Soccer Travels to the Pacific Northwest for a Pair of Matches
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah soccer team is off to the Pacific Northwest this weekend for a pair of matches this weekend against #RV Oregon and Oregon State. The Utes will first take on the Ducks at Papé Field on Friday, April 2, before closing out the trip against the Beavers at Paul Lorenz Field on Sunday, April 4. Both matches will be live streamed and can be seen on the Pac-12 Now app and online.
Brooklyn James will once again be doing double duty this weekend with soccer team and track & field both competing at Oregon. The Clackamas, Ore., native will first compete with track & field first at the newly renovated state of the art Hayward Field before joining the soccer team on Sunday, April 4, and face Oregon State.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
Utah heads into this weekend 10-4-1 (.700) all-time against Oregon and 3-4-1 when playing on the road. Since joining the Pac-12, Utah is 6-3 record against Oregon but have lost three-consecutive matches in Eugene. Utah's last victory in Eugene came in 2015, a 2-0 victory behind the foot of Paola Van der Veen and Natalie Vukic. The Ducks are 5-3-3 overall on the year and 3-2-1 in Pac-12 play. UO's last loss came back on March 7, a 1-0 loss on the road to USC in Los Angeles. Oregon has since gone 3-0-2 after being swept by the LA schools.
Offensively, sophomore Ally Cook paces Oregon with three goal – all of which have been game-winning goals and ranks her 14th nationally in the game-winning goals category. Freshman Leah Freeman, the reigning Pac-12 Goalie of the Week, checks in at No. 21 in the country with five shutouts this season. Both Cook and Freeman lead the conference in their respective statistical categories.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
The Utes are 6-4-1 (.591) all-time against Oregon State and 6-2-1 all-time in Pac-12 play – including a 2-2-0 mark when playing on the road. The last time Utah won in Corvallis came in 2015, a 1-0 decision thanks to a chip from the back post on the foot of Mariah Elmer. OSU is struggling this season, checking in at 2-8-1 overall on the season and 0-6-0 in conference play. Oregon State's two wins this season have game against Idaho 3-0 on the road and against then-No. 3 Stanford 2-1 at home.
Sophomore Brianna McReynolds leads OSU with 10 points (4g, 2a) and is tied with teammate Sydney Studer for a team-best four goals. Senior Kaillen Fried is the team leader in assists, finding her teammates for five of the team's 12 goals this season. Junior Bridgette Skiba minds the net for OSU and had 39 saves on the year – which is good for third-most in the Pac-12.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah dropped a 1-0 decision to then-No. 18 Washington last Friday in a very defensive minded match that saw a total of 11 shots taken between the two teams. Washington broke through with the lone goal of the game in the 35' of the match. The second saw both defenses clamp down even more with both teams getting just two shots off apiece.
Utah returns to SLC the following week for its final homestand of the season as it plays to Arizona State (April 9) and Arizona (April 11).