"I thought we played very well today and maintained control of the second half," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "Our attack continues to improve and I loved the creativity and combination work of our front four players. The distribution from our backs and midfielders also continues to take steps forward."
The goal by Hatch moved her alone into fourth place in program history with 38 career goals. Vasconcelos jumped up to a tie for 13th all-time with 23 career goals with her first-half strike. Gomes' goal tied her for 20th all-time with 14 career goals.
The Cougars (7-1) lost their three-game shutout streak but increased their win streak to six games. The Aggies (4-4) fell to 0-13 all-time against BYU.
Hatch began the scoring for the Cougars by netting her 10th goal of the year in the ninth minute on an unassisted effort. Utah State responded immediately, posing an attack and finishing with a Jessica Brooksby goal just 13 seconds later to knot the score at 1-1.
The two goals were the second-fastest scored in succession between BYU and an opponent since the program began keeping track of the exact time of goals.
In the 24th minute, Vasconcelos scored on an assist by Madie Lyons to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. For Vasconcelos, it was her sixth goal of the season, all of which have come in the last five games. Lyons' assist gave her two on the year.
The teams didn't find the net for the remainder of the first half as BYU led 2-1 at the break.
Gomes joined the party in the 52nd minute on a quick turn and shot after receiving a pass from Vasconcelos. The goal was the second on the year for Gomes as Vasconcelos picked up her third assist. BYU preserved its 3-1 lead until the final whistle.
The Cougars return home to play Denver on Thursday at 7 p.m. MDT, the beginning of a four-game homestand. That game will be available via radio broadcast on the Cougar IMG Network, BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM. A free video stream can be viewed on TheW.tv.
PROVO, Utah – The No. 6 BYU women's soccer team takes on a familiar opponent Saturday, as it plays at Utah State at 4 p.m. MDT.
The Cougars (6-1) are ranked No. 6 in three major college soccer polls, their highest ranking since October of last year. After scoring just two goals in their first two games combined, they now rank 16th in the nation with 2.77 goals per game. BYU has shut out three straight opponents (Utah, SMU, Ohio State).
Ashley Hatch leads the nation with nine goals. Fellow forward Nadia Gomes is tied for second with six assists. Michele Vasconcelos, the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week, has five goals in her last four games.
The Cougars have won five games in a row, equaling their longest winning streak of 2015.
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The Aggies (4-3) have won back-to-back games against Gonzaga (2-1, OT) and Sam Houston State (8-0). Their most recent result represents the most goals they've scored against an opponent since their 10 goals against Louisiana Tech in 2007.
Freshman Alecia Robinson scored a hat trick against the Bearkats for her first three goals of the season. Junior Wesley Hamblin also has three goals for Utah State. The Aggies lost 3-0 to Utah, who BYU beat 2-0.
- Saturday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. MDT
- Radio: The Cougar IMG Network, BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM
- Radio Talent: Robbie Bullough (play-by-play) and Hugh Van Wagenen (analyst)
- Video stream: theMW.com (free)
BYU leads the all-time series 12-0. In 12 matchups, the Cougars have conceded just two goals against the Aggies. Last year, Bizzy Phillips Bowen scored on a 45-yard free kick in the 87th minute to give BYU a 1-0 win against Utah State in Provo.