Missoula, MT. (Sept. 4) -- Four goals in each half was more than enough for BYU's 14th ranked women's soccer team to defeat no. 20 Northwestern 8-1 Saturday afternoon, in this year's Montana Soccer Showdown Tournament.
Six Cougar players scored the eight goals for BYU including two from Natalyn Orchard and Sara Higham. All-America Maren Hendershot, junior Kim Lowe and freshmen newcomers Jeni Williardson and Rachelle Dixon scored a goal a piece in the contest. Hendershot also picked up three assists in the game.
Northwestern's lone goal came at the 87th minute of the game on a direct kick by Kristen Palmer.
BYU's Sarah Higham is the team's scoring leader to date with three goals on the season including last week's game winner in overtime against Arizona State.
The win improves BYU's record to 2-0 on the year. The Cougars will play Montana on Labor Day at 1 p.m. The Grizzlies defeated Northwestern 2-0 on Friday.
-AGATE- BYU-8; NU-1
Scoring: BYU-Natalyn Orchard, 14:40 (Maren Hendershot, assist)
BYU-Sarah Higham, 20:01 (Maren Hendershot, assist)
BYU-Jeni Williardson, 39:59 (unassisted)
BYU-Sarah Higham, 42:00 (Maren Hendershot, assist)
BYU-Maren Hendershot, 50:45 (Staci Reynolds, assist)
BYU-Natalyn Orchard, 61:16 (Kim Lowe, assist)
BYU-Kim Lowe, 81:34 (Karen Robbins, assist)
NU-Kristen Palmer, 87:04 (unassisted)
BYU-Rachelle Dixon, 89:43 (Jenni Christianson, assist)
Shots: BYU-21; NU-4 Keeper Saves: BYU-1; NU-10
Provo, Utah (Sept. 2, 1999) - The 14th Ranked Cougars Continue The '99 Season On The Road With Games Against No. 20 Northwestern And Montana
The Cougars will be making their second road trip of the year to Missoula, Montana to participate in this year's Soccer Showdown. Saturday afternoon the play Northwestern and on Labor Day play hosts Montana. Both are 1 p.m. , start times
Cougars In Two Pre-Season Polls
Ã‚â€¢ First-ever pre-season showing in Soccer America Poll- ranked 20th
Ã‚â€¢ Ranked 14th by the NSCAA - highest pre-season ranking
BYU Returning Starters To Watch (1998 Stats)
Ã‚â€¢ 20 Maren Hendershot - F, Sr (19G, 6A, 44PTS, 85 SH)
Ã‚â€¢ 12 Sara Reading - F, Jr (9G, 4A, 22PTS, 69 SH)
Ã‚â€¢ 2 Athelia Graham - D, Jr (2G, 3A, 7PTS)
Ã‚â€¢ 21 Staci Reynolds - D, Jr (1G, 3A, 5PTS)
BYU Newcomers To Watch
Ã‚â€¢ 24 Farrah Hofheins - 5-7 D, Fr (Alpine, UT/Lone Peak H.S.)
Ã‚â€¢ 5 Rachelle Dixon - 5-6 MF/F, Fr (Bountiful, UT/Bountiful H.S.)
Ã‚â€¢ 18 Jeni Williardson - 5-9 MF/F, Fr (Murray, UT/Murray H.S.)
Cougar 1998 Season Highs
Ã‚â€¢ Largest home crowd - 1,495 on 9/11 against Colorado
Ã‚â€¢ Most shots in game - 38 against Idaho State on 9/19
Ã‚â€¢ Most goals in a game (individual) - Shauna Rohbock (4) against Colorado on 9/11
Ã‚â€¢ Most goals in a game (team) - two games at home - (7) against Butler on 9/25 and against Hawaii on 10/09.
Ã‚â€¢ First hat trick of the season - Maren Hendershot in game against New Mexico on 29/18
Cougar 1998 Final Quickie Stats
Ã‚â€¢ Averaging 20 shots on goal per game
Ã‚â€¢ Averaging 2.7 goals per game
Ã‚â€¢ Average 5.6 corner kicks per game
BYU vs Northwestern Notes
The Wildcats, ranked 20th by the NSCAA are 1-0 on the season after a 2-0 victory over Northern Illinois on Aug. 27. Northwestern returns eight starters from last year's 16-5 season.
Series Against Northwestern
This will be the first meeting between the Cougars and Wildcats.
BYU vs Montana Notes
Montana will be playing their first game of the season when the Cougars and Grizzlies meet on Labor Day. The Grizzlies return seven starters from last year's 15-5-1 team.
Series Against Montana
The series is tied at 2-2. In the last meeting between BYU and Montana was in Provo on Sept. 26 with the visiting Grizzlies picking up a 4-1 victory handing the Cougars their first home loss in two seasons at South Field.
Coach Jennifer Rockwood Quotes
It was good for us to get that first game of the season under our belts. We had some good performances from our players . The two games this weekend will also be good tests for us.
We will be playing Northwestern for the first time. Thy are a very solid top twenty program with a great tradition in women's soccer. They have a good core of their players back this year., so we will have our work cut out for us against them.
We have developed a great rivalry against Montana over the past four years. They came to our home field last year and beat us. I think our team will be ready for them and it will be a great contest. We always have fun playing against Montana and they have a very talented team. Both of these matches are very tough and we will have to play our best soccer in order to pickup a win.
Up Next for the Cougars
BYU will open their home season on Thursday, Sept. 9 against Wisconsin Milwaukee at 5 p.m., at South Field. The Cougars stay at home hosting Cal Poly SLO on Saturday at 7 p.m., and Arizona on Monday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.