LOGAN — After opening the season 2-0-0 for the fifth-straight season, Utah State soccer hits the road for the first time this season, taking on UTEP in El Paso, Texas, on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. It is a battle of undefeated teams as the Aggies and the Miners are 2-0-0 to start the season.
The Aggies are 2-2-0 all-time against the Miners. The last time the teams met was in Logan. On Aug. 19, 2012, USU defeated UTEP, 2-1. In that win, former Aggie great Natalie Norris and junior midfielder Kyle Dibb found the back of the net.
The Miners have had a strong opening to the 2013 season, defeating Utah Valley University, 3-2, on Aug. 23, before stifling Omaha, 2-0, on Aug. 25. Four different Miners netted goals, with sophomore Angela Cutaia leading the way by providing the match winner in each contest.
In Utah State’s two matches, six different Aggies have earned a point. Juniors Taryn Rose, Kylie Dibb and Lauren Roundy found the back of the net, along with freshman Jessica Brooksby. Fellow freshman Jayne Robison and junior Brooke Larsen-Leavitt also added assists.
Utah State fans can follow the match on USU's athletic website.
Following the road trip to UTEP, the Aggies will host only its second Big Ten Conference team when Nebraska comes to town on Monday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m., in a Labor Day matchup. Utah State is 0-2 against the Big Ten, last facing a team from the conference on Aug. 31, 2001, falling to Northwestern in Logan. The Aggies also fell to Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., on Sept. 10, 2000. In that matchup, USU fell to the Hoosiers, 3-0.
Admission to all home USU soccer matches at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field is free.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.