SAN DIEGO-- The No. 5 BYU women's soccer team defeated San Diego on the road, 4-1, to stay in first place in the West Coast Conference and improve its record to 15-1-1 on the year.
Thornock's goal came in the third minute after she intercepted a pass between San Diego defenders and defeated the goalkeeper in a 1-on-1 stand-off. Colohan finished off a cross from teammate Jessica Ringwood to find the lower right corner of the net, through the fingers of the Torero goalkeeper, and get her goal in the sixth minute.
Thornock led all players with six shots on the night.
The Cougars had a few more chances in the first half but nothing solid, so they took the 2-0 lead into halftime.
Early in the second half, BYU defender Dana Oldroyd Cusick took control of the ball at midfield and dribbled it all the way upfield. Cusick crossed the ball in front of the net to a running Michele Murphy who took a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced away into Torero possession.
Just a couple minutes later, after keeping the pressure on, Carlee Payne Holmoe crossed a ball into traffic, but Colohan was able to get a touch on it and score her second goal of the night through San Diego defenders and goalkeeper.
In the 71st minute, San Diego responded to BYU's attack with a goal of its own. A long cross from Torero Emily Dillon went over the head of BYU goalkeeper Erica Owens and Mariah Hobbs was there to follow up and sneak the ball into the net to put the score at 3-1.
Ready with a quick response, Cusick scored a goal just five minutes later after taking the ball the entire length of the field and beating three San Diego defenders to get the ball into the lower left corner of the net. The goal secured BYU's 4-1 victory over the Toreros.
Up next for the fifth-ranked Cougars is their final home game of the regular season on Saturday when they host Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. MDT on South Field.
Away on Thursday, senior day on Saturday
PROVO, Utah - Sitting atop the West Coast Conference standings, the No. 5 BYU women's soccer team will play a road game this Thursday against the University of San Diego at 7 p.m. PDT before returning home for its final regular-season home game on Saturday against Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. MDT.
Saturday's game will be Senior Day. The team will honor nine seniors for their contributions to the team over the last four years.
Goalkeeper Erica Owens is currently 18th in the NCAA for her GAA at .574. Owens has made 47 saves so far this season and spent 1,411 minutes in front of the net.
The BYU defense is holding its opponents to just an average of 7.7 shots per game, compared to BYU's offense that is taking 18.5 shots per game.
San Diego has a 7-9-0 overall record and 4-3-0 record through conference play.
The Toreros have lost their last two games after being on a four-game winning streak the weeks before.
The last time BYU played at San Diego was in 1995 when the team lost 4-0.
Emily Dillon leads the Toreros with three goals and 23 shots this season. San Diego goalkeeper McKenna Tollack has made 65 saves this season through 1,201 minutes in front of the net.
Saint Mary’s comes to Provo on Saturday with a 6-9-2 overall record and 1-4 record through WCC action.
The Gaels are on a four-game losing streak, all conference games, with their one WCC win coming on Oct. 7 against Gonzaga.
Vicki Shimkus and Melinda Madden lead the Gael squad with four goals apiece. Shimkus also leads with 34 shots.
Saint Mary’s is averaging 12.4 shots per game.
How to Watch
Thursday's away game can be viewed online and followed on Gametracker through San Diego's schedule page.
Both games can also be followed on the BYU women's soccer Twitter page.