Feb. 14, 2005
Conference championships and NCAA appearances have become the norm for Utah under head coach Rich Manning. In Manning's third season at the U., the Utes went 13-6-3, won the Mountain West Conference Tournament for the second straight year, and advanced to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament. Utah fell to Colorado (3-0) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 12 in Portland, Ore. The Utes placed fourth in the MWC during the regular season with a 3-2-1 record.
MWC Championship Rewind
After persevering through numerous injuries during the regular season, Utah regrouped to win the Mountain West Conference Championship in Provo, Utah, earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Entering the championship as the No. 4 seed, Utah defeated Wyoming (1-0) in the quarterfinals and got past No. 1 seed UNLV (2-0) in the second round. Utah and San Diego battled to a 1-1 tie after two overtimes in the championship game. The Utes prevailed 4-3 in the shootout.
Making the all-tournament team for Utah were Kiley Jones (MF, Fr.), Tracy Stratton Garner (MF, Sr.), Hailey Marsh (MF, So.) and Amanda Feigt (F, So.). Lauren Field (F, Sr.) received the Sportsmanship Award.
Second-Most Wins In School History
Utah's 13 wins in 2004 equaled the second-best mark in the 10-year history of the program. The Utes also got 13 wins in 2002 (13-4-3), 2000 (13-7-1) and 1999 (13-7-0). Utah set the school single-season wins record with 16 victories in 2004.
Sophomore forward Amanda Feigt, senior midfielder Tracy Stratton Garner were named first team all-Mountain West Conference. Earning second team all-league honors were freshman midfielder Kiley Jones and junior forward Kim Lloyd.
Academic All-MWC Honors
Fourteen Utah women's soccer student-athletes were named to the 2004 fall semester Academic All-Mountain West team. To be eligible for selection student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.
Utes making the team were Emily Campbell (Freshman, 3.61, Nursing), Chelsea Card (Freshman, 3.53, Undeclared), Whitney Dorsey (Freshman, 3.00, Undeclared), Amanda Feigt (Sophomore, 3.02, Pre-Physical Therapy), Julie Herdic (Senior, 3.30, Exercise and Sport Science), Kiley Jones (Freshman, 3.68, Undeclared), Kim Lloyd (Junior, 3.44, Communication), Hailey Marsh (Sophomore, 3.44, Communication), Ashley Mason (Sophomore, 3.70, Exercise and Sport Science), Erin Pruitt (Senior, 3.24, Communication), Amanda Sanchez (Freshman, 3.16, Undeclared), Tracy Stratton Garner (Senior, 3.05, Accounting), Melissa Wayman (Sophomore, 3.70, Biology), and Carisse Winegar (Junior, 3.07, Exercise and Sport Science).
NCAA Statistical Rankings
Utah ranked 59th in goals against average (.919), tied for 95th in shutout percentage (0.36) and tied for 139th in scoring offense (1.50 goals per game).
Utah Ranks In Top 40 In Attendance
In its first season of charging admission to home games, Utah ranked 37th in the NCAA in attendance in 2004. The Utes drew 6,090 fans for an average of 609 fans over 10 games.
Mountain West Statistical Rankings
In the final MWC team rankings, Utah was third in shots (278), first in points (101), first in goals per game (1.50), first in assists per game (1.59), third in goals against average (0.92), fourth in saves (91), third in shutouts (8), first in corners (130).
In the final MWC individual rankings, Chelsea Card was eighth in goals per game (0.24), tied for second in game-winning goals (0.14) ... Glennis Donnelly was fifth goals against average (0.96), ninth in saves per game (3.20), tied for sixth in shutouts (2.0) ... Whitney Dorsey was tied for fifth in assists per game (0.23) ... Amanda Feigt was sixth in shots per game (2.14), fourth in points per game (0.77), tied for fifth in goals per game (0.27), tied for fifth in assists per game (0.23) ... Kiley Jones was 10th in assists per game (0.18) ... Kim Lloyd was fifth in shots per game (2.19), fifth in points per game (0.75), first in assists per game (0.50) ... Hailey Marsh was sixth in points per game (0.74), fourth in goals per game (0.32), tied for second in game-winning goals (0.16) ... Ashley Mason was fourth in goals against average (0.91), sixth in saves per game (3.89), tied for third in shutouts (6.0) ... Melissa Wayman was 10th in points per game (0.55), tied for fifth in goals per game (0.27).
Against Ranked Teams
Utah is 5-2 against NSCAA/adidas Top 25 teams under Rich Manning. The Utes' most recent win over a Top 25 team was 2-1 over No. 7 UCLA on Oct. 1. It was Utah's only game against a ranked team in 2004. Utah was 2-1 against NSCAA/adidas Top 25 teams in 2003. The Utes defeated No. 5 Florida (1-0) on Sept. 28 and No. 17 Michigan (4-1) on Aug. 31 at Ute Field. They lost at No. 6 Texas A&M (1-0) on Sept. 5.
Ashley Mason moved into third place in goalkeeper saves (132) and third place in goalkeeper shutouts (14.2).
Team Awards (voted by players and coaches)
Most Improved Player - Emily Campbell
Rookie of the Year - Kiley Jones
Most Inspirational Player - Glennis Donnelly
Offensive Player of the Year - Hailey Marsh
Defensive Player of the Year - Melissa Crespo
Most Valuable Player - Tracy Stratton Garner
Academic Excellence Award - Katie Battazzo
Utah's Postseason History
Rich Manning is 42-12-8 in three years at Utah. Last season he guided Utah to its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, its second consecutive MWC Tournament title and a 13-6-3 overall record. In 2003, the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz named Manning the 2003 West Region Coach of the Year. He was also named the U.'s 2003-04 Don Reddish Coach of the Year. The Utes went 16-2-2, won the MWC regular-season (6-0-0) and tournament titles, and went to the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, Manning led Utah to a 13-4-3 mark, including a 4-1-1 record in Mountain West play, and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Before joining the Utah program, Manning was an assistant and associate head coach at Santa Clara (1998-2001).
2004 Ute Notes