Senior Kim Lloyd was a second team all-Mountain West selection last season.
Aug. 16, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah received seven first-place votes and was selected to win the 2005 Mountain West Conference women's soccer regular-season championship in the preseason poll of the league's coaches.
The Utes collected a total of 49 points to capture the top spot in the poll. San Diego State, which fell to the Utes in the MWC Soccer Championship final last year, and BYU tied for second place in the poll with 39 points. Last year's regular-season champion UNLV was picked fourth (31 points), while newcomer TCU was fifth (21 points). Wyoming was sixth (18 points), followed by New Mexico (16 points) and Air Force (11 points).
Utah won the Mountain West Conference regular-season title outright in 2003 and has captured the tournament championship the past two years. The Utes and UNLV both represented the MWC at the NCAA Tournament in 2004.
The Utes, which finished with a 13-6-3 last season, return all-MWC first-team selection Amanda Feigt and 10 starters in all. San Diego State returns 12 letterwinners and six starters, while BYU welcomes nine starters back. The 2005 MWC Women's Soccer Championship takes place on the campus of UNLV, Nov. 2-5.
"As long as there is a poll, it's nice to be well thought of," said Utah head coach Rich Manning. "Regardless of what others think about us at this point, the most important thing is that our players have high expectations for the team. This will keep us working hard to prepare for the conference season. I expect the conference to be improved over last year. The games in October will be fiercely contested and the regular season title will come down to the last weekend."
Utah opens its season at San Francisco on Friday, Aug. 26. The Utes' home opener is Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1:00 p.m. against Utah Valley State College.