The Team

Utah returns several key players from the 2018 season when it finished fourth in the Pac-12 Conference—its second-highest since joining the league in 2011—and narrowly missed out on making the NCAA Tournament.

The Utes got on a roll late in the season, dropping only two of its final nine matches. Included in that run were wins over No. 7 Washington State and No. 21 Colorado, and a draw with No. 2 USC. The win at CU was Utah’s first on a ranked opponent’s home field since 2007. The Utes also recorded their first win over Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., and their first victory all-time against Cal, which also happened on the road. Utah finished with nine wins overall and 6-4-1 record in Pac-12 play.

Leading the attack up front in 2019 will be senior forward Ireland Dunn, who led the team with seven assists and was second with four goals a year ago. Sophomore forward Makayla Christensen had three goals and eight points to rank fourth on the team in both categories last season.

Four seniors will be counted on to hold things down in the middle and back line. Holly Daugirda has a pair of goals and nine assists in her career. Tavia Leachman was an NSCAA All-Pacific Region second team selection in 2016 before injuries limited her availability he last two years. Haylee Cacciacarne played in all 19 games last year. She has four goals and five assists in her career. Aleea Gwerder played in the back row in every game the first two years of her career before playing in just 11 games in 2018.

Sophomore defender Hailey Stodden earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman team in 2018, getting a goal and an assist while playing in all 19 games. Juniors Jessica Hixon, who scored a goal, Kristin Fairbairn, who had two assists, and Natalie Kump all played significant minutes in the midfield area a year ago.

Senior goalkeeper Carly Nelson finished the regular season atop the Pac-12 charts with 92 saves. She also led the league with six shutouts in conference play. Her eight shutouts overall were one away from the Utah single-season mark. She was at her best in some of Utah’s biggest games, making nine saves against Washington and then blanking top-10 ranked Wazzu to earn Pac-12 keeper of the week honors. She had 21 saves in the last two games against USC and Colorado.

Carly Nelson
Tavia Leachman

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Hailey Skolmoski

Fifth-leading goal scorer in Utah history

Two-time All-Pac-12 and All-Region performer

First team All-Pac-12 in 2016

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U23 Team Camp

Hailey Skolmoski and Tavia Leachman were invited to the 2017 U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team camp.

On the Road

Come along with the Utah soccer team as it enjoys life on the road throughout the Pac-12 and beyond.

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.

Ohana – Our Family

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

Haley Farrar

Ali Schinko

Brooklyn James

Hailey Stodden

Natalie Kump

Emali Mackinnon

Head Coach - Rich Manning

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, '13, '16 and '18

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

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

7 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honorees.

97 Pac-12 Academic All-Conference and Honorable Mention selections, including a league-best 12 in 2018.

33 First-Team All-Conference selections all time.

28 NSCAA All-Region selections, including two in 2018.

5 Conference Players of the Year.

5 NSCAA Scholar All-Americans.

17 NSCAA Team Academic Awards, including 10 in a row dating back to 2009t to pace the Pac-12.

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 was a professional player with teams in Belgium, Germany and Japan, as well as the Seattle Reign, Kansas City FC and Orlando Pride in the NWSL.

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!"

  • 18th season at Utah.
  • 171 career wins with 73 conference wins and seven NCAA Tournaments.
  • 4 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.
  • 7th 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.

Allie Wisner

Assistant Coach

"After graduating, I spent six years chasing my dream all over the world. Utah has always been a special place for me, not just because I played here but because it became my true home. I have always known I wanted to coach and envisioned this path. I am ready to get to work and put all I have into this program because I want to help these amazing student-athletes achieve their dreams."

  • In her first year as an assistant coach after joining Utah in an administrative role in 2018.
  • Four-year starter and two-time captain led the Utes to a third-place finish in the Pac-12 and the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
  • Played professionally with teams in Belgium and Germany, as well as the Seattle Reign, Kansas City FC and Orlando Pride. Spent 2017 in Japan before participating in preseason camp with the Utah Royals in 2018.
  • Graduated from the U. in 2014.

Devin Zimmerman

Goalkeeper Coach

"I am excited for this opportunity to be working with the University of Utah this season. I cannot wait to get going with this coaching staff and goalkeeper group."

  • Played at Fort Lewis College, leading it to an NCAA Division II runner-up finish in 1999. Helped the Skyhawks capture RMAC titles and NCAA Tournament berths three times.
  • Member of the Utah Select Team and USASA National Team from 2004-07. Attended MLS Training Camp in Bradenton, Fla., and played in the USL with the Portland Timbers.
  • Worked with Utah Steam, FC United, Weber State men’s team, 7 Elite Academy and Utah ODP.
  • Joined Southern Virginia University as an assistant working with goalkeepers in 2016. Was an assistant coach working with the goalkeepers for Ogden City SC of the USL 2.

Team Facilities

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

Here's a closer look.

Ute 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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