Senior Tracy Stratton Garner will be playing in her third consecutive NCAA Tournament.
Nov. 9, 2004
Utah, the 2004 Mountain West Conference Tournament champion, heads to Portland, Ore., for NCAA Tournament first and second round games. The Utes (13-5-3) face Colorado (14-5-2) in the first round on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (PST) at the University of Portland's Merlo Field. The other first round game at that site features Portland (17-3-0), the No. 5 seed overall in the NCAA field, versus Weber State (8-9-2) at 7:00 p.m. (PST). The winners will meet on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (PST).
Tickets In Portland
Tickets for Friday and Sunday's matches went on sale Tuesday morning. Prices are $10 for stadium reserved seating; $8 for benchback reserved seating; general admission prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Advance tickets are subject to service charges of $1 per ticket for reserved seats and $0.50 per ticket on general admission seats. All tickets can be purchased through the Pilot Box Office at (503) 943-7525, or through TicketsWest at (503) 224-TIXX/800-922-TIXX.
Ute NCAA Games Broadcast Live On UtahUtes.com
Utah's NCAA Championship games this weekend in Portland will be broadcast live on the internet at www.UtahUtes.com. Ute associate SID Mike Lageschulte will call the action. An icon linking to the broadcasts is located on the Utah women's soccer home page.
In the Polls
Utah is among five teams receiving votes in the SoccerBuzz Top 30 poll and is No. 9 in the West Region ranking.
The Utes are ranked tied for 10th in the NSCAA/adidas West Region ranking.
Utah is 13-5-3 overall and won its second consecutive Mountain West Conference Tournament last week in Provo, Utah. In the championship game, Utah got past No. 3-seeded San Diego State in a shootout, 4-3. The game was tied 1-1 after two overtime periods, forcing the game to penalty kicks. Utah, making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, is one of 29 teams receiving an automatic bid to the 64-team tournament. Utah finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference this season with a 3-2-1 record. The Utes are 3-1-1 on neutral fields this season and 4-2-0 on opponents' fields.
Sophomore forward Amanda Feigt is one of four Utes in double figures in points this season. She has six goals and five assists for a team-leading 17 points. Sophomore midfielder Hailey Marsh is second with six scores and one assist (13 points), followed by junior forward Kim Lloyd (2-8-12) and freshman forward Chelsea Card (5-0-10). Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Mason has allowed just 16 goals while making 69 stops for a 0.88 goals against average. She has played in 18 of 21 games this season, posting six shutouts.
Head Coach Rich Manning
Rich Manning is 42-11-8 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).
The Buffaloes (14-5-2) are in the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive year. They finished third in the Big 12 Conference with a 6-3-1 record. At last week's Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio, the Buffs defeated Missouri (2-1 OT) in the opening round and fell to 10th-ranked and No. 2 seed Texas A&M (3-1) in the semifinals.
Colorado is led by first-team all-Big 12 junior midfielder Fran Munnelly (9 goals, 5 assists), junior midfielder Ashlie Mihalcin (9 goals, 3 assists) and senior second-team all-Big 12 midfielder Jen Thais (7 goals, 4 assists) on offense. Second-team all-Big 12 goalkeeper Jessica Keller has a 0.70 goals against average and 89 saves. Keller has a school record 11 shutouts this season. Head coach Bill Hempen is 42-28-7 in his third season at CU.
The Utes and Buffaloes met earlier this year on Sept. 12 in the Wake Forest/adidas Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C. Colorado won 1-0 as Katie Griffin scored the gamewinner in the 72nd minute. Colorado has a 2-1-0 lead overall and a 1-0-0 advantage on neutral fields in the all-time series between the two schools.
The Buffs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2003, falling to BYU (2-0) in the first round in Salt Lake City.
On playing Colorado in the NCAA's: "I'm happy that we get a chance to play. They're (Colorado) a good team. We wouldn't expect anything else in the tournament. It's a very even match-up. They are very skillful. Last year was their first year (in the NCAA Tournament) and I think they were just excited to be here. I think this year they will be out to win a game and they will be motivated. We will have to dig in and play a good game."
On the Utes since playing Colorado earlier: "We have so many new players this year that I feel like we have had to develop some mental toughness and character over the year. I feel like we've done that in the last few weeks. We have some players out who played in that game (against Colorado earlier)--Melissa Wayman, Kim Lloyd and Tasia Duarte--and those are impactful players. But the other ones have had good experience and I felt like after we lost to Vegas and tied San Diego State here the first conference weekend, there was some soul searching. We've been mentally tougher since then."
