Late goal by Gates lifts Cougars to 3-2 win over Utah in the Deseret First Duel
SALT LAKE CITY – A late goal by Madie Siddoway Gates lifted the BYU women's soccer team to a 3-2 win over Utah Friday night at Ute Field, giving the Cougars the first win in the 2018-19 Deseret First Duel.
"It's always crazy like this against Utah and I'm proud of the girls," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "I think we thought we might have had it, but they came back and then [Gates] came through when we needed her to."
A scoreless first half was highlighted by 11 combined shots between the two teams. In goal, Sabrina Macias Davis grabbed five saves, while Gates and Elise Flake tallied two shots apiece on offense.
The Cougars (3-2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute when Rachel Bingham Lyman crossed the ball to an open Flake, who headed the ball in the opposite direction of Utah's (1-3-1) keeper and into the back of the net.
Mikayla Colohan added a goal of her own in the 71st minute, beating the keeper to the ball off of another Lyman cross and heading it just under the crossbar for a 2-0 BYU advantage.
The Utes answered with a goal in the 75th minute to bring the score within one, 2-1. Paola Van der Veen shot from outside of the 18-yard box and found the right side of the goal, past an outstretched Cassidy Smith.
A header by Utah in the 84th minute evened the game at 2-all before Gates answered with a goal off of a deflection from a pass by Cameron Tucker to give the Cougars a 3-2 advantage in the 85th minute and ultimately the win.
At the end of the game, BYU tallied 12 shots and nine on goal compared to the Utes' 10 shots and seven on frame. Gates led the way with four shots and Flake added three.
The Cougars continue on the road at Marquette on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. CDT. Audio broadcasts can be heard on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM.
- Davis recorded a career-high five saves on the night. Her previous record was four saves against Saint Mary's in 2017.
- Flake, Colohan and Gates each scored their third goal of the season and their first goals against Utah.
- The Cougars now hold a 22-7-2 lead in the series over Utah and have won the last two games at Ute Field.
BYU and Utah clash in the Deseret First Duel on Friday
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's soccer team travels north to take on the University of Utah in the Deseret First Duel on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. MDT.
- Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. MDT, at Ute Field
- TV: PAC-12 Network
- TV Talent: Kate Scott and Kelly Gray
- Radio: BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Paige Barker (analyst)
SCORING MACHINE. The Cougars are coming off of a 10-0 win over Idaho State, scoring the second most goals in a single game in program history. Eight players found the back of the net in the win, being led by Elise Flake and Bella Folino with two apiece. Madie Siddoway Gates, Mikayla Colohan, Cameron Tucker, Josie Bush, Natalie Clark and Kendell Petersen each scored one goal on the night. Colohan led the team with two assists, while nine other players tallied one assist.
HOME-OPENER. BYU hosted No. 1 Stanford and fell 2-0, despite taking 19 shots compared to the Cardinal's 16. Colohan led the way with six shots, including one on goal, while Lizzy Braby added four shots and one on frame.
OFFENSIVE STAT LEADERS. Colohan leads the offense with two goals and two assists for a total of six points. Gates and Folino have recorded two goals and one assist for five points, while Flake has four points from her pair of goals.
GOALKEEPER BATTLE. All three goalkeepers have recorded time in goal this season. Cassidy Smith leads the way with 245 minutes in three starts, while tallying 11 saves and two goals against for a .846 save percentage. Sabrina Macias Davis has played 212 minutes, recording four goals against and five saves for a .556 save percentage.
DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. Colohan and freshman Olivia Wade will face former Davis High School teammates Haylee Cacciacarne and Ireland Dunn. The four players led the Darts to back-to-back state championships, while Colohan and Wade went on to win a third consecutive title in 2016.
UTAH UTES. The Utes are 1-2-1 on the season, claiming their only win against Weber State. Utah is coming off a 2-1 loss in double overtime to No. 19 Kansas. Four different Utes have scored one goal this season, including Dunn. Goalkeeper Carly Nelson has recorded 17 saves and given up four goals.
DESERET FIRST DUEL. Friday's game will be the first competition of the 2018-19 schedule. Deseret First gives the school that wins each individual match $1,000 for the student-athlete scholarship fund and at the completion of the year, the school that wins the most points will receive an additional $5,000. The Cougars won the overall competition in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. The Utes won the title in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
SERIES INFORMATION. The Cougars hold a dominant 21-7-2 lead in the series. In 2017, the Deseret First Duel ended in a 1-1 tie at South Field. The last time BYU played at Ute Field, the Cougars left with a 2-0 win in 2016.