Women's Soccer Blog | October 2013

Hunt and Owens receive weekly awards after Portland and Gonzaga wins

Oct 30, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 12:59 pm | Updated: October 30, 2013 1:11 pm | Permalink

Sophomore defender Paige Hunt and senior goalkeeper Erica Owens were given weekly awards by two different websites this week after the No. 20 BYU women's soccer team defeated Gonzaga and then-No. 6 Portland 1-0 last week.

Hunt was named a Primetime Performer by collegesoccer360.com for her defensive effort and her assist on the game winning goal against Portland.

Owens was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week by collegesportsmadness.com for recording two shutouts last week.

As a defense, the Cougars have recorded four straight shutouts and have eight this season. They take on San Diego on Friday at 7 p.m. at South Field. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv.

Ella Johnson's goal makes WCC Top Plays

Oct 22, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 5:37 pm | Permalink

Freshman defender Ella Johnson's second goal of the seasson came on a header off a Marissa Nimmer corner kick in BYU's 2-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. It came in at No. 5 on the West Coast Conference's Top Plays from the past week.

NCAA All-Access with Cloee: Rockwood's 300th win

Oct 22, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:59 am | Permalink

Check out NCAA.com All-Access with Cloee Colohan as the players and administration talk about BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood's 300th win.

Inside the WCC honors coach Rockwood's 300th victory

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:02 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood was part of Inside the WCC this week thanks to her 300th career victory last Thursday against San Francisco. Watch the video below.

Several Cougars make top 100 ranking

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:59 pm | Permalink

TopDrawerSoccer.com put out its top 100 player rankings on Thursday and four players made the list. The top 100 players include senior midfielder Cloee Colohan at No. 55 and senior goalkeeper Erica Owens at No. 89. On the freshmen top 100, forward Ashley Hatch came in at No. 82 and defender Ella Johnson came in at No. 93. In the conference rankings, Colohan was ranked the fifth best player in the West Coast Conference. Owens was 10th in the conference but was the best goalkeeper. 

West Coast Conference Primer

Oct 07, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 3:24 pm | Updated: October 7, 2013 3:27 pm | Permalink

With West Coast Conference play beginning this week for the Cougars, here's an update of how the other conference members did in their nonconference schedules and what BYU will have to go through to defend last year's championship. Records are nonconference only and don't include the early slate of conference games from the weekend.

No. 10 Portland (8-1-1, RPI: 31) finished off its nonconference schedule by winning its final six games. The Pilots beat Marquette, tied No. 2 Stanford and lost to No. 13 Wake Forest in September before starting their current streak. They also downed Pacific in their conference opener on Saturday. Portland leads the season in goals and scoring.

San Diego (7-4-0, RPI: 80) enters West Coast Conference play with a winning record thanks to four home wins. They lost to several major conference teams, but also beat Missouri and Kansas and took down two Big West opponents in Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State. The Toreros lead the conference in assists so far this season.

No. 17 Santa Clara (6-3-1, RPI: 16) played some of the toughest teams in the nation in their nonconference schedule. The Broncos lost to No. 6 North Carolina, No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 Stanford, but tied No. 11 Cal. They also beat ACC opponent Maryland.

No. 22 BYU (6-3-1, RPI: 23)

Pepperdine (5-3-2, RPI: 41) tied No. 11 Cal and beat Texas A&M, but lost to No. 21 Michigan and No. 3 UCLA. They finished their nonconference schedule with a tie against Cal State Fullerton. Forward Lynn Williams leads the conference in every scoring stat, except for assists and assist per game where she is second.

San Francisco (5-4-2, RPI: 133) ended their nonconference schedule with three straight losses and haven't won in five straight games after losing to Saint Mary's in their conference opener Saturday. The Dons do have the lowest GAA in the West Coast Conference, but only average .67 goals scored per game.

Gonzaga (4-5-1, RPI: 212) has put together a two-game winning streak and a three-game losing streak in its nonconference schedule, but hasn't been consistent in getting results.

Saint Mary's (4-7-0, RPI: 117) hasn't earned any points away from home, but has played some tough competition. San Diego State, Denver, Marquette, Stanford and Cal all hosted the Gaels. They have won two straight including their conference opener over San Francisco.

LMU (3-8-0, RPI: 186) is currently on a seven-game losing streak entering conference play and have yet to earn any points on the road. The Lions did win three games in a row against Northeastern, Montana and UC Santa Barbara at the end of August, but haven't won since.

Pacific's (1-7-2, RPI: 298) only win came against New Mexico on Sept. 15. The Tigers have lost four straight since then including a 1-0 loss to Portland in their WCC opener.