Rich Manning will try to lead Utah to its fourth consecutive win over BYU on Saturday.
Oct. 25, 2004
The Utes (11-4-2, 3-1-1 MWC) host arch rival Brigham Young (6-9-4, 2-1-2 MWC) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Ute Field. It is the final game of the regular season for both teams.
With a win on Saturday, Utah would finish no worse than second in the Mountain West Conference standings. UNLV and San Diego State are currently tied for first place in the league standings, one half game ahead of the Utes. Should those two teams tie in their match-up on Saturday, a Ute win would draw them even in a three-way tie for first place in the MWC final standings. If either UNLV or SDSU win, then Utah would finish second between them in the standings.
Advance Tickets Available for Utah vs. BYU Game
With a large crowd expected for Saturday's Utah vs. BYU game, fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance by calling (801) 581-UTIX or going to UtahTickets.com. Temporary bleachers have been added on the northwest side of the field to accommodate BYU fans next to their team bench.
The Cougars are 6-9-4 overall and in fourth place in the Mountain West Conference with a 2-1-2 record. Last weekend, BYU lost 3-2 in overtime at Wyoming on Thursday and won 1-0 in overtime at New Mexico on Saturday.
Junior midfielder/forward Jamie Rendich leads the Cougars with nine goals and has two assists. Sophomore forward Annie Zwahlen has four goals and two assists. Sophomore midfielder Bobbie Tillotson leads BYU with eight assists. Freshman goalkeeper Eric Woodbury has a 1.10 goals against average and has made 66 saves in 18 games this season. Head coach Jennifer Rockwood has a 164-55-10 record in her 10th season at BYU.
BYU leads the all-time series with Utah 12-3-0 and has a 5-2-0 record in games played in Salt Lake City. The Cougars won the first 12 meetings before the Utes have come back to win the last three. The Utes' last win over BYU came by a 2-0 score in the MWC Tournament championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Nov. 8, 2003.
Utah swept its two-game road swing through New Mexico and Wyoming, defeating the Lobos 2-1 on Thursday in Albuquerque and blanking Wyoming 2-0 on Saturday in Laramie.
Senior Lauren Field scored two first-half goals and Ashley Mason made five saves to lift Utah to the win over New Mexico. Field opened the scoring in the 11th minute, hitting a shot from eight yards out on the right side after taking a pass from Kim Lloyd. Field got her second goal with 14:43 remaining in the first half, chipping it over goalkeeper Kristen Winters in the box. After Amanda Feigt took a pass from Kiley Jones, Feigt slotted the ball to Field, who was waiting by the near post. The Lobos outshot the Utes 12-11. Utah finished with a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
On a breezy, 40-degree day in Laramie, the Utes took advantage of having the wind at their back in the first half by scoring two goals. Wyoming outshot the Utes 11-5 in the second half, but was unable to score thanks to six saves by Mason. Mason made nine saves in game.
Sophomore forward Hailey Marsh came off the bench to get the first goal of the game off a corner kick from Whitney Dorsey in the 28th minute. The Utes got their second goal in the 32nd minute when a Cowgirl defender attempted to pass the ball back to goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard, but instead sent the ball past her into the net. Wyoming outshot the Utes 18-11 for the game, while corner kicks were even at five apiece.
Head Coach Rich Manning
Rich Manning is 40-10-7 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).
On playing BYU: "This is one of the weeks that we have marked on our calendar for a long time. Our players and coaches are fired up for this Saturday's game. It will be a great game played in an electric environment. It's a great privilege to be a part of the Utah-BYU rivalry and to have a game on our schedule that can bring about such passion within the community. We are in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament bid and need a result to continue on that path. There will also be conference tournament seedings as well as bragging rights as stake."
On the state of the Utes: "It's been pleasing to see our team mature and develop over the last couple of weeks. Ashley Mason is playing her best soccer of the year in the net. She provided a great barrier and also showed good leadership last weekend. Tracy Stratton Garner and the rest of the defenders have had a couple of weeks to develop some cohesiveness and have steadily improved. Amanda Sanchez has stepped into Tracy's role in midfield and is directing the offense with confidence. Our forwards have been busy and dangerous. Lauren Field had a great weekend. And, Amanda Feigt has played with as much passion and heart as I have ever seen from her. We displayed great unity and mental toughness on last weekend's trip, and I hope we will demonstrate that again on Saturday."
On BYU's team: "BYU has been the standard bearer both within the conference and the Rocky Mountain region. Although they have not gotten results, they have been competitive with an extremely difficult schedule. They have terrific attacking players in Jaime Rendich and Krissa Reinbold. It will be a challenge to keep them out of the net. I like Claire Thomas in the back and have been impressed with their new goalkeeper, Erika Woodbury."
MWC Statistical Rankings
In the team statistics as of Oct. 25, Utah ranks fourth in shots (12.82 per game), first in points (5.18 per game), first in goals per game (1.65), first in assists per game (1.88), second in goals against average (0.85), sixth in saves (3.82 per game), third in fouls (12.41 per game), second in corners (6.00 per game), and tied for fourth in shutouts (6).
In the individual rankings as of Oct. 25, Kim Lloyd is tied for sixth in shots per game (2.19), fifth in points per game (0.75), first in assists per game (0.50) ... Amanda Feigt is ninth in shots per game (1.94), fourth in points per game (0.82), fifth in goals per game (0.29) ... Hailey Marsh is sixth in points per game (0.71), sixth in goals per game (0.29), tied for second in game-winning goals (3) ... Chelsea Card is eighth in points per game (0.62), fourth in goals per game (0.31), tied for second in game-winning goals (3) ... Whitney Dorsey is tied for seventh in assists per game (0.24) ... Kiley Jones is tied for seventh in assists per game (0.24) ... Ashley Mason is sixth in saves per game (3.86), fifth in goals against average (0.94), tied for fourth in shutouts (0.29) ... Glennis Donnelly is ninth in saves per game (0.50), second in goals against average (0.54), tied for sixth in shutouts (2).
The Utes are 13-2-2 in Mountain West Conference regular-season games under Rich Manning, never finishing worse than second place. 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.
In its last six games, including five conference games, Utah has recorded three shutouts while allowing just one goal in the other three games for an average of 0.50 goals per game. During that stretch, sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Mason has blanked San Diego State (T, 0-0 2OT) and Wyoming (W, 2-0), while allowing just one goal against UNLV (L, 1-0) and New Mexico (W, 2-1). Senior keeper Glennis Donnelly shutout Air Force (W, 4-0).
The Utes have held six teams scoreless this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Mason, who led the NCAA in fewest goals allowed per game last season, has accounted for four of those shutouts. Senior Glennis Donnelly has two shutouts in four games in front of the net. Mason has a 0.94 goals against average this season, while Donnelly is at 0.54.
Utah has scored at least two goals in its last four games. 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. 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 10 players accounting for at least one goal. Freshman forward Chelsea Card and sophomore forward Amanda Feigt both have a team-best five goals. Sophomore forward Hailey Marsh has four goals. Senior forward Lauren Field and sophomore defender Melissa Wayman have three goals apiece. Junior forward Kim Lloyd has a team-best eight assists, while freshman midfielder Whitney Dorsey has five assists.
Utah has outshot its opponents this season 218-145 and has a 102-61 advantage in corner kicks.
The Utes head to Provo, Utah, for the Mountain West Conference Tournament at BYU's South Stadium. The quarterfinals take place Wednesday, Nov. 3, followed by the semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 4. The championship game is Saturday, Nov. 6.