While the midfielders are an experienced group, there will be some changes in personnel. Junior Lexie Morgan will be one of the constants in the midfield, showing very strong leadership. With Miyashiro and Flynn moving to the forward position, there will be room for some Aggie newcomers to make an impact.
The midfield welcomes Jayne Robison from nearby Layton, Utah. She has stood out as an upcoming attacking midfielder. She has shown creativity in the attack.
Once again, Cairns looks to the Aggie backfield to continue its historic stance of being a stingy defense. Last season, USU allowed only 13 goals for a 0.55 goals against average.
Despite losing Norris, the blue and white backfield is very experienced with three starters back in junior Taryn Rose, sophomore Lexie Henrie and senior Jessica Hoskin-Killpack. Sophomore Sarah Lorscheider also saw time in the USU defense in 2012.
Rose is the only returning all-WAC defender. She was also the WAC’s 2011 Freshman of the Year.
Utah State has had a fantastic string of stingy goalkeepers, including current assistant coach Molli Merrill. Sophomore Jeannie Woller looks to continue that stretch.
After the graduation of all-WAC goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford, Woller will be looked to take the reigns in net. Woller’s strongest match of the season was a 110-minute shutout against Denver on Sept. 30. She ended her freshman campaign, logging nearly 400 minutes with 0.45 GAA.
The Aggies have three other netminders that will join Woller in the goalkeeping corps made up of a trio of freshmen in Sara Cobb, McKayla Johnstone and Kaitlyn Stratton.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.
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