The Cougars (13-4-1 overall, 7-1-0 West Coast Conference) recorded 14 shots in the match and held the Tigers (4-11-3 overall, 3-4-1 WCC) to just six.
“In the first half, I thought our midfielders and defenders did a great job. But we were unable to be as dangerous as we would have liked to have been,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “Pacific is a dangerous counterattacking team and you never know what will happen, especially with what happened in the first minute. In the second half I was proud of the girls, they came out on fire, ready to compete, ready to get behind the defense and I thought we were really dangerous.”
In the first minute of the game, Pacific’s Zarette Munoz-Aguilar scored from about 20 yards out to put the Tigers up 1-0. Munoz received the ball from Maricela Padilla and carried it down the left side before shooting the ball over Erica Owens’ head into the lower left corner from just outside the box.
Eleven minutes into the half, BYU evened the score at 1-1 on Colohan’s fifth goal of the season. Niki Fernandes sent a through ball to the left side that Hatch carried down to just outside the box. Hatch crossed the ball and Colohan dove and kicked it home on the far post.
With 10 minutes left in the first half, a goal by Rachel Manning off a corner kick was waved off due to a foul in the box on BYU.
Marissa Nimmer took a shot from just outside the box from the top-right corner that sailed just over the goal post with just over two minutes left in the half.
BYU outshot Pacific 5-2 in the first half and put three shots on goal compared to one from the Tigers.
“We just challenged the girls at halftime, particularly our attacking players, to bring a little more drive and passion and to complete a few more passes,” Rockwood said. “Sometimes you need just one or two, but I thought we created a lot of great dangerous opportunities. Our forwards did a much better job combining and getting to the corners and the end lines and we were able to get some crosses off. Certainly it helped relieve a lot of pressure when we scored in the first minute of the second half.”
The Cougars started out the second half the same way that Pacific started the first half, by scoring in the first minute. A foul by the Tigers gave BYU a free kick from just inside midfield. Colohan sent the free kick in and Colette Jepson Smith headed the ball over her head and into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead.
In the 83rd minute, BYU increased its lead to 3-1 on Hatch’s fifth goal of the season. Ella Johnson received a cross about 25 yards out and chipped it in over the Tiger defenders. Hatch got behind her defender and headed the ball between the legs of the goalie for the final goal of the game.
The Cougars return to action on Saturday, Nov. 9 for their final regular season game at 1 p.m. MST against Saint Mary’s.
No. 20 Cougars wrap up regular season
PROVO, Utah - The No. 20 BYU women's soccer team closes out the regular season at home against Pacific and Saint Mary's.
Thursday's game against the Tigers will be broadcast live on BYUtv starting at 7 p.m. MST. BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood will be honored before the game for her 300th win. Saturday's game against Saint Mary's will kick at 1 p.m. MDT after the Senior Day ceremony.
BYU's seniors who will be honored Saturday include Erica Owens from Salt Lake City, Cloee Colohan from West Point, Rachel Manning from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Colette Jepson Smith from Kaysville, Kyleigh Royall from Lehi, Niki Fernandes from Roy and Angelica Dickson Adams from Orem.
The Cougars (12-4-1, 7-1-0) defeated San Diego 1-0 last Friday. It was their fifth straight win and fifth consecutive shutout.
The Tigers (4-10-3, 3-3-1) defeated Gonzaga 3-2 in overtime on Senior Day last Friday at home. Pacific scored three unanswered goals after trailing 2-0 after the first four minutes of the game. The Tigers are currently on a two-game winning streak and are currently fifth in the West Coast Conference.
The Gaels (7-12-0, 3-5-0) lost to Portland 3-1 and Gonzaga 2-1 in double overtime last week. Saint Mary's is currently tied with San Diego for sixth in the WCC.
Nov. 7 vs. Pacific 7 p.m. MST
Military Appreciation Day
Any member of the military is admitted free and can receive a Family Pass for just $10. A Family Pass admits all immediate family members into General Admission seating. The BYU/UVU Air Force ROTC Drill team will be performing at halftime.
Nov. 9 vs. Saint Mary's 1 p.m. MST
Senior Day and Fan Celebration
Join us for the final regular season home game. We will celebrate our senior class and be recognizing you, the fans, with tons of prize contests.
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