Mathews and Bowen lead BYU to 2-0 victory over Pacific
PROVO, Utah – Seniors Madie Lyons Mathews and Bizzy Bowen each netted a goal to help BYU capture a win 2-0 over conference foe Pacific.
“I just thought that we played a spectacular game,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “I thought we came out strong right from the very beginning. We had a nice early goal from Madie and that makes a big difference when you score early, because you are able to establish your confidence.”
Mathews netted the first goal of the game and the 10th of her career, in only the second minute of play to put BYU (5-5-3, 2-1 West Coast Conference) up 1-0. After the ball was bobbled back and forth just past midfield, Mathews received a through pass from Mikayla Colohan past the Tigers’ defenders to drill a shot from the top of the box past the keeper to bottom left corner of the net.
In the 42nd minute, BYU was awarded a free kick about three yards outside the box. Bowen sailed the ball into the top left corner of the net just over the hands of Pacific keeper Henrikka Makela. It marked Bowen’s 10th career goal and third of the season.
The Cougars ended the first half with 13 shots, eight of which were on goal, compared to the Tigers’ three total shots with two on goal.
BYU controlled the game throughout the second half and kept the ball on the attacking side of the field for most of the half. The Tigers’ Makela kept her team in the game as she shut out the Cougars the entire second half. Despite 17 second-half shots on goal, BYU was not ever able to find the back of the net, thanks to nine saves from the keeper.
Cougar keeper Hannah Clark earned her fifth shutout of the season and the BYU defense held the Pacific (4-9-2, 1-3 WCC) to only five total shots for the game.
BYU prepares to host No. 18 Pepperdine next Thursday, Oct. 19th to continue conference play. That game will be televised on BYUtv, with radio broadcasts on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM.
BYU hosts Pacific on Thursday
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's soccer team continues West Coast Conference action on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. MDT as they host Pacific.
The Cougars (4-5-3, 1-1) are looking to continue their win streak in the WCC. Last week, BYU won its first conference game 4-1 against Saint Mary's at South Field. Senior forward Madie Lyons Mathews led the attack with two goals and one assist. Seniors Bizzy Bowen and Avery Walker also found the back of the net in the win. Sophomore goalkeeper Sabrina Macias played her first full game as a Cougar, recording four saves.
Senior forward Nadia Gomes leads the BYU offense with four goals and three assists for a total of 11 points. Mathews has 10 points after tallying four goals and two assists.
The Tigers (4-8-2, 1-2) are bouncing back from a 3-1 loss against San Diego last weekend. In the loss, Brynd Thorolfsdottir scored the lone goal. Thorolfsdottir and Sigrid Aas each have three goals this season.
Pacific's only win in conference came against Portland, beating the Pilots 2-0.
BYU leads 4-1 after beating the Tigers 4-0 in 2016.
- Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. MDT, at South Field
- Video: TheW.tv
- Video Talent: Robbie Bullough
- Radio: BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Paige Barker (analyst)