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Kristen Kerr | Posted: 30 Sep 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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No. 3 BYU ties Santa Clara 0-0 in WCC opener


PROVO, Utah – No. 3 BYU women’s soccer came away with a 0-0 tie against Santa Clara Thursday night at South Field, extending its unbeaten streak to nine games.

"We played an outstanding game," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "I was so impressed with the way we played. Those first 45 minutes were the best 45 minutes I believe we’ve played all year."

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The Cougars went to 9-1-1 overall and 0-0-1 in West Coast Conference play, while the Broncos' record changed to 3-4-4 (0-0-1).

BYU outshot Santa Clara 13-2 in regulation play before a scoreless tie sent both teams into overtime. They played two 10-minute, sudden-victory overtime periods. The Cougars outshot the Broncos 16-3 throughout the entire 110 minutes of play. Senior forward Ashley Hatch recorded five shots while freshman midfielder Lizzy Braby had three.

Rockwood was impressed with the play of her defensive line and midfielders.

"Collectively, our defense was really solid and our midfield really controlled things," Rockwood said. "We had some good looks, some great creativity."

The physicality of both teams showed as the Cougars and Broncos committed nine and seven fouls, respectively. 

Bronco goalkeeper Melissa Lowder picked up six saves. Cougar keeper Hannah Clark recorded two saves and her sixth shutout of the season.

The Cougars continue conference play against San Francisco on Monday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m. MDT at South Field. The game will be televised on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, ESPN 960 AM and BYU Radio.​

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Jack Urquhart | Posted: 27 Sep 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Jack Urquhart

No. 3 BYU takes eight straight wins into WCC play


PROVO, Utah – A 9-1 nonconference mark takes No. 3 BYU women's soccer into West Coast Conference action, with home games against Santa Clara on Thursday, Sept. 29, and San Francisco on Monday, Oct. 3.

BYU Storylines

The Cougars have won eight games in a row, dating back to their 3-2 win on Aug. 26 at No. 5 Penn State. It's their longest winning streak since 2014 when they won 11 straight. Eight wins is tied for the second-longest active streak in the nation.

Ashley Hatch leads the nation with 12 goals and 28 points (goals times two plus assists). MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Nadia Gomes is tied for third in the nation with eight assists. Goalkeeper Hannah Clark is 8-0 with five shutouts since replacing injured teammate Rachel Boaz between the pipes.

BYU has won the WCC title in four straight seasons.

Santa Clara Storylines

The Broncos (3-4-3) haven't posted excellent results thus far, but have played close games with tough opponents. All four Santa Clara losses have come by one goal, and the Broncos have beaten ranked opponents California and USC.

Senior midfielder Jordan Jesolva leads Santa Clara with four goals and has two assists.

Game Information

  • Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. MDT at South Field
  • TV: BYUtv (live)
  • TV Talent: Jarom Jordan (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 trails in the all-time series 1-6-3. The Cougars got their first series win in 2014 and tied at Santa Clara last year, 0-0.

BYU Game Notes for SCU and USF

San Francisco Storylines

The Dons (4-6-0) have an 11-day break between their 1-0 win against UC Davis on Sept. 18 and their Thursday matchup with San Diego. Their high point of the season so far was a 2-1 double-overtime win against Arizona State on Sept. 9.

Amanda Whittle, a senior midfielder, leads San Francisco with four goals and four assists.

Game Information

  • Monday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. MDT 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 series 5-1-0, but went down to the Dons in San Francisco for one of just two losses in the regular season in 2015.

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