Women's Soccer Blog

Freshman Quick Kicks: Rachel Bingham

Jul 23, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:24 pm | Updated: July 23, 2014 3:28 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Rachel Bingham has been enjoying her month worth of summer camps leading up to the start of her first fall camp with BYU women's soccer in August.

"I've been coming here since I was little," Bingham said. "So it's weird and cool to be demonstrating in front of the little kids. I looked up to the coaches and thought they were awesome, so it's cool to be one of them now."

Bingham is one of a group of Sparta United players whose team won seven Utah State Cup titles in their youth career who have arrived in Provo to play for the Cougars. She played her high school soccer at Maple Mountain High School and participated in the 2013 NSCAA Girls' High School All-American game for the West squad.

Bingham was named first team All-State in 2010, 2012 and 2013 by the Salt Lake Tribune and was UHSAA Region 8 MVP in 2012 as she captained Maple Mountain her junior and senior seasons.

Along with camps, she has been able to play with her new teammates for the first time.

"It's helped a lot with the speed of play," Bingham said. "Coming into it, the speed of play is the biggest thing that's the difference."

As for having played with five of her teammates already on her club team, "it's awesome. It's nice knowing people on the team."

Fall camp starts on August 4, the first scrimmage is the Blue/White game on Aug. 13 and the season opener is Aug. 22 at Cal State Fullerton.

Watch what head coach Jennifer Rockwood had to say about Bingham and the other recruits on Signing Day in the video below:

Rockwood ranked 14th out of NCAA coaches

Jul 14, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 10:59 am | Updated: July 14, 2014 11:02 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – BYU women's soccer head coach Jennifer Rockwood was ranked the 14th best coach over the past five seasons by AllWhiteKit.com in its 2014 CoachRank, which was released today. 

The ranking takes into account conference performance, NCAA tournament performance, and is adjusted by the conference's performance. The ranking only includes the past five seasons from 2009 onward.

The West Coast Conference has three coaches in the top 25 with Garrett Smith at Portland, Rockwood and Jerry Smith at Santa Clara coming in at 8th, 14th and 19th, respectively. Rockwood was ranked behind four ACC, two SEC, one Pac-12 and one Big 12 coach.

In-state coaches included Utah State's Heather Cairns at 28, UVU's Brent Anderson at 34, Weber State's Tim Crompton at 100 and Utah's Rich Manning at 106.

Rockwood is a 308-89-32 in her career at BYU and over the past five years has led the Cougars to the Elite 8 in 2012 and the NCAA tournament in four of five seasons. The Cougars have won three regular season conference titles (2 WCC, 1 Mountain West Conference) and one MWC tournament championship since 2009 as well.

For a complete list of coaches, click here.

For an FAQ on the rankings, click here.

Cougars on Good Day Utah

Jul 07, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:50 am | Updated: July 7, 2014 11:55 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood along with Jaiden Thornock, Niki Fernandes, Katherine Snyder, Marissa Nimmer and Hilary Smith Kaufusi were part of Fox 13's Good Day Utah and Big Budah's visit to the East Bay Golf Course on Monday morning.

The players and coach helped Big Budah participate in the Ice Challenge as part of the Aloha Golf Classic to raise awareness about breast cancer. The Aloha Golf Classic will take place on Saturday, July 12 at East Bay Golf Course.

Watch the video below and check out the Aloha Golf Classic here.

BYU signee competes in European Championship qualifying

Apr 10, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:45 am | Updated: April 10, 2014 12:41 pm | Permalink

BYU signee Nadia Gomes played with the Portugal U19 team in the Elite Round of UEFA European Championship qualifying this week. Gomes scored a goal for Portugal in three games playing a total of 180 minutes. Portugal failed to advance to the European Championships later this summer after finishing third behind Spain and Switzerland in its group.

On Thursday against Belarus, Gomes took three shots, two on goal, before being subbed in the 61st minute. Portugal won 10-0 thanks to an early red card on Belarus.

Against Switzerland, Gomes came on as a sub in the 54th minute and netted Portugal's first goal of the elite round in the 81st minute. She added another shot in the second minute of stoppage time, but couldn't equalize as Portugal fell 2-1.

In the opening game of group play, Gomes started and played the full 90 minutes against Spain, but couldn't help put Portugal on the scoreboard in a 2-0 loss.

Portugal advanced to the Elite Round of qualifying after finishing second in its group last September. Gomes played in all three games then and scored a goal.

Gomes played for 2013 UHSAA State champion Brighton High School and was named 5A MVP by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune. She plays her club soccer for Murray Max SC.

Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood talk about Gomes and the rest of the 2014 class in this video and read the signing day bios here

Digital Season Review

Dec 21, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 7:06 pm | Updated: January 2, 2014 12:06 pm | Permalink

Here's a roundup of media's video and audio of this past season in one place.

Below are all the internet video and audio from the past season for BYU women's soccer. Thanks to BYU Athletic Communications, BYUtv, BYU Sports Nation, the West Coast Conference, NCAA.com and the NSCAA for hosting their media online. For full broadcasts of the 10 home games this season which were on BYUtv, check out the Filmroom at BYUtv Sports.

The content is in reverse chronological order, so if you'd like start at the beginning of the season scroll to the bottom and start there, if not start here with the season highlights.

 

Season Highlights

BYUtv's Top 10 Plays

 

BYU Sports Nation Interview with coach Rockwood at 49:45. Listen here.
 

TrueBlue Interview before NCAA Second Round

NSCAA Weekly College Highlights and Rankings Show Nov. 19

Jaiden Thornock's goal on WCC's Top Plays

NCAA First Round NCAA Highlights

BYU Sports Nation Interview with Rachel Manning at 47:15. Listen here.
 

