wcraft | Posted: 17 Aug 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Thrilling season opener is a 3-2 win for BYU

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IRVINE, Calif. - The BYU women's soccer team began its 2012 season in dramatic fashion, Friday, with a 3-2 overtime victory on the road against UC Irvine. 

Sophomore Jaiden Thornock got the golden goal in the 98th minute for the BYU victory. Thornock tallied one goal, one assist and one shot in the game.

Since 2007 the Cougars have started the season away from Provo going 5-0-1 in those years, including three overtimes where the team went 2-0-1. The three goals scored against the Anteaters are the most scored in a season opener since 2005. 

The Cougars started the game off with back-to-back shots from seniors Carlee Payne Holmoe and Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall but it was junior Niki Fernandes who got BYU on the board first. A pass into the box from teammate Jaiden Thornock set Fernandes up perfectly to sneak the ball past the UC Irvine goalie and put BYU up 1-0 in the 29th minute. 

The Anteaters got their first shot of the game, on goal, in the 31st minute, but BYU goalkeeper Erica Owens came up with a big save to keep the Cougars in the lead. Owens finished the game with four saves.

Freshman Michelle Murphy put the Cougars up 2-0 with her first career goal in the 53rd minute off an assist from defender Dana Oldroyd. Murphy finished the game with two shots. 

UC Irvine's Rachel Wood squandered BYU's shutout hopes with a penalty-kick goal in the 72nd minute after a handball foul was called and her Anteater teammate Jordan Utvich tied up the game 2-2 with a goal in the last minute of regulation time. 

BYU continues soccer action on the road next week with two matches against Pac-12 foes. The team is at Arizona on Aug. 23 and at instate rival Utah on Aug.25.

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