The play of Nykell Seymour was a bright spot for the Utes
April 17, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah soccer encountered a difficult weekend in Provo as the Utes played to a scoreless draw against Utah Valley and fell 4-0 to BYU.
"In the first game we had some positive things happen," head coach Rich Manning said. "We focused on keeping the ball better than we had been doing. We had movement in the attacking third and created 22 shots in 70 minutes. We just have to learn how to put a few home."
Against BYU, Utah was called for two fouls in the penalty area that resulted in Cougar penalty kicks. The home side converted both and the Utes never recovered.
"The second game gave us an important lesson in teamwork and mental toughness," Manning added. "There were a couple of pivotal plays that should have been avoided through better communication. We have to be able to dig deep when things don't go correctly. With Allie Wisner and Jenny Hutton departing, we need to come together."
Despite the two losses, Coach Manning remained upbeat and spoke highly about two of his players.
"Nykell Seymour went 35 straight minutes at left back and felt good physically and mentally afterwards," Manning said. "She has worked for a year-and-a-half to get this moment.
"Avery Jenkins played very well in the holding midfield area and did a great job of covering ground," Manning stated. "She did a really nice job controlling the ball and winning it back. She also was solid when we played hr for a few minutes on the wing."