NCAA All-Access with Cloee Colohan Episode 5: NCAA tournament

Niki Fernandes' goal on WCC's Top Plays

NCAA tournament selection reactions

Rockwood reflects on 300 wins

Saint Mary's Highlights

Pacific Highlights

BYUtv Postgame Recap Pacific

BYU Sports Nation Interview with Erica Owens at 47:35. Listen here.
 

San Diego Highlights

BYUtv Postgame Recap San Diego

BYU Sports Nation Interview with Paige Hunt at 48:38. Listen here.
 

NCAA All-Access with Cloee Colohan Episode 4: Portland

BYUtv Ashley Hatch Story

Ella Johnson's goal on WCC's Top Plays

Loyola Marymount Highlights

BYUtv Postgame Recap LMU

Pepperdine Highlights

BYUtv Postgame Recap Pepperdine

BYU Sports Nation Interview with Niki Fernandes at 48:05. Listen here.


Inside the WCC includes coach Rockwood's 300th

NCAA All-Access with Cloee Colohan Episode 3: Rockwood's 300th

BYU Sports Nation Interview with coach Rockwood at 44:20. Listen here.
 

BYUtv Sports Nation Interview with coach Rockwood at 47:20. Listen here.
 

Oklahoma Highlights

BYUtv Postgame Recap Oklahoma

Rachel Manning on TrueBlue

UC Irvine Highlights

BYUtv Postgame Recap UC Irvine

Ashley Hatch's goal on WCC Top Plays

Utah Highlights

BYUtv Postgame Recap Utah

NCAA All-Access with Cloee Colohan Episode 2: Utah

100th South Field Shutout

Inside the WCC 100th shutout and win over Nebraska

BYU Sports Nation Interview with coach Rockwood at 47:00. Listen here.

Nebraska Highlights

Cal State Fullerton Highlights

NCAA All-Access with Cloee Colohan Episode 1: Make A Wish

Haiti Highlights

Blue and White Highlights

TrueBlue Season Preview

WCC Women's Soccer Hangout

Meet the Freshmen:
Brittain Dearden

Elena Medeiros

Kayci Griffin

Avery Calton

Ashley Hatch

Ella Johnson

Hannah Clark
 

Cougars receive NSCAA Team Academic Award

Nov 21, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:31 am | Permalink

BYU women's soccer received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for having a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Cougars are one of 593 women's soccer teams in all divisions to receive the award.

Since the start of the season, BYU had 10 players named to the West Coast Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll and five players receive WCC All-Academic honors, including goalkeeper Erica Owens being named to the WCC All-Academic team for the second straight year. The Cougars have also been nationally ranked every week this season on their way to a second consecutive WCC championship.

Check out the NSCAA Team Academic Award announcement.

Thornock's goal makes it on WCC's Top Plays

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 2:54 pm | Updated: November 20, 2013 2:58 pm | Permalink

Another week and another goal making it to No. 2 on the West Coast Conference's top play countdown. This time it's Jaiden Thornock's goal which made it 2-0 against Weber State. The goal helped BYU advance to face Colorado in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. MT.

Our Corner of the Bracket

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:34 am | Updated: November 20, 2013 10:48 am | Permalink

Now that BYU women's soccer has made it to Tallahassee, Fla., for the second and hopefully third rounds of the NCAA tournament, let's take a look at how the rest of our region is looking.

At the other host site in Lincoln, Neb., the No. 2 seed Huskers are playing Boston College in their second round matchup on Friday. Nebraska won both the Big Ten regular season title and the conference tournament. Boston College finished sixth in the ACC behind the four No. 1 seeds and Notre Dame. ACC teams haven't lost yet in the tournament.

After beating Seattle 2-0 on Saturday, No. 3 seed Portland faces Illinois Friday in the other game in Lincoln. The Illini needed penalty kicks to beat Washington State in the first round. The field was more mud than grass, but Illinois won despite being outshot 29-10. In the regular season, Illinois tied for fifth in the Big Ten and was one of eight teams the Big Ten got in the tournament. In the first round, those teams went 5-3.

Here in Tallahassee, Florida State plays Ole Miss on Thursday at 5 p.m. MT. The Seminoles are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and have a 32-game unbeaten streak on their home field. Ole Miss finished fourth in the SEC, which had six teams make the tournament. All six won in the first round.

The Cougars face Colorado in the other Tallahassee game on Thursday at 2:30 MT. Colorado finished sixth in the Pac 12 and was one of six teams from the conference who made the tournament. Pac 12 teams went 3-3 in the first round. The Buffaloes are led by senior Anne Stuller, who totaled nine goals and seven assists, and freshman forward Brie Hooks with eight goals and two assists of her own.

NCAA All-Access and Tournament Previews

Nov 15, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:42 am | Updated: November 15, 2013 1:33 pm | Permalink

Cloee Colohan returns with another segment of All-Access. This time taking you inside the team finding out its NCAA opponent and region. Check out the video here.

Senior Niki Fernandes transferred from San Diego State to BYU and is ready to help the Cougars make another deep run in the NCAA tournament, read that story here.

Allwhitekit.com previews the BYU-Weber State game, here, while Collegesportsmadness.com previews BYU's draw in the tournament which also features No. 4 seed Denver and No. 1 seed Florida State, here.

Fernandes' goal makes it to No. 2 on WCC Top Plays

Nov 12, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:43 pm | Permalink

Senior forward Niki Fernandes' goal against Saint Mary's made the rundown of top plays from the past week in the West Coast Conference. The corner kick from Marissa Nimmer was headed back to Fernandes by Ashley Hatch before being headed into the back of the net. Check it out at No. 2 in the video below.