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cwrubell | Posted: 2 Sep 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougar offense erupts in 5-2 win over Tennessee


PROVO, Utah – Two goals from both Ashley Hatch and Michele Vasconcelos and a goal from Elena Medeiros gave No. 10 BYU a 5-2 win against Tennessee on Friday night at South Field.

“We wanted to come out with a lot more energy, a lot more excitement and be lot better with our possession,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “I think the girls did that. I am really pleased with how the game started. Obviously scoring a goal in the first two minutes sets the tone, and then I thought our midfield did a great job creating a rhythm by keeping and moving the ball around. You can’t ask for much more. ”

BYU vs. Tennessee Box Score

For the Cougars, it was the first time since 2012 that they scored five goals in a game.

It took less than two minutes for the Cougars (3-1) to get on the board, as Medeiros intercepted a pass from a Volunteer defender and then promptly fed Hatch inside the box. She drilled a shot to the bottom left corner that sailed past the outstretched arms of Tennessee goalkeeper Jamie Simmons.

BYU’s sixth goal of 2016 was the Cougars’ fastest goal of the season and put them up 1-0 over the Volunteers (2-3).

The Cougars struck again in the 23rd minute, when Hatch punched a pass to junior forward and MAC Hermann Trophy nominee Nadia Gomes who fed Vasconcelos in the box. She took a quick one-touch far-post shot and extended BYU's lead to 2-0.

Tennessee senior forward and MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Hannah Wilkinson got the Volunteers on the board in the 32nd minute after breaking through the BYU defense to receive a pass and chip a shot over junior goalkeeper Hannah Clark’s head at the top of the box, cutting the Cougar lead in half.

Only seconds later, senior forward Madie Lyons, who replaced Hatch in the 31st minute, ran the ball up the sideline before crossing it into the box to Medeiros. The midfielder took a quick touch and a shot that found the bottom left of the goal to give BYU a 3-1 lead that it carried into halftime.

A back-and-forth battle ensued in the second half, with both teams netting goals one after another.

In the 67th minute, Medeiros was taken down in the box to draw a penalty kick. Hatch stepped up to take a right-footed shot that was initially blocked by Simmons, but BYU's leading goal-scorer was able to volley the rebound and find the back of the net for a goal to extend the Cougar lead to three. It was Hatch's seventh goal on the year and 35th of her career.

In the 80th minute, Tennessee's Wilkinson took a left-footed shot just outside the 18-yard box to the far post. Clark got a hand on the ball, but the shot was enough to cut the Cougar edge to just two, 4-2.

Vasconcelos netted a second goal and finished the Volunteers off in the 86th minute with an unassisted right-footed shot from just inside the box that curved around a Simmons' dive to the top-right corner. Vasconcelos’ goal came just seconds after her subbing in for Jocelyn Loomis, and the Cougar lead was extended to 5-2, the game's eventual outcome.

Clark logged her first career start for the Cougars, and Kayci Griffin, Miranda Bailey Topham and Brianna Hatch saw their first minutes of the season after entering the game in the final minutes. BYU’s five goals doubled their goal total for the season to 10.

The Cougars travel to Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 5, to take on rival Utah in the Deseret First Duel at 3:30 p.m. MDT. Audio of that game can be heard live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, BYU Radio (Sirius XM143) and ESPN 960 AM. The Utes and Cougars game can also be seen live on the Pac-12 Network.


Jack Urquhart | Posted: 30 Aug 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Jack Urquhart

No. 10 BYU at home against Tennessee, on the road at Utah

PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's soccer team takes on Tennessee at South Field on Friday, Sept, 2, then hits the road for the Deseret First Duel against Utah on Monday, Sept. 5. Friday's home game will take place at 7 p.m. MDT, with Monday's game starting at 3:30 p.m. MDT.

Game Notes for Tennessee and Utah

BYU Storylines

The Cougars' win over reigning-NCAA-champion Penn State came on Ashley Hatch's second-career hat trick and seventh multiple-goal game. Hatch has scored all five of BYU's goals so far this season.

MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Nadia Gomes has three assists, putting her well on her way to eclipse her four assists from last year. 

Goalkeeper Rachel Boaz sustained a broken hand against Penn State which required surgery. Her expected recovery time is four to six weeks.

Tennessee Storylines

The Volunteers (2-2) have done a good job of limiting opposing offenses. They allowed just 22 shots in their last two games, against East Tennessee State and Washington, combined.

Tennessee has a dangerous weapon in freshman Maya Neal, who leads the team with two goals.

Game Information

  • Friday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. at South Field
  • TV: BYUtv (live)
  • TV Talent: Spencer Linton (play-by-play), Natalyn Lewis (analyst), Lauren Francom (sideline)
  • Radio: The Cougar IMG Network, BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM.
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Hugh Van Wagenen (analyst)

Series Information

BYU leads the all-time series 2-1.

Utah Storylines

In Utah's (3-1) three wins, the Utes have won by a combined score of 10-0. One of those was a 3-0 result against the WCC's San Diego. The lone loss for Utah came at Minnesota, where the Utes fell 3-0.

Sophomore Hailey Skolmoski leads the team with four goals and has scored at least one goal in each of Utah's wins.

Game Information

  • Monday, Sept. 5, 3:30 p.m. at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • TV: Pac-12 Network (live and available via stream)
  • TV Talent: Ann Schatz (play-by-play), Kyndra De St. Aubin (analyst)
  • Radio: The Cougar IMG Network, BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM.
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Hugh Van Wagenen (analyst)

Series Information

BYU leads the all-time series 16-6-1.