Flake's overtime goal gives BYU a 2-1 win over San Diego
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Junior Elise Flake scored in overtime to give the Cougars a 2-1 win over San Diego to stay undefeated in the West Coast Conference on Saturday at Torero Stadium.
"It was a very challenging game for us," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "San Diego came out strong and really made us uncomfortable. We haven't seen that in a few games and we had a hard time settling down. The girls did a great job at making some adjustments and really turned it on in the second half."
The Toreros (4-7-1, 0-3-0 WCC) found the back of the net in the 30th minute when Summer Mason took on the defense and fired a shot to the right goal post and past an outstretched Sabrina Macias Davis for a 1-0 advantage.
After one half, San Diego and the Cougars (8-3-1, 3-0-0 WCC) had seven shots apiece and both keepers tallied three saves. Junior Ella Ballstaedt led the BYU offense with two shots while five other players recorded one shot attempt.
In the 59th minute, Rachel Bingham Lyman sent the ball into the box and it deflected off of Flake to an open Madie Siddoway Gates, who beat the keeper on the one-on-one to even the score at 1-all.
Despite the Cougars outshooting the Toreros 20-12 in regulation, the score stayed at 1-1 and was sent into overtime.
In the 98th minute, Flake took the ball and set herself up for a shot just outside of the top of the 18-yard box to the left side of the goal to give BYU the 2-1 victory in overtime.
On the game, the Cougars tallied 23 shots compared to San Diego's 13 and Davis grabbed four saves.
BYU continues on the road at Pepperdine on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. PDT at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. The game will be available on TheW.tv and audio broadcasts can be heard on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143/107.9 FM) and ESPN 960 AM.
- This was the first time since Stanford that BYU didn't score the first goal of the match.
- Flake scored her eighth goal and added her fourth assist to give her 20 points this season.
- This is the second game the Cougars have won in overtime this season after beating Cal State Fullerton in the season opener.
- Gates found the back of the net for the fifth time this season.
- Lyman recorded her fifth assist this season for a career-high.
- Coach Rockwood recorded her 370th win in her career.
Cougars on the road at San Diego
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's soccer team looks to stay undefeated in West Coast Conference action at San Diego on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. PDT.
- Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. PDT, at Torero Stadium
- Video: TheW.tv
- Radio: BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143/FM 107.9) and ESPN 960 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Jennie Smith (analyst)
UNDEFEATED IN THE WCC. The Cougars (7-3-1, 2-0-0 WCC) opened up WCC action last week and was the only team in the conference to pick up two wins. BYU topped Gonzaga 3-1 as former associate head coach Chris Watkins returned to South Field. The second victory came against Portland, as the Cougars took a dominant 3-0 win at home. Four different players found the back of the net in the two games while Sabrina Macias Davis recorded 11 saves in goal.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK. Junior Elise Flake was named WCC Player of the Week after scoring a goal in both conference games. She continues to lead the offense with seven goals, three assists, 17 points and 28 shot attempts.
THE TOREROS. San Diego (4-6-1, 0-2-0 WCC) is coming off of a 4-1 loss to Portland and a 3-2 overtime loss to Gonzaga at home. Milan Moses scored the lone goal against Portland on a penalty kick. Moses and Katie Lapomarda scored in regulation against the Bulldogs before Gonzaga found the back of the net in the 103rd minute. Moses leads the team with nine goals and seven other players have scored this season.
SERIES INFORMATION. BYU leads the series 7-3 after most recently falling 2-1 to the Toreros on South Field in 2017.