Tucker’s hat trick leads No. 7 Cougars to 5-0 win over Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kansas – A hat trick by junior Cameron Tucker aided the No. 7 BYU women’s soccer team to a dominant 5-0 win over Kansas State on Saturday night.
"It was a great game especially in the second half as we put the goals away," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "I think the most important thing for us from the game was getting another shutout. Our team defense and backline was phenomenal."
Tucker put BYU (8-0) on the board in the fifth minute as she took on the Wildcat (2-5-2) defense outside the 18-yard box, placing the ball past a diving goalkeeper to give the Cougars an early 1-0 advantage.
After 45 minutes of play, BYU tallied 11 shots compared to Kansas State’s three as goalkeeper Cassidy Smith recorded her first save of the season.
Tucker scored her second goal of the game in the 48th minute as she received the ball from freshman Jamie Shepherd and blasted the ball into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
In the 59th minute, Tucker recorded her first career hat trick as senior Lizzy Braby crossed the ball to an open Tucker, extending the Cougars’ lead to 3-0.
Junior Mikayla Colohan scored a goal of her own as she headed in the ball off an Ella Ballstaedt corner kick in the 70th minute to give BYU a dominant 4-0 lead.
The Cougars were awarded a penalty kick in the 85th minute for their fifth goal of the match. After drawing the foul, freshman Kendall Petersen stepped up to take the kick and scored her first goal of the season.
On the game, BYU recorded 29 shots and six corner kicks while the Wildcats tallied nine and two, respectively.
The Cougars continue on the road as they travel to Long Beach State on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. PDT. The game will be streamed live on BigWest.tv and audio broadcasts can be heard on BYU Sports Network/BYU Cougars App, 107.9 FM and ESPN 960 AM/ESPN 960 App.
- Cameron Tucker now has four goals this season for a total of 11 in her career.
- The last time a Cougar scored a hat trick was in 2016 when Ashley Hatch recorded three goals at San Francisco.
- Mikayla Colohan has scored in back-to-back games, giving her a total of four as a junior.
- Jamie Shepherd and Ella Ballstaedt each tallied their second assist of the season.
- Lizzy Braby has three assists on the season and eight in her career at BYU.
- The Cougars have outscored their opponents 22-1 this season.
- On the season, BYU has seven shutouts, including six in a row.
No. 7 BYU plays at No. 14 Kansas and Kansas State
PROVO, Utah – The No. 7 BYU women's soccer team continues on the road at No. 14 Kansas on Thursday, Sept. 19 and Kansas State on Saturday, Sept. 21.
IN THE RANKINGS. With the announcement of the United Soccer Coaches and Top Drawer Soccer polls for this week, the Cougars moved up to No. 7 in both polls. BYU has also consistently held the top spot in the United Soccer Coaches West Region poll.
LAST TIME ON THE FIELD. The Cougars were led by a strong defense as senior defender Danika Serassio scored her first career goal in the 64th minute against Utah Valley on Monday night, giving BYU a 1-0 victory. Goalkeeper Sabrina Davis tallied four saves to lead the defense to its fourth-consecutive shutout and fifth of the season.
UNDEFEATED HISTORY. It has been 14 years since the Cougars have started a season 6-0. In 2005, BYU went on to have a 15-2-4 overall record, but lost a heartbreaker against Weber State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
THE STRENGTH OF THE DEFENSE. In six games played, the Cougars have only allowed one goal, a penalty kick against Mississippi State. Davis leads the defense in goal with a .929 save percentage, ranking her third in the nation. As a team, BYU is tied for second in goals against average (.200) and second in save percentage (.929).
No. 7 BYU (6-0-0, 0-0-0 WCC) @ No. 14 KANSAS (7-1-0, 0-0-0 Big 12)
- Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. CDT, at Rock Chalk Park
- Television: ESPN+
- TV Talent: Josh Klingler (play-by-play) and Huw Williams (analyst)
- Radio: BYU Sports Network/BYU Cougars App/107.9 FM and ESPN 960 AM/ESPN 960 AM App
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Avery Walker (analyst)
THE JAYHAWKS. Kansas is looking to improve its win-streak to four games as the Jayhawks have most recently beaten Purdue, Northwestern and Western Michigan. The only loss of the season came at DePaul, with Kansas falling short 1-0. The Jayhawk defense has only allowed three goals this season while the offense is led by Katie McClure's seven goals and three assists.
COUGARS VS. JAYHAWKS. The Cougars lead the series 3-1 with their most recent win coming in 2017 as BYU took a 3-2 victory at South Field.
No. 7 BYU (6-0-0, 0-0-0 WCC) @ KANSAS STATE (2-4-2, 0-0-0 Big 12)
- Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. CDT, at Buser Family Park
- Television: ESPN+
- Radio: 107.9 FM and ESPN 960 AM/ESPN 960 AM App
- Radio Talent: Jason Shepherd (play-by-play) and Avery Walker (analyst)
THE WILDCATS. Kansas State's pair of wins this season came against South Dakota State and Tulsa as the Wildcats won 2-0 in both matches. On Sept. 12, Kansas State fell short, 3-2, to the West Coast Conference's Gonzaga. Laramie Hall and Katie Cramer have scored three goals apiece to lead the Wildcats.
COUGARS VS. WILDCATS. This will be the first meeting between BYU and Kansas State.