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2003 Utah Women's Soccer Recap

Season Recap
Utah had another highly successful season under second-year head coach Rich Manning in 2003. The Utes went 16-2-2 overall and 6-0 in Mountain West play, going undefeated against conference foes for the first time and winning its first outright league title. The Utes captured the 2003 Mountain West Conference Tournament title at the U.'s Rice-Eccles Stadium, hosting the event for the first time ever. After getting a first round bye, Utah got past UNLV in a shootout in the semifinals and defeated BYU 2-0 in the championship game. Utah hosted the NCAA first and second round games at Ute Field, another first in the program's history. The Utes played Idaho State to a scoreless tie in the first round with the Bengals advancing via a shootout.

Utes Finish In Top 25 For First Time

  • Utah was ranked 24th in the final NSCAA/adidas poll. On Sept. 29, Utah cracked the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 for the first time in school history and appeared in the poll for seven weeks. Utah's No. 14 ranking on Nov. 10 heading into the NCAA Tournament was the highest in school history. The Utes were also ranked fourth in the West Region by the NSCAA.
  • Utah finished No. 22 in the Soccer Buzz Magazine Top 25, appearing in the poll for six straight weeks to end the season.
  • Soccer America ranked the Utes 19th in the nation in its final poll on Nov. 10. Utah was in the poll for the five consecutive weeks.
  • Soccer Times placed Utah at No. 14 to end the season. The Utes were in the poll the final four weeks.

    Record Setting Wins

  • Utah set the school single-season wins record with a 16-2-2 mark. The previous best mark was 13 wins in 2002 (13-4-3), 2000 (13-7-1) and 1999 (13-7-0).
  • The Utes set the school record for conference wins with six. Utah's previous best record in league play was 5-1 in its first year as an MWC member in 1999, tying for the conference title.

    Manning Named West Region Coach Of The Year
    Rich Manning, who completed his second year as head coach of the Utah women's soccer program, was named the NSCAA/adidas West Region Coach of the Year. He was one of six regional award winners.

    Manning is 29-6-5 (.788) in two seasons at Utah with a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2003, he led the Utes to a consensus Top 25 national ranking and a 16-2-2 mark. His two-year record in Mountain West Conference action 11-1.

    Brower Earns Academic Honors
    Senior forward Amber Brower was named to the 2003 NSCAA/adidas Women's College Scholar All-America first team. She was also placed on the Scholar All-West Region first team.

    A business major, Brower carried a 3.35 cumulative grade point average. The Hyrum, Utah, native was also a second team CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII selection.

    NSCAA All-Region Selections
    Utah had four players on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2003 All-West Region teams. Senior forward Amber Brower made the first team. Freshman goalkeeper Ashley Mason, junior midfielder Tracy Stratton and freshman forward Amanda Feight were placed on the second team.

    Brower led the Utes with nine goals this season-including six game-winners-and had four assists. Mason allowed just 0.301 goals per game to rank first in the nation. Stratton was a major contributor to Utah's defense. She also scored three goals and had one assist. Feigt was second on the team with five goals and led the way with eight assists. She also had two game-winning goals.

    Soccer Buzz Honors
    Rich Manning was named the West Region Coach of the Year, while Amber Brower and Amanda Feigt were voted to the 2003 All-West Region team by Soccer Buzz Magazine. Feigt and Ashley Mason were named to the Soccer Buzz Freshman All-America second team. Michelle Deatherage joined Feigt and Mason on the All-West Freshman team.

    All-MWC Honors
    Senior forward Amber Brower was named the MWC Offensive Player of the Year. Forward Amanda Feigt was named Freshman of the Year.

    Brower, Feigt and junior midfilder Tracy Stratton were named first team all-league.

    Earning second team all-MWC honors for the Utes were senior midfielder/forward Bobbie Benegas and junior forward Lauren Field. Freshman Ashley Mason was named the second team co-goalkeeper.

    Utes Second, Mason First In NCAA In Goals-Against Average
    In the final NCAA statistics, Utah ranked second in goals-against average (0.436) and fifth in shutout percentage (0.65). Individually, freshman goalkeeper Ashley Mason ranked first in goals-against average (0.301).

    Mason gave up only four goals in 1194 minutes and had 8.2 shutouts. She made 58 saves (.935 saves percentage). Freshman Kaycie Zimmerman has allowed just five goals in 664 minutes. She made 18 saves (.783 saves percentage) with a 0.68 goals against average and had 3.2 shutouts.

