Ute Field will play host to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship for the second time in three years.
Nov. 7, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah, winner of the Mountain West Conference regular season championship, has received a bid to the 2005 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship and will host first and second round games Thursday and Saturday at Ute Field.
Utah is one of 34 teams receiving an at-large bid to the 64-team tournament and will welcome three other teams to the University of Utah campus. BYU (15-2-3), the No. 4 seed in the quadrant, will face Weber State (14-4-1) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. (MST), followed by Utah (14-6-1) versus Arizona (9-7-3) at 7:00 p.m. (MST). The winners will meet in the second round on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (MST). Tickets will go on sale Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Utah Athletics Ticket Office, located at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Phone orders will be accepted at (801) 581-UTIX.
The Utes are 14-6-1 overall and won the Mountain West Conference regular season title with a 6-0-1 mark. Utah, ranked No. 22 in last week's NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll, has seven wins and a tie in its last nine games.
Utah is in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and advanced to the second round in 2002. Utah is hosting NCAA Championship first and second round games for the second time. Ute head coach Rich Manning is 56-18-9 in his fourth year at Utah. He has led the Utes to two Mountain West Conference regular season championships (2003, 2005) and a pair of league tournament titles (2003, 2004).
BYU is one of 16 seeded teams in the tournament with four in each quadrant. The Cougars were ranked No. 14 in last week's NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll and tied for second place in the Mountain West Conference this season. Weber State earned the Big Sky Conference's automatic bid by winning the league's tournament last weekend. Arizona placed fifth in the Pac-10 Conference. The Utes and Wildcats met earlier this season with Arizona prevailing 1-0 in overtime on Sept. 16 in Tucson, Ariz.
"We're very excited to be in the tournament once again and to have the chance to host first and second round games at Ute Field," said Manning. "I'm very happy that we're going to be able to play in front of the local fans. It will be nice just to be on our field since we haven't played a home game in nearly a month. It's really a great opportunity for us."
"We're excited to be in the tournament, but we're competitive people and we want to advance as far as we can," Manning continued. "For this group, it's the fourth year in a row of being in the tournament. Although it's a good achievement and something to be proud of, we want to do more than we have in the past."
NCAA Soccer Championship Schedule at Ute Field
First Round (Thursday, November 10) Game 1 - BYU vs. Weber State 4:30 p.m. Game 2 - Utah vs. Arizona 7:00 p.m.
Second Round (Saturday, November 12) Game 3 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner 1:00 p.m.
(All times Mountain Standard Time)