Mathews part of three goals in 4-1 win over Saint Mary's
PROVO, Utah – Madie Lyons Mathews scored two goals and assisted on another in BYU's 4-1 win against Saint Mary's Saturday night at South Field.
"We've spent countless hours working on our attack, and tonight it paid off," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "We had a great week of training, and it translated to four goals."
Bizzy Bowen and Avery Walker also found the back of the net for the Cougars (4-5-3, 1-1). Nadia Gomes tacked on an assist as well as BYU stayed unbeaten all-time in eight matches against Saint Mary's (6-8-0, 2-2-0).
Bizzy Bowen opened the scoring in the 14th minute. After Mathews had a shot knocked down by Gael goalkeeper Sarah Sawatsky but not controlled, Bowen rebounded and put it inside the left post for a 1-0 BYU lead. Mathews was credited with the assist.
In the 26th minute, Mathews scored to double the Cougar lead. Gomes took the ball away near midfield and sent a through pass to Mathews, who wound up in a one-on-one with Sawatsky and drilled it past her for a 2-0 lead.
One minute later, Walker made it 3-0 for BYU. She took the ball deep down the left flank, beat a defender near the endline and fired a near-post shot into the net.
The Cougars entered the half up three goals with six shots compared to the Gaels' four.
Mathews added to her impressive night in the 51st minute, with an arcing shot from 10 yards outside the 18-yard box that found the top-right corner of the goal. That put BYU up 4-0.
Less than a minute later, Saint Mary's got on the board when Jaylen Crim took advantage of a bouncing ball in front of the BYU net. The Cougar defense couldn't corral it, and Crim booted it past BYU keeper Sabrina Macias to cut the Gaels' deficit to 4-1.
Macias played her first complete game between the posts and had four saves.
BYU outshot Saint Mary's 14-11 on the night.
The Cougars host Pacific next Thursday at 7 p.m. MDT. That game will have a live stream on TheW.tv with radio broadcasts on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM.
Cougars host Saint Mary's in WCC action
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's soccer team hosts West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. MDT.
The Cougars (3-5-3, 0-1) are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to San Diego at South Field in the WCC opener last week. Sophomore forward Elise Flake scored the lone goal for BYU in the 79th minute when she converted a penalty kick after a hand ball was called in the box. In the loss, the Cougars outshot the Toreros 31-6. Flake and senior forward Nadia Gomes combined for 15 total shots, including five on frame.
Hannah Clark and Sabrina Macias split time in goal against San Diego, each tallying one save. Clark has 39 saves on the season.
Saint Mary's Storylines
The Gaels are 6-6 on the season and look to increase their two-game win streak in WCC play after beating Portland 2-1 and Gonzaga 1-0. Saint Mary's plays at San Diego on Thursday, October 5 before coming to Provo.
Senior forward Hannah Diaz leads the offense with six goals and one assist, including the game winner in the third minute against Gonzaga. Four other players have found the back of the net this season. The offense has combined for 11 goals while the defense has allowed 12.
- Saturday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. MDT at South Field
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Spencer Linton (play-by-play), Natalyn Lewis (analyst), Lauren Francom McClain (sideline)
- Radio: BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Paige Barker (analyst)
The Cougars have a 6-0-1 advantage over the Gaels. In 2016, BYU netted a dominant 4-0 win in California.