    Mountain West Statistical Rankings
    In the final MWC team rankings, Utah was second in shots (308), second in goals (28), second in assists (36), second in points (112), first in goals allowed (25), fifth in saves (78), first in shutouts (13), second in corners (133), second in goals per game (1.90), second in assists per game (1.80), second in shots per game (15.40), second in points per game (5.60) first in goals-against average (0.44), fifth in saves per game (3.90).

    In the MWC individual rankings, Amanda Feigt was fourth in shots (58), seventh in points (18), 10th in goals (5), third in assists (8), fifth in game-winning goals (2), second in shots per game (2.90), sixth in points per game (0.90), 10th in goals per game (0.25), second in assists per game (0.40) ... Lauren Field was ninth in shots (41), eighth in points (17), fifth in goals (7), fifth in game-winning goals (2), seventh in shots per game (2.56), second in points per game (1.06), second in goals per game (0.44) ... Amber Brower was ninth in shots (41), second in points (22), first in goals (9), 10th in assists (4), first in game-winning goals (6) first in points per game (1.10), first in goals per game (0.45), ninth in assists per game (0.20) ... Missy Dennis was fourth in assists (7), 10th in points (15), fifth in game-winning goals (2), 10th in points per game (0.75), fourth in assists per game (0.35) ... Carisse Winegar was 10th in assists (4), ninth in assists per game (0.20) ... Ashley Mason was sixth in saves (58), first in shutouts (8), first in goals against average (0.30), fifth in saves per game (3.62) ... Kaycie Zimmerman was 10th in saves (18), seventh in shutouts (3).

    Utah Against Ranked Teams

  • 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.
  • Utah is 4-0 against teams ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 at Ute Field under second-year head coach Rich Manning. In 2002, the Utes defeated fourth-ranked Portland (2-0) on Sept. 1 and 18th-ranked Kentucky (3-0) on Sept. 8.

    Career Records
    Bobbie Benegas finished sixth in assists (13) ... Amber Brower finished sixth in assists (13) and fourth in points (66)

    Utah Season Records
    Team broke the record for shutouts (13) ... Amanda Feigt ranked fourth in assists (8) ... Missy Dennis was tied for fifth in assists (7) ... Ashley Mason ranked first in shutouts (8.2).

    Single-Game Records
    Lauren Field tied the fourth-best mark for points (6 vs. Baylor, 9-7-03) and tied the second-best mark for goals (3 vs. Baylor, 9-7-03).

    MWC All-Tournament Honors
    Amber Brower was named MWC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Brower scored the first goal and assisted on the second in Utah's 2-0 win over BYU in the championship game. Also making the all-tournament team for Utah were Bobbie Benegas, Lauren Field and Tracy Stratton.

    Season Attendance Mark
    Utah ranked 30th in the NCAA in attendance in 2003, setting a school season record. The Utes drew 7,837 fans and averaged 712 fans over 11 games.

    MWC Players Of The Week
    Amber Brower (Offensive) Sept. 1
    Lauren Field (Co-Offensive) Sept. 8
    Ashley Mason (Defensive) Sept. 29
    Amanda Feigt (Offensive) Oct. 27
    Amanda Feigt (Offensive) Nov. 4

    Soccer America Team of the Week
    Amber Brower Sept. 22-28

    Team Awards (voted by players and coaches)
    Most Improved Player - Tasia Duarte
    Rookie of the Year - Ashley Mason
    Most Inspirational Player - Bobbie Benegas
    Offensive Player of the Year - Amber Brower
    Defensive Player of the Year - Jen Williams
    Most Valuable Player - Amber Brower
    Academic Excellence Award - Genny Grimm

    Utah's Postseason History

  • Utah's all-time postseason record is 8-6-2, including a 1-1-1 mark in the NCAA Championship.
  • The Utes appeared in the NCAA Championship for the second straight year in 2003. Utah and Idaho State played to a scoreless tie through two overtime periods. Idaho State advanced on penalty kicks 5-4. Utah made its first-ever NCAA appearance in 2002, making it to the second round.
  • In conference tournaments, Utah is 7-5-1. Utah won its first conference tournament in 2003.

    Ute 2003 Notes

  • The Utes were 4-0-2 in overtime games in 2003, defeating Baylor (3-2), Utah State (1-0), New Mexico (1-0) and BYU (1-0). Utah tied UNLV 0-0 in the MWC semifinals, advancing in a shootout. Utah also tied Idaho State 0-0 in the NCAA first round with the Bengals advancing via penalty kicks.
  • Utah shut out 13 teams overall in 2003 and seven of the eight MWC teams, including both games in the MWC Tournament. The Utes didn't allow a goal in their last six games of the season. Utah gave up more than one goal in just two games last season, but won both contests.
  • In six games Utah scored at least three goals, including a season-high of five against UNLV on Oct. 16.


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