The Deseret First Duel began in September 2007 as a way for BYU, the University of Utah and the Deseret First Credit Union to celebrate the spirited rivalry that dates back as far as the 1890s. Before then, there was no established means of recognizing and differentiating between the two schools and their athletic dominance.
BYU and Utah compete against each other in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s swimming. Points are awarded to the school that wins each game, meet or match. BYU defeated Utah to win the opening Deseret First Duel in 2007-08.
In 2007, the Cougars met Utah on Saturday October 13th. Despite allowing only four shots and one goal against the Utes, the then No. 14 BYU Cougars lost their first game of that season 1-0 at South Field after being on a 13 game winning streak.
The Cougars outshot the Utes 10-4 and tallied five shots on goal in the game. The impressive BYU defense didn’t allow Utah’s Adele Letro, who had led the MWC in goals scored at the time, to fire even one shot in the entire game. That victory for the Utes gave them six more points in the year’s race for the trophy.
In 2008, the Cougars met Utah on Saturday October 4th. With the rain and cold to play in, the Cougars still managed to find the back of the net five times in the first half to take them to a 5-0 victory of the Utes in the first conference action for both teams.
The Cougars tallied three goals in the first 18 minutes of that game. With the victory, BYU won the soccer portion of the Deseret First Duel and also earned six points toward the overall school competition.
This year the Cougars will meet Utah Oct. 3 on South Field.