Amanda Feigt, Hailey Marsh and Jen Christoffers celebrate a Utah goal earlier this season. (Credit: Russell Isabella)
Oct. 18, 2005
Utah (10-5, 4-0 MWC), which plays its final three regular-season games on the road, heads west for a pair of games this weekend. The Utes play San Diego State (10-6-1, 2-1-1 MWC) on Thursday at 3:30 p.m (PDT) at the SDSU Sports Deck in San Diego, Calif. Utah closes out the trip against UNLV (9-4-3, 4-0-0 MWC) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (PDT) at Peter Johann Memorial Field in Las Vegas, Nev. Please note the times of both games have changed from the original schedule.
Live Game Audio, Live Stats
Fans can follow all Ute home games and select road games this season on UtahUtes.com. Live audio broadcasts are available through Utah All-Access, a premium multi-media package that can be purchased on the web site. Live stats are also available free of charge via College Sports Gametracker. Gametracker will be available for both games this weekend.
In The Rankings
Utah is tied with four other teams for 10th in the NSCAA/adidas West Region rankings.
Scouting San Diego State
The Aztecs are 10-6-1 overall and 2-1-1 in Mountain West Conference play. San Diego State was on the road last weekend, tying New Mexico 1-1 on Friday and defeating TCU 3-0 on Sunday. The Aztecs are 4-2 at home this season.
Erika Sutton (F, 5-3, Fr.) has four goals and a team-best eight assists. Jen Mello (F/M, 5-4, Fr.) has a team-best seven goals and one assist. Cat Burson (GK, 5-7, So.) and Christi Yount (GK, 5-6, Fr.) have split time at goalkeeper. Burson has a 0.54 goals-against average and 38 saves in seven games. Yount has a 1.08 goals-against average and 35 saves in 10 games. Head coach Dr. Mike Giuliano has an 18-13-7 record in his second year at SDSU and a 212-55-22 career mark.
Utah has a 7-3-2 all-time record against San Diego State, including a 3-1-0 mark in San Diego, Calif. Last season, the Utes and the Aztecs tied twice. The teams played to a 0-0 tie on Oct. 9 in Salt Lake City and a 1-1 tie on Nov. 6 in the MWC Championship title game in Provo, Utah. The MWC tile game went to a shootout with the Utes winning to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
The Rebels are 9-4-3 overall and 4-0 in Mountain West Conference games, tied with Utah for first place. UNLV has won six in a row and is 3-2-1 at home this season. Last weekend, the Rebels won 1-0 at TCU on Friday and 2-0 at New Mexico on Sunday.
Katie Carney (F/M, 5-5, So.) has five goals and five assists, both team-best marks. Tanya Roberts (F/M, 5-10, Jr.) has three goals and four assists. Jenna Huff (GK, 6-0, Sr.) and Ciera Nero (GK, 5-10, Fr.) have shared the goalkeeping duties. Katherine Mertz is in her first season as a college head coach.
Utah is 6-2-1 all-time against UNLV and 2-1-0 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Utes and Rebels split two games last season. Utah lost to the UNLV 1-0 on Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City and won 2-0 on Nov. 4 in the MWC Championship semifinals in Provo, Utah.
Utah remained perfect in Mountain West Conference play, getting home wins over Wyoming and Air Force.
The Utes defeated Wyoming 2-0 on Thursday night with Adele Letro and Chelsea Card scoring first-half goals. Ashley Mason made four saves for the Utes, getting her sixth complete-game shutout. Katy Reineke assisted on both goals, while Amanda Feigt assisted on the first. Both teams got off eight shots in the second half after Utah had a 9-5 edge in the first 45 minutes. The Utes finished with 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
In its 3-0 over Air Force on Saturday, the Falcons put the Utes in front 1-0 with an own goal in the 20th minute. In the 56th minute, Emily Campbell arced a corner kick to Melissa Wayman, who scored on a header. Feigt scored in the 67th minute on a breakaway opportunity, set-up by a pass from senior Kim Lloyd. The Utes outshot the Falcons 13-7 and had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Head Coach Rich Manning
Rich Manning is 53-17-8 in his fourth year at Utah. Last season he guided Utah to its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, its second consecutive MWC Tournament title and a 13-6-3 overall record. In 2003, Manning was named the West Region Coach of the Year by the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz. 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 how Utah is playing - "We've had a terrific start to our conference season. We've won some tight games, which we weren't doing earlier this season. We've also been playing our best soccer of the season. In stretches, it's been outstanding. Now we've got to play at this level more consistently."
