The Utah women's soccer team is no longer just happy to be in the Pac-12 Conference. This year, the Utes are aiming to win the league.
Those were the words of coach Rich Manning in the wake of a 0-0 draw with No. 11 California, before 1,231 on Friday night. The words echoed the thoughts of a team that told themselves this summer that this is the year to make an impact in the conference.
So, it had to be a little disappointing to walk away with a tie after regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtimes. For much of the game, Utah was the better team, the more aggressive team. The Utes controlled possession and generated scoring opportunities they usually put away.