Affleck lifts No. 4 BYU to a 2-1 win over Dons in overtime thriller
SAN FRANCISCO – Freshman SaraJayne Affleck’s overtime goal gave the No. 4 BYU women’s soccer team a 2-1 win over San Francisco on Saturday.
"Amazing effort from the team tonight," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "This is a really tough place to come and play, and we had to dig deep to find a way."
In the 102nd minute, Affleck received a cross from Lizzy Braby and one-touched the ball into the back of the net to end the game and keep BYU (16-0-1, 6-0-1 WCC) undefeated on the season.
The Dons (10-6-1, 3-3-1 WCC) put immediate pressure on the Cougars, recording the first three shots of the night. In the 20th minute, a shot to the left side of the goal forced a diving save by Sabrina Davis to keep San Francisco off the boards.
BYU’s offense picked up its intensity, eventually evening the shot tally at 11 for both teams as they went into the locker rooms at halftime. Lizzy Braby led the offense with three shots, all of which were on frame as the Dons’ goalkeeper racked up six saves and Davis recorded three.
The Cougars outshot San Francisco four to one in the first 10 minutes of the second half before Elise Flake connected with the back of the net to give BYU the 1-0 advantage in the 57th minute.
Despite the Cougars controlling the possession and shot count throughout the second half, the Dons managed to even the game at 1-all with just over 10 minutes to play in the game after Ashley Humphrey scored off a cross.
In the 86th minute, Davis was challenged as a shot came in from outside the 18-yard box, but she made another diving save to keep the game tied and send it into overtime.
After 90 minutes of play, BYU outshot San Francisco 26 to 17.
In the first period of overtime, both teams managed to get off a dangerous opportunity to end the game as Cameron Tucker shot just wide right and then Davis made a save on the other end of the field.
The Cougars recorded 32 shots on the night compared to the Dons’ 19 while Davis grabbed seven saves.
BYU continues on the road at Gonzaga on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. PST. The game will be streamed on the WCC Network and audio broadcasts can be heard on BYU Sports Network/BYU Cougars App, ESPN 960 AM/ESPN 960 App and 107.9 FM.
- Elise Flake leads the team with 16 goals and is now tied for seventh in the BYU record book for career goals with 36.
- SaraJayne Affleck scored her first game-winner in a BYU jersey as she has found the back of the net three times this season.
- Lizzy Braby leads the team in assists as she recorded her ninth of the season.
No. 4 Cougars on the road at San Francisco
PROVO, Utah – The No. 4 BYU women's soccer team continues West Coast Conference action on the road at San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. PDT.
IN THE RANKINGS. Both Top Drawer Soccer and United Soccer Coaches have BYU ranked No. 4 in this week's polls while the NCAA RPI rankings place the Cougars at No. 17. Top Drawer Soccer recently released its Top 100 Players and Top 100 Freshmen, placing Mikayla Colohan at No. 17 and Elise Flake at No. 61 in the Top 100 Players. Jamie Shepherd and SaraJayne Affleck claimed the No. 10 and 48 spots in the Top 100 Freshmen poll.
LAST TIME ON THE FIELD. At South Field, BYU took a 3-1 win over San Diego on Saturday night. The Toreros shocked the Cougar defense in the 12th minute as a goal gave San Diego an early 1-0 lead. However, a goal by Colohan 22 seconds later evened the game. Goals by Cameron Tucker in the 20th and Flake in the 47th gave BYU the advantage as the defense held off the Torero pressure. The Cougars racked up 27 shots on the game.
IN THE WCC. BYU currently sits alone in first place in the WCC rankings with a total of 16 points and a 5-0-1 record. The Cougars tie came in the first match against Santa Clara. The Broncos are in second place with 14 points, Pepperdine follows with 12 and Gonzaga and San Francisco have 10 points apiece. Flake leads the conference in goals (15) and points (33) while Colohan leads the way in total shots with 74. In goal, Sabrina Davis also leads the league in save percentage (.811).
No. 4 BYU (15-0-1, 5-0-1 WCC) @ San Francisco (10-5-2, 3-2-1 WCC)
- Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. PDT, at Negoesco Stadium
- Video: WCC Network
- Radio: 107.9 FM and ESPN 960 AM/ESPN 960 AM App
- TV/Radio Talent: Jason Shepherd (play-by-play) and Avery Walker (analyst)
THE DONS. Last week, San Francisco split its games as the Dons beat San Diego (2-1) in overtime before losing in overtime against Portland (1-2). In conference play, San Francisco's other two wins came over Pacific and Saint Mary's. Samantha Jehnings leads the offense with nine goals and Madison Miciah has eight goals and nine assists. The Dons have scored a total of 36 goals while allowing 30.
COUGARS VS. DONS. BYU leads the series 7-2 and picked up the most recent victory in 2018 after topping San Francisco 4-0 at South Field. The last time the Cougars played at Negoesco Stadium, the Dons picked up 2-1 victory over the Cougars.