Utah In The Postseason
Utah's all-time postseason record is 10-6-3, including a 1-1-1 mark in the NCAA Championships.
The Utes have made two previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament, both coming under Rich Manning. In 2002, Utah defeated BYU (3-2 OT) in the first round and lost to Portland (3-0) in the second round in Provo, Utah. In 2003, the Utes tied Idaho State (0-0 OT) with the Bengals advancing in a shootout.
The Utes are 9-5-2 in conference tournaments, including an 8-4-2 mark in Mountain West Conference Tournament play. The Utes have never lost in the quarterfinals. Utah was eliminated in the semifinals three times (1999, 2001 and 2002), fell in the championship game in 2000, and won the tournament title in 2003 and 2004.
NCAA Statistical Rankings
In the team statistics as of Nov. 9, Utah is 41st in goals against average (0.824).
In the individual rankings as of Nov. 9, Kim Lloyd is tied for 29th in assists per game (0.50).
MWC Statistical Rankings
In the team statistics as of Nov. 8, Utah ranks third in shots (12.76 per game), first in points (4.81 per game), first in goals per game (1.57), first in assists per game (1.67), first in goals against average (0.82), tied for fifth in saves (3.81 per game), third in fouls (12.19 per game), first in corners (6.05 per game), and third in shutouts (8).
In the individual rankings as of Nov. 8, Amanda Feigt is fifth in shots per game (2.19), fourth in points per game (0.81), fifth in goals per game (0.29), tied for sixth in assists per game (0.24) ... Kim Lloyd is sixth in shots per game (2.19), first in assists per game (0.50) ... Hailey Marsh is fifth in points per game (0.78), fourth in goals per game (0.33) ... Melissa Wayman is seventh in goals per game (0.27) ... Chelsea Card is eighth in goals per game (0.25) ... Whitney Dorsey is tied for sixth in assists per game (0.24) ... Kiley Jones is 10th in assists per game (0.19) ... Ashley Mason is sixth in saves per game (3.83), fifth in goals against average (0.88), third in shutouts (6) ... Glennis Donnelly is ninth in saves per game (2.75), second in goals against average (0.54), tied for sixth in shutouts (2).
Utah's 13 wins this season equals 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.
The Utes have lost just once in their last nine games. Following a 1-0 loss to UNLV on Oct. 7 in the Mountain West opener, Utah has recorded six wins and two ties. The only loss during that stretch was to BYU (2-1) on Oct. 30 in the final game of the regular season, snapping a season-best tying four game winning streak.
The Utes are 13-3-2 in Mountain West Conference regular-season games in three years 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 and a second-place finish in 2002. Utah finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference with a 3-2-1 record in 2004.
In its last 10 games, including nine conference regular-season and tournament games, Utah has recorded five shutouts while giving up an average of 0.60 goals per game. Utah also allowed just one goal in four games and surrendered two goals to BYU on Oct. 30. During that stretch, sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Mason has blanked San Diego State (Oct. 9), Wyoming twice (Oct. 23 and Nov. 3), and UNLV (Nov. 4); while allowing just one goal against UNLV (Oct. 7), New Mexico (Oct. 21) and San Diego State (Nov. 6). Senior keeper Glennis Donnelly shutout Air Force (Oct. 14).
The Utes have held eight teams scoreless this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Mason, who led the NCAA in fewest goals allowed per game last season (.301), has accounted for six of those shutouts. Senior Glennis Donnelly has two shutouts in four games in front of the net. Mason has a 0.88 goals against average this season, while Donnelly is at 0.54.
The Utes exploded for a season-high tying four goals against Air Force on Oct. 14, then went on to score two goals against UVSC, New Mexico and Wyoming in their next three games. The Utes also scored four goals against Washington State on Sept. 23. Utah has scored three goals twice this season.
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 had balanced scoring this season with 11 players accounting for at least one goal. Sophomore forward Amanda Feigt and sophomore forward Hailey Marsh both have a team-best six goals. Freshman forward Chelsea Card has three goals. Junior forward Kim Lloyd has a team-best eight assists, while freshman midfielder Whitney Dorsey has six assists. Fiegt has five assists.
Utah has outshot its opponents this season 268-178 and has a 127-73 advantage in corner kicks.
Should the Utes advance past the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, they would play a third round game Nov. 19-21 at an on-campus site to be determined.