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Jack Urquhart | Posted: 18 Sep 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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Lyons delivers BYU in 2-1 win over Oregon


PROVO, Utah – Freshman Madie Lyons celebrated her birthday by scoring a gamewinner, BYU's second goal, in a 2-1 win Thursday night against visiting Oregon. With the win, the Cougars improved to 3-3-2, while the Ducks fell to 4-3-1.

“This was a huge win for us tonight,” head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “I love the way our girls battled against a really good team. They really gave it everything they had.”

The match’s big play came in the 75th minute of the game with the score knotted at 1-1. Lyons stole an Oregon pass and booted a high-arcing shot toward the top right corner of the goal, just out of reach of Duck goalie Abby Steele. Lyons' first career goal proved to be enough for the Cougars, who held on for the win at South Field.

BYU’s two goals came off of 16 shots. The Cougars defense held the Ducks to eight shots—and just three in the second half.

Oregon scored the lone goal of the first half on an unassisted shot by Allie Rodriguez in the 29th minute. As both teams attempted to control a corner kick from Duck midfielder Lilly Archer, Rodriguez emerged with the ball fifteen feet outside the box and sent a high shot toward the Cougar goal. Goalie Katherine Snyder leapt, getting a hand on the ball, but it bounced past her into the net to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

BYU had eight shots in the first half. In the 15th minute, Marissa Nimmer intercepted an Oregon pass and sent Ashley Hatch down the left side of the field on the counter attack. Hatch found teammate Michele Murphy in the middle of the box. Without any nearby defenders, Steele left her goal and snuffed out the Cougar threat just before Murphy could control it and attempt a shot.

The Cougars' closest attempt in the first half came just prior to Oregon's goal. Hatch headed Jaiden Thornock's throw in to an open Lyons, who fired wide left.

Nimmer punched in the equalizer early in the second half on a penalty kick. After Oregon defender Reilley Moore fouled Hatch in the box, Nimmer drilled her second goal of the season past Steele in the 49th minute.

Following Nimmer’s goal, both teams stayed off the scoreboard until Lyons’ gamewinner.

“Hopefully we just keep building,” Rockwood said. “We’ve had two great weeks of practice. Obviously this is a great confidence builder for the girls to beat a great team like Oregon.”

BYU next faces Colorado College at home on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. MDT.

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knielsen | Posted: 15 Sep 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars host Oregon, Colorado College


PROVO, Utah – BYU women's soccer looks to continue its winning ways as it hosts Oregon and Colorado College this week to finish off a four-game homestand.

BYU (2-3-2) ended a three-game losing streak on Saturday as they beat No. 23 Long Beach State 2-0 at South Field. Sophomore forward Ashley Hatch scored two goals and became the sixth fastest Cougar to reach 10 goals in a career. She accomplished the feat in 28 games. The five faster players all scored 10 goals their freshman seasons.

Oregon (4-2-1) had a five-game unbeaten streak end on Friday as they lost 1-0 to Portland State. The Ducks have yet to win an away game, but have picked up a victory at a neutral site. BYU hosts Oregon on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. MDT. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio on Sirius XM channel 143. The Cougar IMG Sports Network will broadcast the game on and the BYU Cougars app.

Colorado College (4-1-2) beat Oakland University and Central Michigan over the weekend. The Tigers face BYU in their final nonconference game before starting their first season in the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars host the Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. MDT. The game will be streamed on and can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on and the BYU Cougars app.

Game Promotions:

Thursday's "Pack the House" game will feature t-shirts for the first 4,000 fans at South Field, while Saturday's "Bring the Heat" game will include sunglasses for the first 2,000 fans.

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