PROVO, Utah – Ashley Hatch scored BYU’s 17th hat trick and first since 2005 to lead the No. 23 BYU women’s soccer team to a 3-0 win over Portland Thursday night at South Field.
“I knew I wanted the hat trick so I just kept kicking and finally got it. It was pretty cool,” the sophomore forward said. “Our team has been working hard at practice and have been getting to know each other better. I wouldn’t have scored any goals without my teammates.”
In the 83rd minute Rachel Bingham beat a Portland defender down the left side and found Hatch open in the box. Hatch took the pass and beat the diving Portland keeper inside the left post for the hat trick.
BYU (8-3-2, 2-0-0) improved to 5-4-0 all-time against Portland (5-6-2, 2-1-0) and 4-0 since they joined the West Coast Conference while extending their overall win streak to seven games.
In the first half, Niki Fernandes found a wide-open Hatch who rifled a shot past Portland’s goalie to score her ninth goal of the season to put the Cougars up 1-0 in the fifth minute. Hatch has scored in four consecutive games, the first BYU player to do so since Jennie Marshall in 2010.
“It was a great overall defensive effort. Portland’s a very talented team and they like to move the ball,” head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “We just asked the girls to make them uncomfortable by pressing them as much as we could and our commitment to winning 50/50 balls was big-time as well."
Hatch wasn’t finished on the evening. Less than ten minutes after giving BYU the lead she beat the keeper again, this time with her left foot, from 20 yards out on a strike that snuck in just under the crossbar. The goal gave Hatch her third multi-goal game of the season.
The three goals from Hatch moved her into a tie with Marshall for 14th on BYU’s career goals list with 17 and was the first hat trick of her career.
The Cougar attack kept Portland’s goalie on her toes with 22 shots, 11 of them on goal and 11 corner kicks while putting constant pressure on the Pilot defense.
BYU's starting backline of Annie Amos, Taylor Campbell Isom, Sarah Chambers and Avery Calton was stout the entire game allowing just two shots. Subs Rachel Bingham, Ella Johnson and Miranda Bailey contributed to the shutout.
Katherine Snyder picked up the fourth shutout during BYU’s seven-game winning streak, stopping the Pilots’ only two shots.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are up next for the Cougars when they come to South Field on Saturday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. MDT. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and can be heard on BYU Radio Sirius XM channel 143.
PROVO, Utah – No. 23 BYU women's soccer looks to continue its six-game winning streak with home games against Portland and Gonzaga this week.
The Cougars (7-3-2, 1-0-0) hosts the Pilots Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. MDT. The game will be televised on BYUtv. BYU hosts Gonzaga on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. MDT. The game will also be televised on BYUtv and can be heard on BYU Radio and Sirius XM channel 143.
Portland (5-5-2, 2-0-0) and Gonzaga (7-5-0, 2-0-0) come off wins over Saint Mary's and Pacific to begin West Coast Conference play.
The Cougars have won six straight games dating back to Sept. 13. BYU has also averaged three goals per game during the streak. Sophomore forward Ashley Hatch has surpassed last season's goal total with her eighth on Friday against San Diego. There are also seven Cougars with multiple assists already this season.
Portland is led by Preseason All-WCC forward Danica Evans who has seven goals, including four gamewinners. The Pilots have 12 players who have assisted on goals already this season. Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Luty has seen the majority of the action in goal this season and has two solo shutouts and a combined shutout.
During its non conference schedule, Portland beat North Carolina State and Miami, while losing to highly ranked teams Florida State, Stanford and Wisconsin.
Gonzaga has won four of its last five, with an overtime loss to SMU in the middle. In their non conference schedule, the Bulldogs beat Fresno State, Idaho, Boise State and North Texas. The team is led by senior Tori Lee and sophomore Karley Baggerly with four goals each. Freshman forward Brittany Doan has also added three goals. Junior goalkeeper Christie Tombari has allowed 13 goals in 12 games, including four shutouts.
Gonzaga plays at San Diego Thursday before traveling to Provo for Saturday's matchup.
Thursday vs. Portland:
Pairs of socks to the first 2,000 fans courtesy of Nudge.
BYU assistant coach Aleisha Rose will be honored at halftime for her induction into the BYU Hall of Fame.
Saturday vs. Gonzaga:
Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Game
First 200 fans receive pink shades.