WOMEN'S SOCCER: The Utes' soccer team will put on a youth clinic at Ute Field on Tuesday. There will be two sessions — one from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and the other from 7-8:15 p.m. Coach Rich Manning will be available throughout the clinic for comment. Utah players will also be available throughout the evening. Manning and the players will take any manner of questions regarding the clinic, the upcoming season-opener, training camp, etc.
The Utes open their season at home on Friday, Aug. 21, against Utah Valley. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Ute Field.
WOMEN'S GOLF: Utah Valley University Director of Golf Clark Rustand has announced the hiring of Chris Curran as the new head coach of the UVU women's golf program.
Curran comes to Orem after spending two seasons as an assistant for both the men's and women's golf teams at his alma mater, Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla.
"Chris brings with him his good resume and an enthusiasm for building the program that we are excited to have. I think he will do a great job," said Rustand.
"I am very excited to be here at Utah Valley. Golf is my passion and I really enjoy watching players grow and develop," said Curran. "I look forward to the challenge of taking the UVU women's golf program to the next level."
Curran has seen his share of NCAA postseason success, both as a coach and a player. He helped coach the RiverHawks' men's team to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships this past May. The team also won the 2009 Lone Star Conference Championship as well as a tournament title at the Red River Invitational.
The women's side also had a taste of the NCAA Championships, with an individual qualifier finishing 10th at the Western Regional in 2009. His sister, Julie, is currently a golfer on the Northeastern State women's team.
As a player for the NSU from 2004-07, Curran and the RiverHawks participated in four consecutive NCAA regional appearances and also achieved the school's highest-ever national ranking, No. 7, in 2007.
Curran was also a part of three straight Lone Star Conference Championships and was the team captain as a senior in 2007.
He attended Sapulpa High School in Sapulpa, Oklahoma where was a four-year letterwinner in golf and a three-time qualifier at state. He also lettered twice in basketball in high school.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Nicole Archibald and Kelly Vide connected on two goals as Utah Valley scored an 5-1 win over Big Sky favorite Weber State on Monday in Orem. The win caps a 2-0 exhibition schedule for the Wolverines, who will open the regular season at Utah on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
UVU made good use of its scoring chances, with four goals coming on just seven shots on goal before adding a fifth on an own goal off of a corner kick late in the contest.
"The second half we played a much better game. We held onto the ball and created some good scoring opportunities," said Wolverine head coach Brent Anderson. "We didn't have a ton of shots on goal but we created a lot good attack and took advantage of those opportunities."
Athena Maher put UVU on the board in the 17th minute when she beat her defender and put the ball into the top of the goal and over the head of Wildcat keeper Alyson Tucker.
Jaime Lyons added the second and final first-half goal on an assist from Katey Turner when she booted the ball past Tucker into the left corner from 10 yards out.
Archibald's first goal came in the 53rd minute on a pass from Vide and then, just seven minutes later, she scored again from 20 yards out on another Vide assist to make it 4-0.
"She's really stepped up and made herself a very dangerous player," said Anderson of Archibald. "She's confident, she's has a ton of speed and she's working on incorporating her teammates and reading the game. As the season goes on I expect to see more and more good things from her."
The Wolverines got some luck on their fifth goal when Abbey Cotant's corner kick was deflected in by the Wildcats, resulting in an own goal and making it 5-0.
Weber State got on the board just seconds later when Kylie Johnson scored from a long way out, about 35 yards.
VOLLEYBALL: With less than two weeks before the 2009 season officially begins, the Aggies' team will hold an intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 22, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The scrimmage will be held in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and is open to the public.
Fourth-year USU head coach Grayson DuBose welcomes back six starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that finished 11-17 on the season and in fourth place in the WAC with a 9-7 league mark. USU also welcomes seven
newcomers to the program, which includes one transfer and six freshmen. Among those returning for Utah State is a trio of second-team all-WAC performers from a year ago in junior middle blocker Katie Astle, junior setter Chelsea Fowles and junior libero Christine Morrill, while sophomore opposite side hitter Emily Kortsen was named to the league's all-freshman team in 2008. USU also returns junior middle blocker Danielle Taylor, who earned second-team all-WAC honors in 2007 before redshirting during the 2008 season.
After earning second-team all-WAC honors last year, Fowles and Morrill have both been named to the league's all-preseason team this year, as Fowles was one of just two setters to be named to the 12-person team, while Morrill was the only libero listed among the group.
Utah State, which is picked to finish third in the WAC this season according to the league's coaches, opens the 2009 season on Aug. 28 against Weber State in a tournament hosted by the Wildcats. USU's first home match of the season will be against in-state rival Brigham Young on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Smith Spectrum.
CROSS COUNTRY: Northern Arizona has been selected first in both the men's and women's 2009 Big Sky Conference cross country polls.
The Northern Arizona women were a unanimous selection with nine first-place votes and 81 points. The Lumberjacks return an impressive lineup of runners, including All-American Veronica Pohl. Pohl won the 2009 individual Big Sky title, on her way to finishing 12th at the NCAA Championship. Northern Arizona is expected to continue its dominance of the Big Sky. The Lumberjacks have won back-to-back championships, along with eight of the last 10.
Weber State has been selected second with 65 points, while Sacramento State received 64 points. Montana was voted fourth and Idaho State fifth.
The men's program at Northern Arizona also received a unanimous selection in the poll. The Lumberjacks have won 12 of the last 15 Big Sky Championships, and will be looking to win their third in a row in 2009. Northern Arizona's two-time All-American selection David McNeill will return to defend his Big Sky conference title. McNeill received his second All-American selection after finishing 15th at the NCAA Championship.
The only other programs to win Big Sky Championships in last 15 years finished second and third in the poll. Weber State, 1997 & 2006 champions, received 69 points, while 2002 champion, Montana State, tallied 60 points.