LOS ANGELES - An overtime goal in the 103rd minute from freshman Marissa Nimmer gave the No. 4 BYU women's soccer team a 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount, Thursday, on the road and a continual hold on first place in the West Coast Conference standings.
With the win, the Cougars clinch at least a share of the 2012 WCC title.
BYU is now 2-0-1 in games that go into overtime and have won their last six-straight games in conference play.
Quality shots were taken from the BYU side in the first half but none were able to get past the Lion defense and find the back of the net. The Cougars controlled much of the first-half tempo, taking six shots to LMU's four at the end of the first half.
The Cougars went into the locker room at halftime without a goal for just the fourth time this season.
The second half started slow but after about 15 minutes, BYU got two good chances in a row.
Rachel Manning took a shot that went off the right post and bounced away from BYU possession but not for long. One minute later LMU's goalkeeper tried to bat the ball away from harm but missed it and Michele Murphy retrieved it. She attempted to pass the ball to Jessica Ringwood, in front of an open net, but a Lion defender intercepted and cleared the ball.
A few more good shots were taken by BYU, especially late in the second half, but a 0-0 score led the game into overtime.
Two shots were taken by each team in the first overtime but another zero-goal performance put them into a second overtime. Nimmer's golden goal for BYU came just three minutes into the second overtime and secured the 1-0 victory for BYU. Nimmer's goal came off a pass from teammate Jaiden Thornock.
The Cougars finished the game with 20 shots to LMU's nine.
Up next for BYU is its final game of the regular season. The team travels to No. 22 Pepperdine for a game on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. PDT.
#4 BYU finishes regular season on the road
PROVO, Utah - The No. 4 BYU women's soccer team finishes the regular season this week with two games on the road at Loyola Marymount on Thursday at 3 p.m. PDT and at No. 22 Pepperdine on Saturday at 1 p.m. PDT.
The Cougars are unbeaten through their last 15 games, are currently in first place in the West Coast Conference standings and moved up in the NSCAA Division I rankings to #4 this week - the team's highest ranking ever.
BYU has taken double-digit shots in its last 17 games while out-scoring its opponents 44-10 on the year and its defense holding opponents to an average of just 7.7 shots per game.
Freshman Michele Murphy and senior Jessica Ringwood lead all players in the goal category with eight each. In the assist category, senior Carlee Payne Holmoe is leading with nine and in the shot category, Ringwood leads with 65.
BYU goalkeeper Erica Owens has tallied 1,591 minutes in front of the net this season while making 52 saves.
The Loyola Marymount Lions host BYU with a 9-7-2 overall record and 3-4 record through conference play.
The Lions lost their last two games on the road to Gonzaga and Portland, but were on a three-game winning streak before that.
Darien Pyka and Tawni Martino lead the team with four goals apiece while teammate Brianne Medved leads with 31 shots.
The No. 22 Pepperdine Waves host BYU with a 13-5 season record and 4-2 record through conference action. The Waves are third in the West Coast Conference standings, behind BYU and Portland.
The Waves have won seven of their last nine games. After each of Pepperdine’s five losses this season, the team has responded with a shutout victory and have outscored their opponents 14-0 in those shutout contests.
Amanda LeCave leads the Waves with 10 goals, followed by teammate Anisa Guajardo’s eight. Lynn Williams leads with 86 shots.
Pepperdine is out-shooting its opponents 282-227 this season and averaging 15.7 shots per game themselves.
How to Follow
Thursday's game at LMU can be followed through live stats and online audio. Links to both are available through the LMU soccer schedule page.
Saturday's game at Pepperdine can be followed through live stats and online video. Links to both are availabe through the Pepperdine soccer schedule page.
Both games can also be followed on the BYU women's soccer Twitter.