The Pac-12 introduced Friday afternoon that Saturday’s Utah-UCLA soccer sport, scheduled for Saturday night time on the Rose Bowl, has been canceled.
And the reason being that Utah couldn’t meet the minumum 53-player roster for the sport, as a consequence of continued optimistic assessments for COVID-19. The identical challenge scuttled the Utes’ scheduled season opener towards Arizona every week in the past.
“The Pac-12 has, after session with Utah, canceled the Utah at UCLA soccer sport scheduled for November 14,” the convention mentioned in an announcement. “This choice was made below the Pac-12′s soccer sport cancellation coverage as a consequence of Utah not having the minimal variety of scholarship gamers out there for the sport on account of numerous optimistic soccer student-athlete COVID-19 circumstances and ensuing isolation of extra soccer student-athletes below contact tracing protocols. Below convention coverage, the sport might be declared a no contest.”
The Utes at present have 17 confirmed optimistic circumstances among the many gamers, coaches and employees, and a further 11 members of this system are actually in quarantine as a consequence of contact tracing protocols, the varsity mentioned in an announcement.
Utah soccer coach Kyle Whittingham mentioned he hoped for one of the best this week — but in addition bracing for the worst.
“We went into this week figuring out it was a day-to-day state of affairs,” Whittingham mentioned in an announcement. “We’ve been doing all the things we will below the circumstances to organize for the sport and comply with all tips and protocols. As is all the time the case, the well being and security of our student-athletes come first.”
Added Utah athletic director Mark Harlan:
“Our neighborhood is very hard-hit proper now by this virus, and our crew and our division have been doing all the things attainable to comply with protocols and keep away from the unfold of the virus,” he mentioned in an announcement. “We have been doing very effectively, day-by-day, and this can be very troublesome for our student-athletes and coaches that they will be unable to compete once more this week.
“We additionally acknowledge the frustration for our followers, and we all know how upsetting it’s for UCLA’s soccer program,” Harlan continued. “We’ve maintained shut communication with UCLA and we have been very hopeful this sport could be performed. As I’ve mentioned from the start of the pandemic, the well-being and security of our student-athletes stays our high precedence and guides all of our selections and we’re following the suggestions of medical professionals.”
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