Senior Tracy Stratton Garner leads the Utes into their final three regular-season games.
Oct. 19, 2004
The Utes (9-4-2, 1-1-1 MWC) head out for a pair of Mountain West Conference road games. Utah takes on New Mexico (5-8-0, 1-2-0 MWC) on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex in Albuquerque, N.M. The Utes close out the trip against Wyoming (7-5-4, 1-2-0 MWC) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at UW Soccer Stadium in Laramie, Wyo.
Scouting New Mexico
The Lobos are 5-8-0 overall and 3-1-0 at home this season. New Mexico is tied for fifth place in the Mountain West Conference with a 1-2-0 record. Last week, UNM lost a pair of road games, falling to UNLV 2-1 on Friday and to San Diego State 1-0 in overtime on Sunday.
Freshman forward Katelyn Ley leads New Mexico with three goals and also has one assist. Freshman forward Jordan Johnson has a team-best three goals. Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters has a 1.41 goals-against-average and has made 40 saves in 13 games. Head coach Kit Vela has a 24-40-6 career record in her fourth season at New Mexico.
Utah is 5-3-1 all-time against New Mexico but has never won in Albuquerque, going 0-2-1. The Utes have a 3-1-1 record against UNM in conference regular-season play.
The Cowgirls are 7-5-4 overall and 3-1-2 at home this season. Wyoming is tied for fifth place in the Mountain West Conference with a 1-2-0 record. Last week, UW dropped both games on its road trip, falling to San Diego State 1-0 on Friday and to UNLV 3-1 on Sunday.
Junior forward Mercy Adetoye has five goals and a team-best five assists for Wyoming. Senior forward/midfielder Mari Gomes leads the Cowgirls with seven goals and has two assists. Freshman goaltender Ashley Sheppard has a 1.20 goals-against-average and has made 76 saves in 13 games. Head coach Anne Moore is 36-63-11 in her sixth year at Wyoming and has a 43-92-13 career mark in eight seasons.
Utah has never lost to Wyoming, going 10-0-0. The Utes are 3-0-0 against the Cowgirls in Laramie and 6-0-0 in regular-season conference play. Last season, Utah defeated Wyoming 2-0 on Oct. 25 in Salt Lake City.
Utah picked-up a pair of wins, defeating Air Force 4-0 in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Thursday night and getting past Utah Valley State College 2-1 on Saturday at Ute Field.
Utah outshot the Falcons 21-9, had an overwhelming 12-4 edge in shots on goal and set up four corner kicks. The Utes exploded for a season-high tying four goals. Defensively, the Utes posted their fifth shutout of the season. What made Utah's defensive performance even more impressive was that starting goalkeeper Ashley Mason sat out with the flu. Senior Glennis Donnelly, who hadn't played since Sept. 5, made four saves for her second shutout of the year.
Amanda Sanchez and Kim Lloyd both scored goals, while Utah's defense allowed only three shots on goal in the win over UVSC. Utah dominated the game offensively, outshooting the Wolverines 17-4 and piling up a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Erin Pruitt sent a corner in that Tracy Stratton Garner tipped to Sanchez for the first goal. Pruitt and Garner were honored before the game on Senior Day. Michelle Deatherage assisted on Lloyd's goal. Mason played the first half before being pulled because of lingering flu symptoms. Donnelly allowed one goal while making a save in the second half.
Head Coach Rich Manning
Rich Manning is 38-10-7 in his third season at Utah. Last season, Manning was named the 2003 West Region Coach of the Year by the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz. 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).
On the state of the Utes: "It was good to get back on the scoreboard and in the win column last weekend. We played with good intensity and energy in both games last weekend, which was very pleasing to see. We are improving in both our defensive cohesiveness and our attacking play. We still have room to get better in our speed of play and concentration, and I'm looking forward to this weekend's road trip to see if we can put it all together."
On playing New Mexico and Wyoming: "The trip to New Mexico and Wyoming will be a great challenge to us. The travel will be physically demanding. And the games will be tightly contested. New Mexico is a terrific defensive team. Kristin Winters is an excellent goalkeeper with loads of experience. Wyoming has had some very positive results this year. They have a dangerous forward in Mercy Adetoye and will be tough to beat at home."
MWC Statistical Rankings
In the team statistics as of Oct. 18, Utah ranks fourth in shots (13.07 per game), first in points (5.07 per game), first in goals per game (1.60), first in assists per game (1.87), third in goals against average (0.90), sixth in saves (3.40 per game), third in fouls (12.73 per game), first in corners (6.13 per game), and fifth in shutouts (5).
In the individual rankings as of Oct. 18, Kim Lloyd ranks fifth in shots per game (2.33), fifth in points per game (0.73), first in assists per game (0.47) ... Amanda Feigt is seventh in shots per game (2.00), fourth in points per game (0.87), fourth in goals per game (0.33), tied for seventh in assists per game (0.20), tied for fourth in game-winning goals (2) ... Chelsea Card is sixth in points per game (0.71), third in goals per game (0.36), tied for first in game-winning goals (3) ... Hailey Marsh is seventh in points per game (0.67), tied for seventh in goals per game (0.25), tied for fourth in game-winning goals (2) ... Melissa Wayman is sixth in goals per game (0.27) ... Kiley Jones is tied for seventh in assists per game (0.20) ... Whitney Dorsey is tied for seventh in assists per game (0.20) ... Erin Pruitt is tied for seventh in assists per game (0.20) ... Ashley Mason is seventh in saves per game (3.33), fifth in shutouts (3), fifth in goals against average (1.01) ... Glennis Donnelly is ninth in saves per game (2.75), tied for sixth in shutouts (2), second in goals against average (0.54).
The Utes are 11-2-2 in Mountain West Conference regular-season games under Rich Manning. Utah went 6-0-0 in MWC play to claim its first outright league title in school history in 2003, following a 4-1-1 record in 2002.
After being shutout in its previous three games, Utah exploded for a season-high four goals against Air Force and got two goals against UVSC. The Utes also scored four goals against Washington State on Sept. 23. Utah has scored three goals twice.
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 this season. 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.
The Utes have shutout five teams this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Mason, who led the NCAA in fewest goals allowed per game last season, got her third shutout of the season on Oct. 9 in a 0-0 tie against San Diego State. Senior Glennis Donnelly has two shutouts in four games in front of the net. Donnelly's last came in Utah's 4-0 win over Air Force last Thursday.
The Utes have had balanced scoring this season with 10 players accounting for at least one goal. Freshman forward Chelsea Card and sophomore forward Amanda Feigt both have a team-best five goals. Sophomore forward Hailey Marsh and sophomore defender Melissa Wayman have three goals apiece. Junior forward Kim Lloyd has a team-best seven assists.
Utah has outshot its opponents this season 196-115 and has a 92-54 advantage in corner kicks.
Listen To Ute Home Games On The Web
Utah's home games will be broadcast live on the internet at www.UtahUtes.com. The broadcasts can be accessed by going to the women's soccer page and clicking on the "Ute Soccer Broadcasts" icon.
The Utes close out their regular-season schedule against Brigham Young on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1:00 p.m. at Ute Field.