The Utes are coming off their eighth NCAA tournament appearance in 2019. Utah was one of nine teams in the Pac-12 to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships after closing the year with a win over No. 21 Washington and Colorado.
The 2019 team was led by six senior starters that carried the bulk of minutes for Utah, including Tavia Leachman and Carly Nelson, named to the All-Pacific Region team.
After losing 14 letterwinners from a year ago, Utah will feature a reshaped team in the spring of 2021. Among the veterans, junior defender/midfielder Hailey Stodden started every game last season, while midfielders Courtney Talbot and Jessica Hixson both started 17 games.
Sophomore midfielder Hanah Olsen was a 5A All-State selection at Brighton High School. Junior forward Ann Escobedo played 10 games and started two in 2019, registering six shots. She scored the first goal of career for a game-winner versus San Diego. Junior Haley Farrar played seven games and notched two shots, one each against Utah State and Nevada.
Utah soccer added 10 freshmen to this year's squad. Hailey Povilus and Erin Bridges were teammates at East High School in Salt Lake City, while Taliana Kaufusi was another local standout at Highland High School.
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."