PROVO, Utah – An energetic crowd filled South Field Friday night as the No. 9 BYU women’s soccer team recorded a 2-0 win against in-state rival University of Utah (2-2-1) in the first Deseret First Duel of the season.
The game’s attendance of 5,620 beat last week’s all-time record of 5,589 set against Colorado. With the win, the Cougars now improve to 4-0-0 on the season, and 20-7-1 all-time against the Utes.
“What a great environment we have for college soccer! The fans were phenomenal, and I am really proud of our team,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “It’s a great win. Certainly anytime you can play and beat your rival, is huge for us. Obviously, Utah got us last year, so we were anxious to have another opportunity.”
The Cougars found the back of the net in the 13th minute when a Bizzy Phillips header found freshman midfielder Madie Siddoway’s feet, who then launched an arching shot from 20 yards out into the upper left-hand corner of the goal, giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead. The goal was Siddoway’s first of the year and first of her career. It was also the first assist of the year for sophomore Bizzy Phillips.
“Sid’s (Siddoway) goal was phenomenal. I am so excited for her. To come in as a freshman and earn a starting spot, and then to score her first collegiate goal against Utah, well, I’m sure she won’t forget that one,” Rockwood said.
Just eight minutes later, after a Utah foul just outside the penalty box, Nadia Gomes scored on a left-footed free kick. Gomes snuck the ball past the left side of the Utah wall of defenders, giving the Cougars a 2-0 advantage. The goal was her second of the season.
BYU’s defense recorded yet another shutout, making it its fourth of the season. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Boaz grabbed seven saves for the Cougars, and has not allowed a goal in four consecutive games. There was an endless firing of shots from both teams. Utah had 20 shots on goal to BYU’s 17.
“Rachel just keeps stepping up big for us every time she steps on the field. Also, Taylor (Campbell Isom) and Stephanie (Ringwood) did a phenomenal job. They had their hands full, especially in the second half,” Rockwood said. “Rachel continues to be a great presence for us in the back, and she came up with some big saves tonight to make sure we secured the win.”
With the home win over Utah, BYU now has a nine-game home win streak dating back to previous 2014 season, and a four-game win streak on the year.
BYU travels to Palo Alto, California to take on No. 2 Stanford (3-0) next Monday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. PT. It will be the first time in BYU women’s soccer history that the Cougars will face a top-10 opponent while also being ranked nationally in the top-10.
The audio can be streamed on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on BYUcougars.com, the BYU Cougars app and can be heard on ESPN 960 AM.
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.