Not that they need any extra motivation, but there's plenty for the Utah soccer team as it plays its final regular-season game today at noon against Wyoming in Laramie.
The Utes (11-3-4 overall) are in third place at 3-1-2 in league play heading into the game, but can finish with the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Mountain West Conference tournament and a first-round bye. A loss will put them clear back in fifth place and playing on Wednesday in the MWC tournament.
"It's a big edge in the tournament not to have to play the first day," coach Rich Manning said. "We want to win anyway, but it's a nice incentive for us. It gives us a focus point. We also believe we're in the hunt for an (NCAA) at-large berth."
The Utes are led by Adele Letro, who is sixth in the nation in scoring and third in goals scored with 17, and Kelly Isleib, who is second in the nation in assists per game (0.75).
The Cowgirls, who knocked off first-place UNLV on Thursday, are 3-3 in MWC play and 8-9 overall. A victory would vault them past Utah in the MWC standings. Depending on the outcome of Friday night's game between BYU and UNLV and their game with Wyoming, the Utes could finish anywhere from a tie for first to fifth place. If Utah loses, it will be fifth. If it wins, it could tie for the title if BYU and UNLV tie or finish second no matter who wins.