PROVO, Utah — An 83rd minute goal from senior Sarah Chambers Gardner was the only goal of the night, as the No. 5 Cougars took a record-breaking 49 shots and earned a win over the University of San Diego 1-0 Friday night.
“It was a crazy game that you don’t see very often, but I’m proud of our girls,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “Our ball movement and movement off the ball was great, and we had good opportunities near the goal. Their keeper came up with some big saves and they battled hard. But, we were on fire tonight. I really like the way we played.”
Hard work from junior Michele Murphy Vasconcelos earned the Cougars (11-1-1, 3-0-0) the 19th corner kick of the match in the 83rd minute. Madie Lyons’ cross found Sarah Chambers Gardner’s head on the far post for the only goal of the match. The goal is Chambers Gardner’s second of her career.
The Cougars set a new record for shots (49) and corner kicks (19) in the matchup. The previous records were 42 and 16, respectively. San Diego (3-9-2, 1-2-0) goalkeeper Michelle Craft broke a South Field saves record as well with 17 saves.
Goalkeeper Rachel Boaz would come up big for the Cougars in the last five minutes with two saves, including a deflection in the 85th minute off a low shot from San Diego’s Tara Meier. Boaz ended the night with three saves.
The Cougars had an explosive first half offensively and came out quickly, picking up a corner kick in the first minute. Taylor Campbell Isom’s shot from Lyons’s corner kick was deflected off the crossbar and saved by Craft.
BYU had 26 shots to San Diego’s single shot in the first half. Murphy Vasconcelos had five of BYU’s shots, including a give-and-go from Gomes in the 35th that required a diving save from Craft.
BYU also had 14 corner kicks in the first half compared to the Toreros’ one. San Diego would finish the game with two corner kicks and four shots.
Jocelyn Loomis had six shots in her first career start and Campbell Isom added a career-high four shots for the Cougars.
BYU will face Pacific in their next matchup at home on Saturday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv and can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, ESPN 960 AM, BYU Radio and Sirius XM 143.
No. 5 BYU returns home against San Diego
PROVO, Utah – No. 5 BYU women’s soccer returns from a four-game road trip to host San Diego on Friday in the West Coast Conference home opener.
The Cougars (10-1-1, 2-0-0) kick off against the Toreros (3-8-2, 1-1-0) at 7 p.m. MDT. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv and can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, ESPN 960 AM, BYU Radio and Sirius XM 143.
BYU is one of three undefeated teams left in the WCC after the opening weekend. The Cougars beat Gonzaga 1-0 and Portland 2-1 on the road. San Diego is 1-1 in the WCC after beating Portland 1-0 and losing to Gonzaga 2-1.
BYU sophomore forward Nadia Gomes was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week as she scored both game-winning goals last week. Gomes’ four goals have already surpassed her total from a year ago of three. Junior midfielder Elena Medeiros scored the other goal for the Cougars against Portland and currently leads the team with five.
The Cougars have shut out opponents eight times this season and haven’t allowed a goal at home since last fall.
San Diego has won twice in their last four games and is in the midst of a four-game road trip. The Toreros were picked fourth in the preseason coaches poll ahead of Portland, San Francisco and LMU.
Friday’s game will be this year’s pink game for breast cancer awareness.
There will also be another 3v3 mini soccer game at halftime with $300 going to each of the winners. Pay attention to the BYU women’s soccer Facebook page on Wednesday for more information.