Utah women’s soccer sophomore Hailey Skolmoski (19) dribbles through the defense vs San Diego at the Ute Soccer Field on Friday, August 26, 2016
Before the No. 20 ranked University of Utah soccer team opens its season next Sunday, the Utes will hit the road to face the Weber State Wildcats in an exhibition match on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.
Although the Utes lost a couple of their top players and leaders last season after finishing 13-4-5, many of the returning players have stepped up to the challenge of taking on a leadership role to help guide the team. The Utes return eight starters and they were able to sign more players for the upcoming 2017 season than they were forced say goodbye to last season. Newcomers like Tatum Thornton, SJ Edwards, Jessica Hixson, LuLu Borges, Demi Lopez, Cameron Tingey and Zona Kinnaman will play a role on this team as well.
The Utes, who made it to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for their first time in program history last season, have been picked to finish fifth this year in the Pac-12 Conference according to a preseason poll put together by the leagues coaches.
The exhibition match will give Utah women’s …