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Kenny Cox | Posted: 20 Sep 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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Cougars Find Offensive Groove in 5-0 Win


PROVO, Utah - Junior Carlee Payne scored two goals to help the BYU women’s soccer team cruise to a 5-0 victory over the Idaho Vandals, Tuesday,  at South Field.

Four different Cougars scored and BYU took a season-high 25 shots on a night where everything seemed to fall into place as the offense and defense each did their part while holding Idaho to just 5 shots. With the win, BYU improves to 5-3-2 on the season.

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"We really came out and got off to a great start even though we didn't score at the beginning when we had our chances," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "The girls didn't get frustrated which they could have and continued to battle and fight."

The Cougars controlled the ball for much of the first half, playing aggressively. Junior forward Jennie Marshall came in midway through the half and continued give BYU shots on goal. Marshall took three shots in the first half including a long shot from 25 yards out that just missed and soared a few inches too high.

Freshman Jaiden Thornock came in the game with nine minutes remaining in the half and provided the spark the Cougars needed, getting them on the board. Thornock scored her third goal of the season in the top corner of the net from 18 yards out with just over one minute left until halftime to give BYU a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Strong defense was played by both teams in the first half but the Cougars led with 11 shots while limiting Idaho to just two.

"We have a lot to prove," Rockwood said. "The girls have high expectations and we are still trying to find ourselves and believe in what we can do."

Just seven minutes into the second half BYU added on to its lead when Payne dribbled through multiple defenders and powered a shot past the goalie to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. Marshall nearly added another score just three minutes later with back-to-back shots that went wide.Payne tallied her second goal of then night six minutes after her first, giving BYU a 3-0 edge. Junior Cami Jensen got the assist, throwing the ball in to Payne who raced past defenders to get another shot off for her third goal of the season.

"We struggled last week so it felt great to come out here and score five goals as a team," Payne said. "To work hard and come out confident, it feels great."

The Cougar offensive display continued, this time with Marshall getting into the scoring column after seven shots. Marshall cut back and forth around the net, dodging a defender and put the ball right in the middle of the goal for her third of the season and a 4-0 BYU lead with just under 24 minutes left to play.

Senior Megan Fereday knocked in BYU's fifth and final goal off a header that hit the cross bar and bounced in. Fereday entered the game just 42 seconds before scoring her first career goal.

Up next, BYU hosts Utah State at South Field on Thursday at 7 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on BYU Radio.

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wcraft | Posted: 19 Sep 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Home Games Tuesday & Thursday


PROVO, Utah - The No. 23 BYU women's soccer team will play its final two regular season games this week on Tuesday against the University of Idaho at 7 p.m. MT and Thursday against Utah State at 7 p.m. MT on South Field. 

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The Cougars are riding a 4-3-2 season record after their last two road games in Oklahoma became the first back-to-back losses for the program since the 2008 season.

BYU has recorded double-digit shots in all of its games this season, but one, and are led offensively by Jennie Marshall, Auna Doria, Colette Jepson and Jaiden Thornock who have all recorded two goals so far this year. 

Senior goalkeeper McKinzie Olson is 14 saves and 9 shutouts away from becoming BYU's all-time career leader in those two categories. Olson has thus far recorded 853 minutes in front of the net and 39 saves for the Cougars.

Tuesday's game against the Vandals is the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Idaho is 3-4-2 this season after its most recent loss to Washington State at home. The Vandals finished the 2010 season with a 14-7 record for third place in the Western Athletic Conference.

Utah State and BYU have played eight times since 1996 with the Cougars coming away victorious in each meeting. This year, the Aggies are 8-2 and coming off two losses at Tulsa and Oklahoma State that snapped their eight-game winning streak. The Aggie offense is led by Shantel Flanary on eight goals and 31 shots. 

Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and online live at by creating a free username. Keros Lowder and Natalyn Lewis will provide play-by-play commentary. Lewis played BYU soccer for four years, earning her an All-America honor and a four-year club scholar athlete recognition.

Thursday's game will be boadcast live on BYU Radio with commentary from Ty Brandenburg. 

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