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knielsen | Posted: 12 Oct 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

No. 18 Broncos drop No. 22 Cougars

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - An 83rd minute goal beat the No. 22 BYU women's soccer team against No. 18 Santa Clara on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The loss is BYU's (7-4-1, 1-1-0) first in conference play this season and first West Coast Conference loss since Oct. 29, 2011.
"We really battled hard," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "We're clearly improving, but Santa Clara was just better as a team today."
Santa Clara (8-3-1, 2-0-0) worked the ball across the top of the box and found Katie Spiedel who beat a defender then Erica Owens to the near post for the game winner.
In the 11th minute, BYU struck first. Jaiden Thornock found space just outside the box and crossed the ball to Colette Jepson Smith who beat the defense to the ball and the keeper for a 1-0 lead. The goal was Jepson Smith's third of the season and it was also the first goal against Santa Clara in conference play.
Santa Clara evened the game in the 40th minute as Sofia Huerta was led perfectly by Julie Johnston towards goal. Huerta toe-poked the ball over a sliding Owens for the equalizer.
The Broncos had almost taken a lead in the 8th minute off an errant back pass that hit off the crossbar. Morgan Marlborough tried to head it over Owens but headed it over the goal as well. 
In the 48th minute, Cloee Colohan got an open look in the box but blistered the ball off the post. 
After Colohan was given a yellow card in the 58th minute, Santa Clara followed with an open look on goal that hit off the crossbar. Owens smothered a chance at the near post on a header in the 72nd minute to keep the game tied.
BYU returns to action at South Field this Thursday, Oct. 17 hosting Pepperdine at 7 p.m. MDT. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv.
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knielsen | Posted: 7 Oct 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU begins WCC play with San Francisco, No. 18 Santa Clara


The No. 22 BYU women's soccer team begins West Coast Conference play on the road this week with games against San Francisco on Thursday and Santa Clara on Saturday. BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood is also one win away from her 300th career victory.

BYU is the defending WCC champion and hasn't lost a conference game since 2011.

BYU defeated No. 20 Baylor 2-1 on Friday in Waco, Texas. Goals from Cloee Colohan and Colette Jepson Smith were enough to give the Cougars their sixth win of the season.The Cougars (6-3-1) take on the Dons (5-5-2, 0-1-0) on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. MDT. San Francisco opened WCC play with a 1-0 loss at Saint Mary's on Saturday. The Dons are currently on a three-game losing streak and haven't won in five games.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, BYU will face No. 18 Santa Clara (6-3-1) at 2 p.m. MDT. The game will be streamed on The Broncos were preseason conference favorites and will face San Diego on Thursday before taking on the Cougars. The Broncos won their last two games over Kansas and Cal Poly by a combined 7-2 score.

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