PROVO, Utah – The ninth-ranked BYU women’s soccer team defeated UVU 1-0 with a late first-half goal on Thursday at South Field.
“I thought we played well overall,” head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “I would have liked to have scored a few more times, but we got the win.”
The win against UVU helps BYU improve its record to 11-1 on the season. The win also marked its seventh shutout and ninth-straight win.
UVU falls to 1-9-1 on the season, unable to break a four-game losing streak.
BYU dominated the majority of the first half leading UVU 11 shots to one but were not able to score until late in the first half. Three of the Cougars’ attempts came from headers that sailed to the right and left of the goal. Even though BYU remained scoreless for most of the first half, the BYU defense allowed only one corner kick from the UVU offense.
BYU’s closest shot, before its goal, came 30 minutes in with an outside shot from Jaiden Thornock that bounced off the goalie’s hands and the cross bar.
The only goal of the night came from Jessica Ringwood with 40 seconds left in the first half on an assist from Dana Oldroyd Cusick. Cusick crossed the ball up to Ringwood who crossed in front of the goalie, burying the ball in the back of the net. Ringwood finished the game with five shots to lead all players.
UVU’s one shot on goal in the first half came 13 minutes in from Lexi Felis. Felis tried to cross the ball to the middle, but a BYU defender deflected the ball and took back possession.
BYU came out strong in the second half by getting several shots on goal early but again were not able to capitalize on its attempts. UVU’s second and last shot of the game also came early in the second half but was prevented by a diving save from BYU’s goalkeeper Erica Owens. Twenty minutes into the half BYU continued to dominate with 16 shots to UVU's two while only allowing the Wolverines into Cougar territory twice.
With 14 minutes left in the game BYU had its last solid chance to score off a shot by Cloee Colohan, which she aimed toward the left corner of the net. UVU’s goalie Lauren Sack deflected the ball off the left cross bar preventing a second BYU goal.
“Our preseason ended as well as we could have hoped for,” Rockwood said. “Now, we have to get ready to play in a very tough conference.”
The women’s soccer team returns to action opening up the West Coast Conference schedule on Friday, Oct. 5 in Provo against Santa Clara.
Cougars play at home on Thursday
PROVO, Utah - The No. 9/6 BYU women's soccer team will play its first of three home games this Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. MDT against the Utah Valley University Wolverines.
The Cougars are most recently coming off a win over Oregon where they recorded their sixth shutout of the year and eighth-straight win.
BYU goalkeeper Erica Owens has recorded 941 minutes in front of the net this year and made 35 saves.
The Wolverines travel to South Field with a 1-8-1 record and on a four-straight game losing streak. Their last loss came against Seattle University in a 2-4 final.
Regan Benson leads the squad with four goals and 24 shots. Four of her teammtes join her in recording double-digit shots and 10 others have tallied at least one shot on the year.
UVU went 12-8-1 in 2011 and returns its top two goal scorers for the 2012 season in Natalie Young and Benson. Young had 12 goals last year and Benson contributed seven.
In the Great West Conference’s three years of existence, the UVU women’s soccer team has won the tournament championship the last two years. Also in 2011 the team won the regular season GWC title and set a school record for its 12 wins that year.
Pregame BBQ and Postgame Movie
Come early to Thursday's game for a pregame BBQ starting at 6 p.m. with Nathan's Hot Dogs for $1.50, hamburgers for $2.50 and pulled pork for $2.50. All food includes potato salad, a BYU brownie and free Powerade.
Come early to avoid lines. No food will be served after the 7 p.m. kickoff.
Stick around after the game for Madagascar 3 on South Field. Frozen yogurt will be available to purchase. Movie starts at 9:15 p.m. MDT.