CAMBRIDGE -- After fighting through a scoreless first half, the BYU women's soccer team scored back-to-back goals to defeat Boston University, 2-1, Saturday in the Harvard Invitational.
Despite recording 19 shots in the first half alone, the Cougars didn't convert until the second half, when Kim Lowe connected on a pass from Maren Hendershot. Sarah Higham then followed up with a goal of her own just three minutes later off a feed from Aurelin Weidner to make it 2-0.
BU's Allison Merkle netted a goal for the Terriers with just under 20 minutes left to play, but it wasn't enough to defeat the 12th-ranked Cougars.
The Cougars had 30 shot attempts in the win, their second-highest total of the season. BYU's defense held the Terriers to 11 shots in the game
BYU goalie Jennifer Waldron recorded four saves in the victory, while BU goalie Meghan Lynch managed ten saves against the Cougars.
The Cougars improved to 11-1 with the win. The Terriers dropped to 6-4.
BYU will next face Harvard University Monday at 3 p.m. before returning home to Provo. Harvard also posted a win in its first game of the invitational, beating Penn 2-1 in overtime and improving its record to 5-1.
BYU 2, BU 1
BYU - Kim Lowe, 60:21 (assisted by Maren Hendershot
BYU - Sarah Higham, 63:10 (assisted by Aurelin Weidner)
BU - Allison Merkle, 71:06 (assisted by Megan Cross)
Three home wins all shutouts, a 10-1 record and BYU's women's soccer team is on another road trip. This time to the east coast to participate in the Harvard Invitational.
Cougars In This Week's
Ã‚â€¢ In Soccer America Poll - ranked 9th
Ã‚â€¢ Ranked 12th by the NSCAA
BYU Returning Starters To Watch
Ã‚â€¢ 20 Maren Hendershot - F, Sr (7G, 7A, 21PTS, 39SH)
Ã‚â€¢ 15 Kim Lowe - MF, Jr (5G, 3A, 13PTS, 22SH)
Ã‚â€¢ 4 Natalyn Lewis - MF, Jr (4G, 3A, 11PTS, 20SH)
Ã‚â€¢ 11 Sarah Higam - MF, So (5G, 7A,17PTS, 24SH )
Ã‚â€¢ 14 Karen Wunderli- MF, Sr (2G, 4A,8PTS, 20SH )
BYU Newcomers To Watch
Ã‚â€¢ 5 Rachelle Dixon - 5-6 MF/F, Fr (Bountiful, UT/Bountiful)
Ã‚â€¢ 18 Jeni Williardson - 5-9 MF/F, Fr (4G, 1A, 9PTS, 13SH)
Cougar Season Highs To Date
Ã‚â€¢ Most goals in a game (team) - eight against Northwestern on 9/4
Ã‚â€¢ Most shots in game (team) - 39 vs University of Arizona on 9/13
Ã‚â€¢ Most corner kicks in a game (team) - eight vs Wisconsin-Milwaukee 9/9
Cougar '99 Quickie Stats
Ã‚â€¢ Averaging 22.8 shots on goal per game
Ã‚â€¢ Averaging 3.55 goals per game
Ã‚â€¢ Average 3.1 assists per game
BYU vs Boston University Notes
Eight starters are back in 1999 for the Boston University Terriers. To date Boston Universtiy has compiled a 6-3, 2-0 record. Deidre Enos leads the Terrriers in scoring with seven goals and three assists for 17 points. Mary-Beth Magner has the next highest point total at six from two goals and two assists. Boston University is averaging 2.1 goals per game and 14.3 shots on goal.
Series Against Boston University
This will be the first meeting between Boston University and BYU
BYU vs Harvard Notes
The Crimson women's soccer team has a 4-2 record to date. Harvard returns seven starters from its 1998 12-5-1 team. In 1999, freshman Beth Totman leads the offense with eight points from three goals and two assists. Also with eight points is Julia Blain, a senior midfielder from Burke, Virginia. The Crimson are averaging 2. 3 goals per game and 19.2 shots per game.
Series Against Harvard
This will be the first meeting between Harvard and BYU.
Coach Jennifer Rockwood Quotes
(On the Cougars) We are accomplishing our goals right now and we are playing extremely well. We're an offensive team that attacks the ball and we are creating lots of opportunities to score. We just need to finish them. This past weekend
everyone got to play again and allowed them to get some experience, and we gave our starters a rest.
(On opponents) These two teams (Boston University and Harvard) we haven't seen play or competed against them ever. Both are solid teams who are highly ranked in their regions. This will be a big challenge for us. We will get an opportunity to play and see some east coast soccer.
Cougars On The Road
The BYU team will be leaving for Boston on Friday, October 1 arriving at 4:30 p.m. The team will stay at the Hampton Inn in Marlborough at 508-787-9888. The Cougars returns on Monday, October 4 at 1:10 a.m.
BYU Media Information
At home, the Cougars practice daily from 2 to 5 p.m. Player and/or coach Rockwood interviews may be done in advance by contacting Norma Collett at 801-378-4908 or via e-mial at email@example.com There are no player interviews 24 hours prior to games.
Up Next For The Cougars
BYU opens Mountain West Conference play hosting New Mexico on Friday, October 8 and Utah on October 9.