PROVO, Utah – Two second half goals led to another 2-0 victory for No. 5 BYU women’s soccer over UNLV.
The Cougars (6-1-0) won their 11th straight game at South Field dating back to last year. It is the second straight loss for the Rebels (3-4-0).
Less than 30 seconds into the second half, Ashley Hatch’s cross was redirected by Nadia Gomes to Michele Murphy Vasconcelos. Vasconcelos pushed the ball to the far post around the goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.
In the 81st minute, Taylor Campbell Isom headed Madie Lyons’ corner kick into the net for the 2-0 advantage. It is the first career goal for the central defender who has played every minute this season. She had played 2,394 minutes before tallying her first goal.
“We had three games this week and that’s a lot to ask our players to play at the level we’re playing at,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “I’m really proud of how we have gutted it out. To be able to run hard and play composed again tonight, I’m really proud of them.”
The 2-0 victory was the third game since Monday, including an away game at Stanford and a game against Utah State that was in the balance until the final three minutes of the game.
BYU’s 39 shots eclipsed the 34 the Cougars attempted against the Aggies. It is tied for the sixth most shots in a game in program history. The shot tally only served as a reminder of not scoring in the first half, but that changed at halftime.
“We just said that we have to be more anxious to score,” Rockwood said. “It really comes down to getting results. We’ve got to be dangerous, we’ve got to go forward and we’ve got to score goals.”
Vasconcelos’ goal coming out of the half changed the tone of the game. Vasconcelos finished with six shots, four on goal. Hatch led the team with 10 shots, putting four on goal. Gomes attempted five shots and Bizzy Phillips had four, as well.
In the first half, Gomes missed just over the crossbar in the 11th minute and the keeper beat another Gomes shot to the post in the 16th minute.
In the second half, just before the second goal, Hatch skimmed a shot just over the crossbar from the top of the box.
BYU will host its final nonconference game at home on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. MDT against Pac-12 foe Oregon State. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv as well as the Cougar IMG Sports Network and ESPN 960 AM.
No. 5 BYU hosts Utah State, UNLV
PROVO, Utah – No. 5 BYU women’s soccer hosts Utah State and UNLV to begin a three-game homestand.
The Cougars (4-1-0) play Utah State (3-2-1) on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. MDT on South Field. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv as well as the Cougar IMG Sports Network and ESPN 960 AM.
On Saturday, BYU hosts UNLV (3-3-0) on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. MDT on South Field. The game can be heard on ESPN 960 AM.
BYU is coming off a week where the Cougars moved from No. 9 in the nation to No. 5 on a 2-0 win against rival Utah and a 1-0 loss at No. 2 Stanford. Against Utah, freshman Madie Siddoway scored her first career goal and Nadia Gomes added a goal off a free kick for the final margin.
Stanford’s goal in the 32nd minute ended the shutout streak the Cougar defense had put together to start the season which spanned 392 minutes.
Utah State has beaten Central Arkansas, Missouri State and Houston so far this season. This past weekend the Aggies lost to Iowa in Montana and tied Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington. They are led by junior forward Jessica Brooksby who has scored three goals in six games this season. Utah State was picked to finish tied for fourth in the Mountain West Conference this season after finishing last year in fifth.
UNLV has beaten Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, Northern Arizona and Utah Valley so far this season. The Rebels are led by junior forward Susie Bernal and her two goals. Bernal is returning from a knee injury that kept her out for the 2014 season.
UNLV was picked to finish in eighth in the MWC a year after just missing the conference tournament with a seventh-place finish.
Thursday vs. Utah State
Zions Bank is giving away royal t-shirts to the first 2,500 people.
Saturday vs. UNLV
1,000 jumbo freeze pops to the first 1,000 students. Fans can also use a Pass of All Passes for admission to the game on Saturday.