PROVO, Utah — In its last home game of the regular season, No. 13 BYU women’s soccer kept its now 17-game home win streak alive, beating Saint Mary’s 4–1 on Senior Day, Saturday, behind stellar offensive production.
“It’s just so fun to work with these girls. They have worked and trained so hard all year,“ BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “We are very proud of going 7-1-1 in the WCC. Tonight, we came out and competed, and we continue to get better each game. I’m really pleased with our offense and that we were able to score four goals for the first time this season. I love the way we are playing right now.”
It was all offense for BYU (15-2-2, 7-1-1) from the beginning as they scored three goals in the first 31 minutes. The Cougars struck first in the 11th minute on a Madie Lyons shot off a slotted pass from Jocelyn Loomis. The goal was Lyons second of the season and the assist was Vasconcelos’ fourth of the year.
Sixteen minutes later, Sarah Chambers Gardner freed Lyons to find Nadia Gomes’ feet for Gomes’ eighth goal of the year. With the goal, BYU went up 2-0 with Lyons recording her fifth assist of season, and Gardner getting credit for her first assist of the year.
Shortly after Gomes’ first goal, she found the back of the net again in the 31st minute, putting the Cougars up 3-0. Gardner dribbled the ball up the right side of the field crossing the ball into the six for a Gomes header and her ninth goal of the year. Gomes' two goals made for her second straight two-goal game. The assist was Gardner’s second on the season.
In the second half, the Cougar offense stayed strong recording 11 shots on goal in the last 45 minutes. The BYU defense let in a goal in the 73rd minute allowing a deep shot from Madison Salom. Salom’s goal put the Gaels on the board for the first goal scored at South Field this season.
Less than two minutes later in the 74th minute, Gardner tallied her third assist of the match finding Lyons for her second goal of the game. The final score put the Cougars up 4-1. Gardner is now tied for second place for assists in a game at BYU with three. It was the first time since 2003 where a BYU player had three assists in a game.
With the win, BYU holds onto the longest home game win streak in the nation with 17 games won in a row. BYU recorded 31 shots to Saint Mary’s 14. Returning from injury, junior forward Ashley Hatch recorded a game-high six shots in 34 minutes. Gomes also tied for a game-high six shots, with four on goal.
BYU now awaits the NCAA selection show, which will be held Monday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. MT. The show will be streamed on NCAA.com.
No. 13 Cougars host Saint Mary's for Senior Day
PROVO, Utah – No. 13 BYU women’s soccer closes out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. MT against Saint Mary’s on South Field.
The Cougars (14-2-2, 6-1-1) host the Gaels (7-8-4, 2-4-2) with the possibility of a West Coast Conference title still alive. The game will be streamed on TheW.tv and can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, ESPN 960 AM, BYU Radio an Sirius XM 143.
With a win, BYU needs a San Francisco loss or tie for the Cougars' fourth-straight WCC title. The Dons kick off at Portland at 8 p.m. MT. The game will be streamed on TheW.tv.
The Cougars are on a 16-game home win streak which is the longest in the nation and have shut out their opponents in each of the past 10 home games. Another shutout on Saturday would tie the WCC record for shutouts in conference play at seven.
BYU is currently first in the nation in save percentage, second in shots per game, third in goals against average, fourth in shutout percentage and eighth in winning percentage.
Last week, team goal scoring leaders Elena Medeiros and Nadia Gomes each put two in the back of the net in separate games to lead BYU to victories over Pepperdine and LMU. Against Pepperdine, BYU scored three goals in a game for the first time this season. Gomes was named WCC Player of the Week for scoring twice in 14 seconds against Loyola Marymount.
Saint Mary’s comes off a weekend where they tied Santa Clara 0-0 on Friday and lost to San Francisco 2-1 on Sunday. The Gaels have also defeated Pepperdine and San Diego in conference play.
After Saturday’s game, the NCAA selection show on Monday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. MT will reveal who and where the Cougars will play in the NCAA tournament starting Nov. 13 and 14. The show will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
For Saturday's game, ROC passes will allow for an additional person to attend the game with a ROC pass holder. It will also be a Pass of all Passes game and Cosmo's Kids Club membership can get you into the game.