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Anonymous | Posted: 8 Sep 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Upset at home in front of record-setting crowd


PROVO, Utah - In front of a record-breaking crowd of 4,922, the No. 24 BYU Women’s Soccer team upset No. 6 Penn State 3-1, Saturday, on a game-winning goal by senior Jessica Ringwood.

The win marks the Cougars' (6-1) second victory over a ranked opponent this season, after defeating No. 11 Long Beach State in the team’s home opener last week. A win over a sixth-ranked team is the second-highest ranked team the Cougars have beaten in the program's history. The highest-ranked team BYU has ever defeated was No. 3 Portland in 2002. 

“We really knew that we had to come out strong tonight," said head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "Penn State is such a great team, so much talent, and so much experience that we knew we’d really have to be at our best. Anytime you can beat a team like Penn State or a top-ten ranked team, it’s big for your program.”

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The Cougars came out strong in the opening minutes of the first half putting consistent pressure on the Nittany Lions. BYU got its first goal of the game in the 13th minute, as Jaiden Thornock sent a crossing pass to Ringwood who slipped the ball past the Penn State goalkeeper.

Fueled by their first goal, BYU continued to put pressure on Penn State and generate multiple scoring chances. Penn State was held scoreless until the 29th minute when Mallory Weber tallied an unassisted goal dribbling the ball at the top of the penalty box and squeezing a shot past goal keeper Erica Owens.

Late in the first half Owens made a strong save, deflecting Kindra Kohne’s shot off the right goal post to preserve the 1-1 tie at half. Owens came up big for the Cougars when they needed her and made five saves to keep Penn State's goal count at one. 

Ringwood was a strong offensive presence for the Cougars in the first half, tallying three of BYU’s six shots. Penn State finished the first half with seven shots on goal.

The Nittany Lions came out strong in the second half, controlling possession and generating a consistent offensive attack early on. Fending off the Nittany Lions’ early surge, the Cougars continued to battle, led by senior Carlee Payne Holmoe. At the 54th minute, Holmoe crossed the ball to Ringwood, who knocked in her second goal of the game.

Less than two minutes later freshman Michele Murphy converted another Holmoe crossing pass and headed the ball over the Penn State goalkeeper. Murphy’s fourth goal of the season extended the Cougar lead to 3-1.

Down the stretch, Owens provided a strong performance in front of the net for the Cougars. Penn State had an opportunity to get back in the game late with a penalty kick but came up short as Christine Nairn sent the ball flying wide left.

“I think this [win] puts us back out there,” Ringwood said. “Last year was disappointing not getting into the NCAA tournament, but we’re definitely making a name for ourselves, so it’s exciting,”

The Cougars resume play at home on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. against Cal Poly. The game will be televised nationally on BYUtv.

The game can also be followed on the BYU women's soccer Twitter page.

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wcraft | Posted: 4 Sep 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Two more at home on Thursday and Saturday


PROVO, Utah - The No. 24 BYU women's soccer team continues its six-game home swing this week with a game on Thursday, Sept. 6, against Texas at 7 p.m. MDT and on Saturday, Sept. 8, against No. 6 Penn State at 7:30 p.m. MDT.

The Cougars are now 4-1 on the season after nabbing a pair of shutouts last week over No. 11 Long Beach State and Colorado College. BYU has recorded double-digit shots in its last three games. 

Sophomore Jaiden Thornock leads the BYU squad with three goals and 16 shots on the year, and 14 other BYU players have also recorded at least one shot this season. Junior goalkeeper Erica Owens has tallied 413 minutes in front of the net and made 17 saves while allowing just three goals in five games. 

Texas comes to Provo on a 2-4 record having lost three of its last four games. Seniors Kristin Cummins and Hannah Higgins were named to the 2012 Preseason All-Big 12 team as the team’s top-two leading scorers returning from last season. Incoming freshman goalkeeper Abby Smith will miss the game on Thursday due to U-20 competition for team USA.

The Longhorns will be under a new head coach this season after Angela Kelly took the wheel in December of 2011. Kelly spent the last 12 years with Tennessee.

Texas leads the overall series against BYU 3-1.

Penn State comes to Provo with a 5-1 season record and their only loss to defending NCAA Tournament champion Stanford. 

Returning from the team’s 2011 squad that made a run to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 are top-three goal scorers Maya Hayes, Taylor Schram and Emily Hurt, who netted 31, 12 and 6 goals, respectively. The team also returns four other goal scorers.

Hayes was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy last season while leading the nation with her 31 goals and 70 points, and also breaking numerous Penn State and Big Ten Records. Hayes is on this season’s Hermann Trophy Watch List. 

Schram earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors in 2011 after tallying career-highs in goals, assists, points and games started. 

Juniors Schram and Hayes will miss the first few weeks of the Nittany Lions’ season (including their game against BYU) due to U20 competition for team USA.

Thursday's game against Texas will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and live stats will be available through the BYU women's soccer schedule page. 

Saturday's matchup against Penn State will be broadcast live on BYUtv. Fans can watch the game live on TV or online for free at stats are also available.

Both games can also be followed on the BYU women's soccer Twitter page

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