSCAA West Regional Poll, Denver is ranked fourth, while Utah State is 10th.

2012 WAC TOURNAMENT

The 2012 Western Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament will be held at the Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah Nov. 1-2 and 4. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Utah State ticket office at (435) 797-0305.

2012 NCAA COLLEGE CUP

The 32nd Annual Women’s College Cup will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, 2012, in San Diego, Calif., at the University of San Diego Torero Stadium. Last season, the WAC had one team compete in postseason play with Utah State falling in the fi rst round to Auburn. The following is a list of sites and dates for the 2012 NCAA Tournament:

First/Second Rounds (16)
November 9, 10 or 11, 2012
On campus sites TBD

Third Rounds (8)
November 16 & 18, 2012
On campus sites TBD

Quarterfinals (4)
November 23, 24, or 25, 2012
On campus sites TBD

Women’s College Cup
November 30 and December 2, 2012
Host: University of San Diego
San Diego, Calif.
Torero Stadium

Soccer-W
WAC
Overall
Missouri-Kansas City
7-1-1
11-4-3
Seattle U
7-1-1
11-4-2
Utah Valley
7-2-0
12-5-2
Grand Canyon
6-3-0
7-9-1
Bakersfield
3-6-0
4-14-1
New Mexico State
3-7-0
4-16-0
Texas-Pan American
2-7-1
8-8-4
Chicago State
0-8-1
1-16-1
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Grand Canyon -
UMKC -
New Mexico State -
Seattle U -
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