Tuesday, April 27, 2010

USU Most Outstanding Team Academic Award!

The girls have done it once again! Congratulations to USU Soccer for earning the Most Outstanding Team Academic Award today at the annual student-athlete Whitesides banquet where student-athletes from all sports at Utah State are recognized for their academic achievements. 15 of our individual players were also recognized for their academic achievement of maintaining a 3.2 GPA this year. One of the team goals set by the Aggies was to earn this team award as well as have the team do well individually in the classroom! Good job ladies! Keep up the good work!

End of Spring

Friday night, the Aggies fell to Utah 3-0. Despite the losses of our last three spring games, there have been several highlights to our spring season! We beat BYU 1-0 and Utah 2-0 at BYU's indoor and outdoor tournaments, as well as taking wins over Weber State and Dixie State, and ties with Westminister and Weber State at the BYU indoor tournament. We saw improvement overall in technical performance and team performance on the field, as well as off the field in the weight room and conditioning with our strength and conditioning coach Matt McManus. The girls also had some quality time off the field with the soccer class that Coach Cairns designed to do some team building and talk about topics to help with performance on and off the field as players and members of the community, and the girls also did several things together on their own initiative such as team dinners before the BYU and Weber game, they played intermural basketball, and this Thursday they are doing a team outing up the canyon making tin foil dinners and smores...the big exciting outing the girls took part in was a trip to Rio Tinto Stadium to watch the Women's National Team take on Mexico...with two inches of snow on the field! If you didn't get a chance to see that game, the U.S. won 1-0, making snow angels after scoring their goal! Another activity the girls participated in was Adopt-a-Team, a new program USU Soccer has implemented for the spring. Six teams, U10-U13, in the Cache Valley were adopted by USU Soccer and the girls went out to practices and games as mentors to the teams. In the fall, these six teams will have the chance to be our ball kids. Stay tuned over the next few days for a video/picture slideshow of our spring!!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Aggies Fall in Two Games down at ASU

Last weekend, the team went down to Arizona State University to take on NAU and ASU. The team fell to both teams losing to NAU 1-0 and ASU 3-0. One highlight of the weekend, despite the losses, was goalkeeper Molli Merrill got some field time for the last 10 minutes against ASU! Catch Utah State in their last spring game this Friday night at 7pm down at University of Utah!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wacky Small Sided...

The tradition continues! The Wacky Small Sided tournament was yesterday and it marks the last training session of spring season...the girls broke off into their Aggie Olympic teams to form the cavewomen (Princess Warriors),80s fitness workout gals (Aggie Force) and the hillbillies (Die Hard). It was a fun day and Die Hard came out on top as the winners of the tournament!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

BYU Outdoor

After lifting heavy all week, the Aggies battled through sore legs down at BYU Outdoor to beat Dixie 2-1 and Utah 2-0. Lauren Hansen scored in the Dixie game with an assist from Heather Pond. Summer Tillotson came out strong in the Utah game and scored two goals in the first half with rocket shots from outside the 18. The assists on those goals were from Chandra Salmon and Lauren Hansen. Ashlyn Mulford and Molli Merrill shared the shutout in the Utah game. This weekend, the Aggies head down to ASU to play ASU and NAU! Keep up the good work Aggies!

Happy Birthday Heather!

Happy Birthday to Coach Heather Cairns! Thanks for all you do! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Here's What's Coming This Spring!

The Aggies have an exciting Spring schedule over the next three weeks! Come on out and cheer on USU at the BYU Outdoor Tourney, at ASU, and at Utah!

BYU OUTDOOR (Provo ~ Both games on BYU practice field)- 4/10/10 Saturday
Noon Dixie College
4:30 pm Utah

Arizona State (Tempe, AZ ~ Sundevil Soccer Stadium)- 4/17/10 Saturday
11:00 am Northern Arizona
2:30 pm Arizona State

Utah (SLC ~ Utes Soccer Field) – 4/23/10 Friday
7:00 pm* Utah (*Time isn’t firm yet but it will be FRI evening)

Mari Miyashiro named The Honolulu Advertiser All-State Player of the Year

Congratulations to 2010 New Aggie Mari Miyashiro who was named Hawaii's All State Player of the Year which is voted on by coaches across the state of Hawaii from all classifications!