Ducks and Beavers Migrate South for Utah Soccer’s First Home Conference Games

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Ducks and Beavers Migrate South for Utah Soccer’s First Home Conference Games

University of Utah freshman midfielder Courtney Talbot (14) dribbles the ball past University of San Diego sophomore defender Michaela Foster (13) in an NCAA Women's Soccer game vs. San Diego University at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, UT on Sunday September 22, 2019. (Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

University of Utah freshman midfielder Courtney Talbot (14) dribbles the ball past University of San Diego sophomore defender Michaela Foster (13) in an NCAA Women's Soccer game vs. San Diego University at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, UT on Sunday September 22, 2019. (Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

University of Utah freshman midfielder Courtney Talbot (14) dribbles the ball past University of San Diego sophomore defender Michaela Foster (13) in an NCAA Women's Soccer game vs. San Diego University at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, UT on Sunday September 22, 2019. (Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

University of Utah freshman midfielder Courtney Talbot (14) dribbles the ball past University of San Diego sophomore defender Michaela Foster (13) in an NCAA Women's Soccer game vs. San Diego University at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, UT on Sunday September 22, 2019. (Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Ryker Jackson

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The University of Utah (5-3-2, 0-0-1 Pac-12) soccer team begins a homestand of Pac-12 play this week against both Oregon State (8-1, 0-1 Pac-12) and Oregon (4-2-3, 0-1-0 Pac-12).

This will mark the first time that Utah will welcome Pac-12 foes into the newly constructed Ute Field. The Oregon State match will be played on Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m, and the Utes will face Oregon on Sunday, October 6 at 1 p.m.

The Utes are coming off a draw at Arizona State in overtime, with Oregon State coming off their first loss of the season against Washington State. Overall, the Beavers are off to a strong start to the season, and will pose a strong challenge to the Utes. The Utes have won five of their last six games against Oregon State, and Oregon State has failed to score in all of those losses. Standout Utah goalkeeper Carly Nelson will try to keep that streak going at Ute Field this week.

Oregon has not had as successful a season as their in-state brother so far, with a record of 4-2-3, and their last match a loss against Washington. Against the Ducks, the Utes are 7-4-1, with a 5-0-1 record at home.

The Utes still have not lost a game in Salt Lake City at the new Ute Field, and have been improving over the course of the season. In fact, the Utes have been putting up impressive numbers, especially considering their schedule is ranked the most difficult in the Pac-12 and 16th nationally. The Utes have the second most corner kicks in the conference with 63 total so far. Senior Holly Daugirda has scored two game-winning goals this season so far.

The team has also put together six shutouts with the help of senior goalkeeper Carly Nelson, who was again named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 24 after shutting out both Butler and San Diego. She bas 19 career shutouts, the third most in Utah history.

The Oregon State match, which is also Super Heroes night, can be watched on Pac-12 Network or livestreamed on Pac-12.com. The Oregon match, with the theme of Sunday Sundaes, will be livestreamed on UtahUtes.com. As always, fans are encouraged to come to Ute Field and support the team in person.

 

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