2017 "Unleash"

Utah women’s soccer brings back an experienced team from the program’s historic 2016 season, when the Utes advanced to their first-ever NCAA Sweet 16. Utah won 13 games—their most since 2006—and accrued their highest point total since joining the Pac-12.

The Utes return a pair of NSCAA All-Region and All-Pac-12 performers in Hailey Skolmoski and Tavia Leachman. Skolmoski is back, along with 80 percent of the team’s scoring output from a year ago. Leachman is part of a completely intact backline. Both goalkeepers from 2016 return as well.

In 2016, Skolmoski became the first Ute to ever earn first team All-Pac-12 honors. Her 13 goals were the most for any Ute since 2007 and ranked 23rd in the nation, tops among Pac-12 players. Skolmoski is joined up front by four-year starter Natalie Vukic. In the attacking midfield role, Utah welcomes back Paola van der Veen. Limited due to injuries in 2016, the Dutch native led the team in assists and was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team in 2015. Junior midfielder Eden Jacobsen started 19 games last season.

At center defender, Leachman burst on the scene and was one of three freshmen to start every game on the back line a year ago. Her partner in crime was Natalee Wells, who developed into a dangerous dead-ball specialist. She assisted on the game-winners vs. No. 9 UCLA and NCAA Tournament victim Texas Tech before adding another helper in the victory over No. 10 FSU. Defender Janie Kearl is one of two seniors on the roster and has played in every game the last two years.

In goal, July Mathias started 16 games for the Utes and finished 25th in the nation with a 0.67 goals-against average. She had a .859 save percentage, good for 21st in the nation. Carly Nelson started six games as a newcomer.

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Tour of Germany

Utah soccer traveled to Germany for three matches during a 10-day stretch in mid-May. The Utes traveled to a number of cities including Frankfurt, Munich and Augsburg while also making a jaunt into the Alps. Utah played matches against SC Opel 06 Ru¨sselheim, MTV Dießen and FC Staad. The team also took in a Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Hamburger SV, visited a TSV Hoffenheim practice at its training ground, and took a tour of the Allianz Arena, home of German champion Bayern Munich.

U23 Team Camp

Hailey Skolmoski and Tavia Leachman were invited to the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team camp from Jan. 6-13 in Carson, Calif.

Road Trip

Come along for the ride as we traveled to Milwaukee and Chicago to take on Marquette and DePaul – our first road trip in 2015.

2015 Utah Soccer Road Trip

Ohana – Our Family

Meet members of the Utah soccer team and find out what being a Ute is all about.

Rich Manning

Head Coach

Alma Mater: Santa Clara ‘86

Max Flom

Forward – Littleton, Colo.

Major: Political Science

Holly Daugirda

Defender/Forward – Salt Lake City

Major: Undeclared

Tavia Leachman

Defender – Long Beach, Calif.

Major: Undeclared

Hailey Skolmoski

Defender – Riverton, Utah

Major: Human Development & Family Studies

Paola Van Der Veen

Midfielder – Leidschendam, Netherlands

Major: Communication

Supporting U

The Utah soccer program provides 360 ° development, supporting every aspect of a student-athlete's life to help her reach her full potential on and off the field. What does this mean? Scroll over each person in the family photo to see how they make a difference! (For optimal viewing, use a computer or tablet.)

The Story of Us


Seven NCAA Tournament appearances ('02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '13, '16)

Top-five finish in the Pac-12 Conference in 2011, 2013 and 2016

Consistently top three in the Pac-12 and top 25 in the NCAA in home attendance since 2011

Four regular-season conference championships (1999, 2003, ‘05, ‘06)

Two conference tournament titles (2003, ‘04)

Utah's Greatest

10 Pac-12 All-Conference Team and Honorable Mention selections since 2011

6 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honorees

69 Pac-12 Academic All-Conference and Honorable Mention selections

33 First-Team All-Conference selections all time

25 NSCAA All-Region selections

5 Conference Players of the Year

5 NSCAA Scholar All-Americans

14 NSCAA Team Academic Awards

Play for Utah = Shot at the Pros

Lindsey Luke #00 | Allie Wisner #10

Lindsey Luke was a fourth-round pick by the Seattle Reign in the 2016 NWSL Draft. She earned second team All-Pac-12 and NSCAA All-Region honors. In 2013, she set the Utah single-season mark with nine shutouts and ranked fifth in the nation in save percentage.

Allie Wisner captained the Utes to the 2013 NCAA Tournament and a third-place finish in the Pac-12. She played for Anderlecht (Belgium) in the BeNe League and has been an amateur player in the NWSL for the Seattle Reign, FC Kansas City and now the Orlando Pride.

Head Coach

Rich Manning


"We love working with the ball, playing ball and having a ball. There is nothing like testing yourself to be your best alongside great people. Our team is bursting with players and staff that love the game and want to push each other. I love coming to the University each day. We have such a positive and energized environment. We love representing the Utes. And I see our players every day achieving great things on and off the field. It's AWESOME!"

  • 16th season at Utah.
  • 163 career wins with 67 conference wins and 7 NCAA Tournaments.
  • Three top-five Pac-12 finishes since 2011.
  • Assistant at Santa Clara University (3 College Cups, including the 2001 NCAA Championship).
  • Graduated from Santa Clara University (played on the men's team).


Gabe Smart

Assistant Coach


"Success to me is giving your best effort consistently, embracing the challenges, getting back up, and having just enough GRIT to finish what you start. It always boils down to hard work. Talent, opportunity, winning all look a lot like hard work. Every time one of our players reaches a milestone or finds their daily success, this is winning."

  • 6th season as an assistant at Utah.
  • Head Coach at Utah Valley University (started the program).
  • Utah Avalanche Girls' Soccer Club Director of Coaching.
  • Graduated from Brigham Young University (played on the team).

Scott Halasz

Assistant Coach


"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing."

- Pele
  • 5th season as an assistant at Utah.
  • Assistant at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington and Tacoma Community College (Men).
  • Washington Premier Club and ECNL Director, Washington state ODP and EDP teams, Region IV ODP Girls 96s assistant coach.
  • Graduated from Seattle University.

Brenden Ottman

Assistant Coach

"I am very excited to have an opportunity to be on the staff here at Utah and to work with the goalkeepers. My philosophy for the goalkeepers is to adapt my coaching to each player's unique style and to bring out their potential in all aspects of the position."

  • 1st season as an assistant at Utah.
  • Coached at Utah Valley in 2016, where the Wolverines allowed just 1.14 goals per game.
  • Worked with Utah Celtic FC and coached the '01 and '05 Green teams as well as training the club's goalkeepers.
  • Played with BYU in the USL Premier Development League the past four years.

Team Facilities

Utah Soccer utilizes some of the finest facilities in the nation.

Here's a closer look.

Ute Soccer Field

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Spence Eccles Field House

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Sorenson High Performance Center

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Burbidge Academics Center

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