The Team

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.

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

Be Relentless

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


Eight NCAA Tournament appearances ('02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '13, '16, ‘19)

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

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

7 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honorees.

111 Pac-12 Academic All-Conference and Honorable Mention selections, including 14 in 2019.

33 First-Team All-Conference selections all time.

30 NSCAA All-Region selections, including two in 2019.

5 Conference Players of the Year.

5 NSCAA Scholar All-Americans.

18 NSCAA Team Academic Awards, including 11 in a row dating back to 2009 to pace the Pac-12.

Received a Public Recognition Award for an APR among the top 10 percent of NCAA Division I teams in 2020.

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!"

  • 19th season at Utah.
  • 179 career wins with 76 conference wins and eight 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.
  • 8th season on the Utah staff, including six 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 second 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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