LOGAN, Utah – Utah State soccer is set to begin practice on Wednesday, Aug. 4. The 2010 squad will begin team training on Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field at 7 p.m. The Aggies return 13 letterwinners and eight starters from last year’s team that finished 10-9-2 and advanced to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. USU brings back four seniors in forward Lauren Hansen, midfielders Heather Pond and Stefani Shiozaki and goalkeeper Aleena Shelton. USU also welcomes 13 newcomers to the 2010 team, including 12 freshmen. Among the 12 freshmen is redshirt-freshman Lindsay Obray who missed the 2009 season with an injury. One of the newcomers is defender Katie Crosland, who is a sophomore transfer from Pepperdine. For the second-straight season, the Aggies will play a match at Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake. USU opens the 2010 campaign hosting in-state rival Weber State at Rio Tinto on Friday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The Aggies will play their first “true” home match on Sunday, Aug. 22 against Utah Valley at 1 p.m. Utah State will face three teams that advanced to the 2009 NCAA Tournament beginning with San Diego State on Sunday, Sept. 5 in San Diego. Utah State begins its fifth season in the WAC with two road matches at Louisiana Tech (Oct. 1) and New Mexico State (Oct. 3). Last season, the Aggies were 2-0 against the Lady Techsters and Aggies. USU returns to Logan for its longest homestand of the season, with a quartet of matches beginning on Oct. 8. The Aggies will take on Nevada (Oct. 8) to open the homestand. The Aggies will then take a brief break from league action to face Houston Baptist for the second-straight season on Oct. 10. Utah State looks to improve upon its second-place finish in the WAC last season, ending conference play with a 5-2-1 record. Two all-WAC honorees return to the starting 11 for the Aggies in forward Shantel Flanary and midfielder Chandra Salmon who both earned first-team honors. Flanary, the Aggies’ leading scorer, was also named WAC Offensive Player of the Year last season. Salmon is the first Aggie to earn first-team honors her first two seasons.
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