On this weekend's games - "This road trip represents a playoff weekend for us. We've been preparing all year for the next few games. We've tested ourselves against top competition and worked hard to get physically and mentally ready. San Diego State and UNLV were at the top of the table last year. It will be a terrific challenge."
MWC Statistical Rankings
In the team statistics as of Oct. 17, Utah ranks second in shots (14.81 per game), second in points (4.69 per game), second in goals per game (1.62), second in assists per game (1.44), third in goals-against average (0.74), fourth in saves (4.19 per game), tied for second in shutouts (8), sixth in fouls (10.38 per game), and fourth in corner kicks (3.31 per game).
In the individual rankings as of Oct. 17, Adele Letro ranks third in shots per game (3.12), tied for third in points per game (1.00), fourth in goals per game (0.44) and tied for third in game-winning goals (3) ... Amanda Feigt is tied for ninth in goals per game (0.31) ... Ashley Mason is fourth in saves per game (4.06), second in goals-against average (0.76), and second in shutouts (6).
Deatherage Makes Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week
Michelle Deatherage, a junior defender, has been named to the Top Drawer Soccer.com National Team of the Week.
Deatherage, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., helped Utah's defense shutout both Wyoming (2-0) and Air Force (3-0) last week as the Utes picked up a pair of Mountain West Conference wins at home. Deatherage has started all 16 games this season.
Utah has a 237-149 advantage in shots and an 102-79 edge in shots on goal over its opposition this season. The Utes also have a 1.59-0.74 advantage in goals scored per game.
Adele Letro leads the Utes with seven goals this season, followed by Amanda Feigt with five goals and Melissa Wayman with three. Wayman, Whitney Dorsey, Kim Lloyd and Katy Reineke each have a team-best three assists.
Utah has faced three of the four 2004 NCAA Tournament teams on its schedule, going 0-3 in those games. The Utes lost at Arizona (1-0 OT) on Sept. 16, to California at home (1-0 2OT) on Sept. 25 and at Pepperdine (1-0) on Sept. 30. Utah faces UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 22.
Utah is 4-0 in Mountain West Conference play. The Utes have finished undefeated and untied in league play once before, going 6-0 in 2003.
The Utes lost three in a row and five of six games to end their nonconference season. Utah was held scoreless in all of five of the losses. Three of those defeats came to teams ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25.
Utah won its first six games of the season for the best start in school history.
Utah is 5-5 against NSCAA/adidas Top 25 teams in four seasons under Rich Manning. In the Utes' three games against a ranked teams this season, Utah lost at No. 22 Arizona (1-0 OT) on Sept. 16, fell to No. 9 California (1-0 2OT) at home on Sept. 25 and lost at No. 10 Pepperdine (1-0) on Sept. 30. In 2004, the Utes won at No. 7 UCLA (2-1) on Oct. 1. Utah was 2-1 against NSCAA/adidas Top 25 teams in both 2002 and `03.
Utah is 0-2 in overtime games this season.
Other than giving up four goals to Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 25, goalkeeper Ashley Mason had allowed just eight goals in the other 15 games. Mason has made 65 saves with a 0.76 goals-against average in 16 games this season.
Utah scored a season-high four goals against Idaho on Sept. 4. The Utes have also scored three goals in five other games.
Utah closed out its home schedule with an 8-1 record. The U. had its first night game ever at Ute Field against Purdue on Sept. 9, drawing a season-best crowd of 1,141.
Soccer Buzz magazine rated the Utes' 2005 recruiting class as the 37th-best in the nation. This is the third consecutive year Utah's recruiting class has been rated in the top 50 in the nation. Soccer Buzz magazine has also named signees Lynzee Lee (GK, Kalispell, Mont.) and Katy Reineke (M, Salt Lake City) to its list of Top 100 high school recruits in the nation. Lee and Reineke, along with Jen Christoffers (F, Phoenix, Ariz.), have experience on the West Region Olympic Development Program team.
Utah closes out its regular season schedule against arch rival BYU on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Provo, Utah.