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U. soccer battling injuries as Pac-12 play looms

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Following what coach Rich Manning calls an “adventurous” pre-conference season, the Utah women’s soccer team gets down to business this weekend in its first-ever game in the Pac-12 Conference.The 4-4-1 Utes will play Oregon (5-3-1) in Eugene Friday night before returning home for a pair of games against Arizona State and Arizona next weekend.”I feel like this team has made a lot of progress this fall,” said Manning, who is in his 10th year as the Ute head coach. “There have been a lot of things for the players to deal with, but they’ve come through it all stronger.”Manning is talking mostly about injuries, which have plagued the Utes since before the season began and throughout the nine games so far. In five of the first six games, the Utes lost a player that either went out for the season or an extended period of time.As a result, the Utes have had to play some younger players perhaps before they were quite ready and it’s taken some time for the team to adapt. The Utes have started 18 different players this year and are currently starting five freshmen and three sophomores among the first 11.”The spirit of the team is positive,” Manning says. “They’re improving and working hard.”The Utes started off slowly, not scoring a goal in their first four games, which included a tie against Cal State-Fullerton and losses to BYU, Nevada and Utah State.A 3-0 win over Utah Valley got the Utes going and they followed with wins over UC Riverside, Weber State and Idaho State and a tough 2-1 loss to Saint Mary’s.The Utes have just three seniors playing significant minutes this year and no juniors.Goalkeeper Hannah Turpen has been “rock solid” in the goal for the Utes, says Manning, allowing just 10 goals in nine games. Erin Dalley, a senior forward from Viewmont High, is the top returning scorer from last year, and is one of two players with two goals this year. Lauren Dudley, a defender from Las Vegas, has started all but one game for the Utes this year and is solid in the back.Among the younger players, McKel Wall, a freshman forward from Fremont High, leads the Utes in scoring with two goals and an assist, while Jill Robison, a freshman forward from Layton, has a goal and two assists.The Utes have 15 local players on the team this year and several are making significant contributions.The only three players, along with Turpen, who have started all nine games are Harley Spier, a sophomore defender from Lehi, Avery Ford, a freshman defender from Bonneville and Katie Taylor, a freshman forward from Davis High.Others in the starting lineup for the Utes are Sarah Duncan, a freshman defender from Springville, Jenny Hutton, a sophomore defender from Colorado, Allie Wisner, a sophomore midfielder from Montana and Abby Groth, a freshman defender from Georgia.”All of the young players are figuring out how to play,” says Manning. “We’re getting more continuity as players are playing their more natural positions.”Manning thought 2010 was his worst season for injuries, but this year may top it.Katie Martinez, a midfielder from Colorado, who has already had several injuries in her career, went out with a torn ACL in the first game and is out for the season.Lauren Porter, a captain and four-year starter from East High, went out in the second game with a knee injury, but Manning hopes to have her back for the bulk of the Pac-12 season.Two others who have been out with injuries are Monica Okapal, a sophomore from Bountiful and Monique Morrison, a freshman defender from Juan Diego High School. Several others have missed games.The Utes will play all 11 Pac-12 opponents this year. Three Pac-12 teams are currently ranked in the latest top 25, led by No. 1 Stanford. UCLA is No. 4 and Cal is ranked No. 22 and Oregon State and Washington State are receiving votes.Although the Utes were picked 11th in the preseason poll, Manning feels his young team can play with most of the teams in the Pac-12 and is looking forward to a good season.”I’m really proud of how this team has worked through everything,” said Manning. “We’ll just keep rolling with it.”email: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Triple bundles of twin joy

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS IT’S not often multiple sets of twins are born at a time in St John of God…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img