PROVO, Utah - In its first conference match of the season, the No. 6 BYU women’s soccer team tied 0-0 with No. 21 Santa Clara in double overtime at South Field.
“We played really well tonight,” head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “We knew this was going to be a tough team and a tough game. We gave it everything we had. We needed to get one in but just couldn’t get it done. We’ll take the tie against a very great team.”
BYU’s record goes to 11-1-1 while Santa Clara ends its six-game winning streak to send their record to 7-2-4.
Both team's defenses went to work early in the first half. BYU’s first attempt at the goal came thirty minutes into the half as Michele Murphy crossed a shot that bounced into the hands of the Santa Clara goalie. BYU added only one more shot in the half, while Santa Clara took four shots and four corner kicks to head into the locker room tied at zero.
BYU came out aggressive on the offensive side of the ball in the second half and took 12 shots compared to Santa Clara’s five.
In the beginning of the half, Santa Clara threatened to score early, but BYU’s goalkeeper Erica Owens poked the ball up and out of play to send the Broncos for a corner kick, which flew into the side of the goal.
BYU’s first attempt on goal, in the second half, came soon after as Jaiden Thornock took a deep shot that floated just over the crossbar.
Five minutes later, BYU’s Jessica Ringwood took the team’s first corner kick of the game and gave BYU its best opportunity to score, but the play was cut short on an off-sides call.
Santa Clara took two more shots of their own, but couldn‘t get it past Owens for the score.
Twenty-five minutes in, BYU earned another chance to score as Ringwood took a hard shot at the goal, which bounced off the right crossbar.
The Cougars and Broncos continued to exchange shots, but the game remained scoreless at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime.
With five minutes remaining in the first overtime, BYU earned a free kick just outside of the goal box, but Cloee Colohan sailed the shot over the goal.
BYU had multiple chances to score throughout the rest of the first and second overtime, but failed to convert and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
BYU plays next at home on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. MDT for another conference matchup against San Francisco.
WCC action kicks off on Friday at home
PROVO, Utah – The No. 6/4 BYU women’s soccer team kicks off West Coast Conference play this weekend against No. 21 Santa Clara with a game on Friday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. MT.
The Cougars boast an impressive 11-1 season record and are currently on a nine-game winning streak. BYU went undefeated (8-0) through the month of September for the first time since the 1997 season when the team went 9-0.
Three players on the BYU squad have recorded a team-high five goals on the year. Jaiden Thornock, Michele Murphy and Jessica Ringwood’s five apiece contribute to a team total of 26 goals.
BYU is out scoring its opponents 26-6 through its first 12 games.
Thornock also leads the squad in the shot category with 40 shots total.
Goalkeeper Erica Owens has recorded 1,031 minutes in front of the net, made 37 saves and already recorded six shutouts.
The No. 21 Santa Clara women’s soccer team comes to Provo with 7-2-3 record and on a six-game unbeaten streak.
Senior Lauren Matheson leads the Broncos with four goals and teammate Sofia Huerta also leads the team with 44 shots.
Seven other players have recorded double-figure shots this year and all but one player on Santa Clara’s roster has taken at least one shot this season.
Santa Clara was chosen first in this season’s WCC Preseason Poll and was ranked No. 17 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll.
Returning starters Julie Johnston and Sofia Huerta played at the U-20 National championships earlier this season. Since returning, the team has gone 4-0. Johnston had nine goals in 2011 and Huerta had eight.
How to Follow
Friday’s game will be broadcast live on BYU radio and streamed online through byuradio.org. Live stats are also available through the BYU women’s soccer schedule page.
Fans that show their Utah State football ticket (at 8:15 p.m.) get in for just $1 and any child wearing a youth soccer jersey also gets in for $1.
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