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khaner | Posted: 3 Oct 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Hatch's second hat trick this year leads No. 3 BYU in 4-0 win over USF


PROVO, Utah – Ashley Hatch’s second hat trick of the year propelled No. 3 BYU women’s soccer to a 4-0 shutout win over San Francisco at South Field on Monday.

"We had a lack of energy to start, which is frustrating," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "The high pressure just wasn't there. We told them they had to find some energy because everything was on the line. It's hard sometimes when we know what we're capable of. It was great to see us score off of a corner kick. That kind of settled us down and broke the ice."

BYU vs. San Francisco Box Score

With the win, the Cougars improved to 10-1-1, 1-0-1 in West Coast Conference play. BYU outshot San Francisco (4-7-0, 0-2-0 WCC) 18 to 11, including nine shots on goal.

For the third time in her career, Hatch recorded a hat trick, her second in 2016. The other goal came from Elena Medeiros, who also notched an assist. All four goals came in the first 16 minutes of the second half. Michele Vasconcelos led the team in assists with two.

Rachel Boaz saw the field for the first time since injuring her hand against Penn State toward the end of August. She came in for Hannah Clark in the second half. Between the two goalkeepers, BYU recorded three saves, two coming from Clark.

The two teams played to a scoreless first half. The Cougars had a slight advantage in the stat totals with six shots and two corner kicks to the Dons’ four shots and one corner kick.

BYU came out strong in the second half with two goals in the first five minutes, both coming from the boot of Hatch.

The first goal was scored in the 54th minute. Alyssa Jefferson crossed it to Hatch to head it into the goal. That was the first assist of Jefferson’s career.

Just 20 seconds later, Medeiros’ shot was deflected by the goalie, but Hatch was there again to kick in the rebound, pushing the Cougars to a 2-0 lead.

In the 58th minute, Vasconcelos set up Medeiros for the third goal of the game. The three goals for BYU were scored over the span of three minutes and 17 seconds.

Hatch earned the hat trick in the 61st minute. After the Dons’ goalkeeper dove for the ball kicked by Medeiros, Hatch beat her and went around for the easy goal to extend the Cougars’ lead to 4-0.

BYU heads back on the road to continue West Coast Conference play at Loyola Marymont and Peperdine on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. The game against the Lions on Thursday will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. PDT. It will also be available on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, which can be found on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM.

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