Rich Manning begins his sixth season at the helm of the Ute women's soccer program
Aug. 28, 2007
This Week In Utah Soccer
The University of Utah women's soccer team opens its 2007 campaign Friday at the University of Arizona. The Utes continue their four-game, season-opening road swing on Sunday morning at Long Beach State.
Utah was 16-5-1 in 2006, including a 7-0-0 mark in Mountain West Conference play.
Friday's match with Arizona will kick off at 8 p.m. MDT. It will be the season-opener for both the Utes and Wildcats.
Sunday's match at Long Beach State will feature an unusual 9 a.m. PDT start. The Long Beach Blues Festival is being held on campus, which would have interfered with a more traditional late morning/early afternoon kickoff.
Utah is 8-3-1 all-time in season-opening contests. The Utes are 4-2-1 when lifting the lid on a season away from Ute Field.
Under Rich Manning the Utes are 4-1-0 in season-openers (2-1-0 on the road). This is Utah's fourth straight opener on the road and the fourth consecutive season-opener played in the State of California.
Manning The Controls
Rich Manning is 72-24-10 in five seasons at Utah. He has led the Utes to the NCAA Tournament all five years of his tenure. Manning's teams have won three Mountain West Conference regular season championships (2003, '05, '06) and a pair of league tournament titles (2003, '04).
Manning has been named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year for the past two seasons (2005, '06). His team was undefeated in MWC play in each of the last two seasons (7-0-0 in 2006, 6-0-1 in 2005). Last year, the Utes won 16 games for the second time in Manning's tenure, tying the school record for victories in a season.
In 2003, Manning was named the West Region Coach of the Year by the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz. The Utes went 16-2-2 that season, won the MWC regular season (6-0-0) and tournament titles, and went to the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, Manning led Utah to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Defending MWC Champs
Utah is the defending back-to-back Mountain West Conference regular season champion. The Utes were 7-0-0 in MWC action in 2006, while going 6-0-1 in 2005. Utah has now gone undefeated in conference play three times, all in the past four years (6-0-0 in 2003).
The Utes have won five of the last eight MWC regular season and tournament titles, combined. Utah claimed regular season crowns in 2003, 2005 and 2006, while winning the tournament in 2003 and 2004.
Utah out-shot its opponents 320-218 last season. In addition, the Utes had 145 shots on goal, compared to 102 for the opposition.
Utah nearly doubled up its opponents in goals per game last season. The Utes averaged 1.60 goals per contest, while allowing 0.84.
Utah had a streak of nine consecutive shutouts during 2006. The Utes ranked 37th in the nation in shutout percentage (.500) with 11 shutouts in 22 matches.
Letro's On The List
Utah junior Adele Letro (Davis, Calif.) has been named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually to the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the nation.
Letro was an NSCAA/adidas Second-Team All-American last season, becoming the first Ute ever to earn All-America accolades. She was also the MWC Offensive Player of the Year in 2006.
Letro scored 12 goals in 2006 and dished out three assists to lead Utah in goals and scoring (27 points). She tallied eight game-winning goals for the Utes last season, as well.
All Eyes On Isleib
Utah sophomore Kelly Isleib (Park City, Utah) was the Mountain West Conference Co-Freshman of the Year in 2006.
Isleib started all 22 matches for the Utes last season, despite tearing an ACL just six months before the start of the season. She scored one goal and dished out four assists in 2006.
Isleib was also named to the All-MWC Second Team last season. In addition to her conference accolades, Isleib was a Soccer Buzz Third-Team Freshman All-American.
What's On Tap?
Utah continues its four-game road swing to start the 2007 season next week. The Utes will travel to Boulder, Colo. for a matchup with the Colorado Buffaloes at 4 p.m. MT on Sept. 6. Utah will then face off with Washington State in Pullman, Wash. at Noon PT on Sept. 9.
The Utes' home opener is slated for Sept. 14, when Idaho State visits Ute Field. That match marks the beginning of a four-game homestand.