Utah advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2019, fueled once again by an outstanding defense that recorded 10 shutouts.
The Utes recorded eight wins and had four draws during the season, including back-to-back 1-0 wins over No. 21 Washington and Colorado to lock up and NCAA berth. Utah fell at No. 12 Duke in the first round of the NCAAs.
Tavia Leachman and Carly Nelson both earned All-Pacific Region honors by the United Soccer Coaches. Leachman was also named Second Team All-Pac-12 and Nelson made the All-Pac-12 Third Team. This is the 10th time in program history the Utes have had multiple honorees in a single season. Since 1999, 21 Utes have earned 29 All-Region honors.
Leachman, a senior defender, started all 21 games in 2019 and played every minute in all but two contests. She earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after Utah’s blanking of Colorado. Leachman was joined on the backline by two more senior standouts, Aleea Gwerder and Haylee Cacciacarne.
Nelson, a senior goalkeeper, led the Pac-12 and ranked 13th nationally with 10 shutouts and ranked 24th with 101 saves. She also ranked second in the conference with an .808 save percentage. Nelson became the first Ute in almost two decades to top 100 stops in a single season. She amassed 23 shutouts for her career, ranking third in Utah history, and set the single-season mark for blankings by a Utah goalkeeper.
Senior Ireland Dunn led the team with 11 points and five goals. Senior Holly Daugirda was second with eight points and three goals. Aleea Gwerder, Courtney Talbot and Alexis Rushlow scored two goals apiece. Hailey Stodden had a team-high three assists.
Hailey Skolmoski and Tavia Leachman were invited to the 2017 U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team camp.
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.
Meet members of the Utah soccer team and find out what being a Ute is all about.
"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!"
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing."
"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."
"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."