MALIBU, Calif. - The 2012 West Coast Conference champion No. 4 BYU women's soccer team recorded its 10th shutout victory of the year in a 2-0 win over No. 22 Pepperdine on the road, Saturday. The Cougars finish the regular season 18-1-1, 7-0-1.
Cloee Colohan led all players with a career-high six shots and one goal against the Waves. BYU also had five other players credited with at least one shot on the day, and senior Carlee Payne Holmoe was the other goal scorer for the Cougars in the win.
Both teams took turns with goal opportunities through most of the first half.
With 35 minutes until halftime, BYU senior Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall had a great opportunity off a free kick from about 40 yards out. Pepperdine goalkeeper Roxanne Barker had to jump and punch the ball over the top of the crossbar. The Cougars had a 6-4 shot advantage heading into the locker room after the first 45 minutes.
Shortly after returning from halftime, BYU's Colohan took a free kick from about 25 yards that found its way into the back of the net. The goal is Colohan's fifth of the season.
The Cougars kept up the pressure and were rewarded again with six minutes left in the game on a goal from Holmoe, her sixth of the season. Kayla Varner was credited with the assist after getting the ball centered into Holmoe, through traffic.
BYU took five more shots in the second half while allowing Pepperdine just one.
The Cougars now wait to hear what their postseason opportunities will be. The women's soccer NCAA selection show will be streamed live on NCAA.com at 4:30 p.m. EDT this coming Monday.
#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.