The University of Utah women's soccer team opens its 2008 season this weekend with games in North Carolina, tonight against Wake Forest and Sunday against UNC Greensboro.
The Utes are coming off a 12-5-4 season and have several returning players, including junior midfielder Kelly Isleib, senior forward Katy Reineke, sophomore defender Amanda Sanchez and sophomore forward Lauren Hair. Junior Emalee Rogers will take over goaltending duties.
Tonight's game (5 p.m. MDT) will be the Utes' first-ever against the Demon Deacons, who finished 13-7-3 last year.
"The main thing for us now is that we just need to play some games," said Ute coach Rich Manning. "The team is really ready to play outside competition and find out where we are at.There is no doubt that we are playing two very good teams in tough road environments, but I don't think there is any better way to start out and gauge our progress to this point."
The Utes open their home season Aug. 29 against Arizona at 7:30 p.m.
UTAH STATE: For the third straight year, Utah State begins its women's soccer season on the road. This year the Aggies will open today in Pocatello, Idaho, against Idaho State.
Last season, it all began with a 1-0 win against Texas State. In 2006, Utah State defeated Idaho State by the same 1-0 margin. Utah State is 3-3 in road openers. This will be the fourth time that the Aggies and the Bengals have met to start a season, with USU holding a 2-1 record.
The 13th season of Utah State soccer is hoping not to be an unlucky one. The program has an overall record of 85-125-13. Last year, the Aggies were 10-11, which was the second straight season they had won at least 10 matches.