2018 "Relentless"

A year removed from the best season in Utah history, veteran head coach Rich Manning can see bright days ahead.

After stumbling in 2017, due largely to injuries, the Utes are looking to recapture the magic of 2016. During that campaign, Utah enjoyed the best post-season run in school history and finished with a No. 16 national ranking, its highest year-end mark year since 2006.

Many key pieces from that squad are still on the roster and once again fully fit, including All-Pac-12 performers Paola van der Veen, Hailey Skolmoski and Tavia Leachman. Utah also added 13 newcomers to its solid nucleus.


Hermann Award candidate Hailey Skolmoski led the team in goals the last two seasons and is the first player in program history to earn first team All-Pac-12 honors. At the center forward position, freshman Makalya Christensen provides cover for Skolmoski. Winger Max Flom enters her senior season having played in every game of her career. Veteran Ireland Dunn will join her on the opposite side.

Attacking Midfielders

Netherlands native Paola van der Veen, an All-NSCAA and All-Pac-12 selection last season, finished among the conference's top five in goals and points. A pair of redshirt sophomores, Kristin Fairbairn and Natalie Kump, will battle some talented newcomers for playing time.

Defensive Midfielders

Haylee Cacciacarne played every game last season and led the Utes in assists. Demi Lopez is back after missing all of last year with an injury, while Jessica Hixson came on late in the season.

Utah finally has its center-back pairing 100 percent healthy. Tavia Leachman, an All-Pac-12 performer and NSCAA All-Pacific Region honoree as a freshman, has fully recovered from injury. Aleea Gwerder, who started every game at outside back as a freshman, has moved to a central position. Her fitness level was on full display during an impressive fall camp.

Tavia Leachman


A pair of U.S. Youth Team selections, Holly Daugirda and Hailey Stodden, are prepared to start at the outside back slots. Tatum Thornton could also see time as a starter after playing 11 games as a freshman.


Carly Nelson returns in goal for a third straight season after playing 16 games for the Utes last year. SJ Edwards redshirted last season after earning Oregon ODP Player of the Year honors prior to her arrival at Utah.

Paola van der Veen

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Hailey Skolmoski

New Home in 2019!

Tavia Leachman
Tavia Leachman

Construction is underway on a new competition and practice complex for the Utah women's soccer and men's lacrosse programs. It will be located near the existing McCarthey Family Track & Field and the Dumke Family Softball Stadium off Wasatch Drive on the U. campus.

The competition field will be a high-performance sand-based field with drainage, allowing for play on a safe surface even during heavy rain. Lights will be installed, providing the option for night games and televised contests.

Phase 1 of project will include the playing field, lights and seating on the east side. Phase 2 will include more seating on the west side and a building that will include locker rooms, a training room, equipment room, coaches' offices, concession stands, rest rooms and a press box. Plans for the complex also include a practice field immediately west of the stadium.

About Us

On the Rise




Be Relentless

Tour of Germany

Utah soccer traveled to Germany for three matches during a 10-day stretch in May 2017. 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

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

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

6 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honorees

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

33 First-Team All-Conference selections all time

26 NSCAA All-Region selections

5 Conference Players of the Year

5 NSCAA Scholar All-Americans

15 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!"

  • 17th season at Utah.
  • 168 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).


Scott Halasz

Associate Head Coach


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

- Pele
  • Promoted to associate head coach in 2018.
  • 6th season on the Utah staff, including five years as an assistant.
  • 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.

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."

  • 7th 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).

Cheyanne Mulcock

Goalkeeper Coach

"I would like to thank Coach Manning for this great opportunity. I am very excited to work with these players. I am very familiar with the program after playing under Coach Manning and can't wait to work with an outstanding group of goalkeepers."

  • 1st season as an assistant at Utah.
  • Played for the Utes from 2010-13, earning Pac-12 and Mountain West All-Academic honors.
  • Coached Salt Lake area club teams Utah Glory and Utah Avalanche.
  • Bachelor's degree from Utah and earned a nursing degree from Westminster College. Works as a nurse at the U.

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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