BYU takes season opener 3-1 over Cal State Fullerton
The No. 6 BYU women’s soccer team opened up the regular season with a dominating 3-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday night at South Field.
“I was really proud of the team and the way we came out,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “We wanted to come out with a lot of energy and put Fullerton on their heels. I thought we did a good job of that.”
BYU was led by senior midfielder Rachel Manning, who scored two goals on the night.
“Scoring feels great and it’s always great to be back on the field,” Manning said. “We have been working hard all summer and it is great to see the hard work paying off.“
The Cougars threatened from the onset as Colette Jepson Smith’s header in the first minute required a fantastic save from Fullerton goalie Lindsey Maricic. The pressure continued as BYU had four corners in the first four minutes of the game and nine in the first half.
Fullerton challenged BYU keeper Erica Owens for the first time in the 25th minute on a shot by Christina Burkenroad but Owens made a diving save to her left to preserve the scoreless tie.
In the 26th minute, the Cougars broke through when Paige Hunt served a free kick into the box and Manning’s header beat the keeper to the right corner of the goal.
BYU held a 1-0 lead going into halftime as well as a 9-4 shot advantage.
Fullerton broke through in the 74th minute on a goal by substitute Ali White, who ran down BYU defender Avery Calton from behind, stole the ball then beat Owens one-on-one.
The Cougars extended the lead to 3-1 when Manning scored her second goal of the night in the 78th minute, putting a penalty kick past the keeper in the left corner of the net. The penalty kick was set up when Hatch beat Fullerton defender Morgan Batcheller and then was taken down in the box as she was shooting. Batcheller drew a yellow card on the play.
The Cougars return to action at home on Saturday, Aug. 31 hosting Big Ten powerhouse Nebraska followed by a trip to Louisiana State University on Monday, Sept. 2 to take on the No. 22-ranked Tigers.
BYU starts season versus Cal State Fullerton
The No. 6 BYU women’s soccer team will host the Cal State Fullerton Titans in the regular season opener for both teams on Friday, Aug. 23. The game will be televised on BYUtv and will start at 7 p.m. MT.
The Titans tied No. 11 San Diego State 0-0 in their exhibition on Aug. 16, while the Cougars defeated the Haiti women’s national team 5-0 the same night.
Four different Cougars scored against Haiti. Senior Cloee Colohan scored two goals, while senior Rachel Manning, sophomore Marissa Nimmer and freshman Ashley Hatch also scored against Haiti. Goalkeepers Erica Owens and Hilary Smith Kaufusi kept Haiti scoreless.
Cal State Fullerton is the defending Big West regular season champion and was picked by their league to repeat. The Titans held No. 11 San Diego State to a scoreless draw in their exhibition game and Fullerton’s goalkeeper Lindsey Marcic will be in goal for the third straight year for the Titans. She is top five in six career goalkeeping categories for the Titans.
The Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA) and BYU have teamed up for Youth Soccer Night on Aug. 23. Any child wearing his/her youth soccer jersey receives a $1 general admission ticket to the game against Cal State Fullerton. All children wearing jerseys can be on the field during warmups. There will be free magnets, posters and autograph signing after the game. Season tickets are on sale for $50 for a reserved seat. Family passes are $15.