"We've gotten better each week," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "The girls are playing so well right now and they're fun to watch. Our goal is to continue to get better with each match."
The win marked eight victories in a row for the Cougars (9-3-2, 3-0-0), and 10 victories in a row against West Coast Conference opponents, dating back to last year. By beating Gonzaga (8-6-0, 3-1-0), BYU became the only WCC team without a loss or tie in conference play this season.
BYU goalie Katherine Snyder picked up her fourth solo shutout of the season, saving three shots in the match. On offense, the Cougars attempted 23 shots, putting 11 on goal.
Battling to remain undefeated in conference play, the two teams entered halftime knotted at 0-0. The Cougars controlled the ball for most of the first half, recording 15 total shots and six shots on goal. BYU's defense held Gonzaga to just three shots, with zero on goal.
Looking to score a goal for her fifth straight match, Cougar forward Ashley Hatch took five shots in the first half and placed two on goal. In the 18th minute, the sophomore drilled a left-footed shot that slammed off the top left corner of the goal. Rebounding her own attempt, Hatch sent another attempt toward the goal, missing just high.
BYU's offense broke through in the 60th minute. Hatch, dribbling around Gonzaga defenders, sent a cross toward a streaking Medeiros on the left side of the goal. Medeiros ripped it back toward the far post, putting it just past Bulldog goalie Christie Tombari. Medeiros' goal was her fourth on the season and gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later, Niki Fernandes flew down the left sideline on a counter attack. Fernandes found Murphy on the left side of the goal, whose shot attempt ricocheted off the near post and bounced off Tombari for the score. Murphy's third goal of the season put BYU up 2-0.
BYU next takes on Loyola Marymount Saturday, Oct. 18 in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. PDT.
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.