STANFORD, Calif. – No. 9 BYU women’s soccer had their early season hot streak detoured against No. 2 Stanford in a 1-0 loss on Monday night.
The 32nd-minute game winner from Stanford’s Jordan DiBiasi was all the Cardinal (4-0-0) needed for the victory.
“Individually they are so good,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “Tactically they played so well together and had us playing more defense than we would have liked. It’s a great learning experience for us and we’ll take it and get better.”
Even without the victory, BYU (4-1-0) gave Stanford a challenge it hadn’t faced yet this season. The Cardinal hadn’t allowed a corner kick all season and BYU earned four in the final 12 minutes.
Stanford had only allowed three shots in the second half all season. The Cougars found six shots in the second half on Monday, including one off the crossbar from Ashley Hatch and another deflected wide from Elena Medeiros.
“We stepped it up towards the end and competed a little bit better,” Rockwood said. “We were able to relax and knock the ball around.”
The final 20 minutes saw four of BYU’s nine shots and all four of its corner kicks.
Along with handing BYU its first loss of the season, Stanford’s goal also ended the BYU shutout streak and goalkeeper Rachel Boaz’s 388 consecutive scoreless minutes to begin her Cougar career. Boaz finished with five saves on Monday night, including two in the third minute to keep the game scoreless.
The four-game win streak to start the season is also the quickest start since the 2010 season when the Cougars won five straight. BYU was also the 14th remaining undefeated team in the nation this season.
BYU returns home to host Utah State on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. on South Field. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv as well as the Cougar IMG Sports Network and ESPN 960.
No. 9 BYU faces rival Utah, No. 2 Stanford
PROVO, Utah – The No. 9 BYU women’s soccer team begins a stretch of four games in eight days as they host Utah on Friday and travel to No. 2 Stanford on Labor Day.
The Cougars play in-state rival Utah (2-1-1) in the Deseret First Duel on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. MDT on South Field. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and the Cougar IMG Sports Network on ESPN 960 AM, as well as BYUCougars.com and the BYU Cougars app.
The Cougars (3-0-0) will travel to face No. 2 Stanford (2-0-0) on Monday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. PDT. The game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network and ESPN 960 AM.
BYU has won three straight games to start the season and has done so by a 2-0 score in each contest. They defeated Cal in Hawaii, Colorado in Provo and Nebraska on the road. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Boaz has yet to allow a goal this season. Juniors Elena Medeiros and Hermann Trophy candidate Ashley Hatch have each scored two goals, while Nadia Gomes has a point in three consecutive games.
The past three Utah-BYU games have finished 1-0 with the home team winning. The past two games have been decided by a second-half penalty kick. The teams haven’t scored a goal against one another in the run of play in 240 minutes of action.
The Utes beat Houston 4-1, but lost to Cal State Fullerton 3-1 at home over the weekend. They were picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12 by the coaches. Utah has scored six goals by six different players so far this season. Wake Forest transfer goalkeeper Lindsey Luke is now in her senior year for the Utes. Luke played in the 2012 and 2014 shutout wins for Utah.
Stanford has only played Boston College since defeating Hawaii in their season opener 2-1. The Cardinal won 4-0 after the Eagles had a player sent off 25 minutes into the match. The Cardinal will face Cal Poly on the road on Friday before returning home to host the Cougars on Labor Day.
Stanford is led by two Hermann Trophy candidates in goalkeeper Jane Campbell and midfielder Andi Sullivan. Sullivan and freshman Michelle Xiao lead the team in goals with two each.
For tickets to the Utah game, get them early through BYUtickets.com or call (801) 422-2981.