Women's Soccer Blog

Preseason Week In Review

Aug 18, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:01 am | Updated: August 18, 2014 11:05 am | Permalink

No. 22 BYU women's soccer played an intrasquad scrimmage and a game against alumni this past week, as well as holding an open practice in between. The White squad beat the Blue squad 1-0 on Wednesday night before an open practice on Thursday. On Saturday, the current Cougars beat a team of former Cougars 7-2 behind two goal performances from Elena Medeiros and Ashley Hatch. All that plus, BYU Sports Nation and Greg Wrubell's Ice Bucket Challenge below.

This week BYU opens the season at Cal State Fullerton Friday and against Washington State on Monday at South Field at 5:30 p.m. As always, follow @byusoccer_w on twitter and check out the team on Facebook

Cougars beat alumni 7-2

BYUtv Postgame Recap Alumni Match

 

Listen to the Cougar IMG Sports Network Alumni Game Broadcast

Medeiros scores for 1-0 White victory

BYU kicks things off with Blue/White game Provo Daily Herald

BYU opens season searching for goalkeeper Salt Lake Tribune

BYU Sports Nation w/ Jennifer Rockwood

 

Greg Wrubell Ice Bucket Challenge

2014 Freshmen Videos and Articles Roundup

Aug 18, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 9:30 am | Updated: August 18, 2014 9:40 am | Permalink

Each Meet the Freshmen video is embedded below. Click on the player's name to read more about them or follow the link to their Quick Kicks post.

Alyssa Jefferson – Quick Kicks

 

Stephanie Ringwood – Quick Kicks

 

Shaylyn Orr – Quick Kicks

 

Rachel Bingham – Quick Kicks

 

Nadia Gomes – Quick Kicks

 

Madie Lyons – Quick Kicks

 

Elisabeth Phillips – Quick Kicks

 

Carla Swensen – Quick Kicks

Freshman Quick Kicks: Carla Swensen

Aug 07, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:36 pm | Updated: August 7, 2014 3:37 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Freshman Carla Swensen had a different senior year than most high school seniors as she competed with the Colombian U-20 team last fall and winter. 

"Living in another country in itself is a big culture change," Swensen said. "Then being under the pressure of making the national team, obviously, it's a super high level of competitiveness. It was a sacrifice for me, missing my senior year and everything that's supposed to happen in a senior year, but for me it was one of the most amazing things to represent Colombia and play soccer at such a high level."

Colombia finished just behind Brazil and Paraguay who qualified for this month's U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. 

Her experience also made her want to play at BYU even more.

"A lot of the players on the Colombian team play in college here in the states," Swensen said. "I saw the way that they played and I was like 'Hey I can compete with them and I am playing well with them' and it made me more excited to come to BYU."

Swensen was an All-State Second Team and All-Region First Team selection in her junior year and is also a two-time 5A state debate champion. 

Her summer wasn't quite as interesting, but she's glad it's finally over with.

"It's been a lot of fun," Swensen said. "I've been waiting to play for the Cougars for so long."

The first scrimmage of the season is the Blue/White game on Aug. 13 and the home opener is Aug. 25 against Washington State.

Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood discuss Ringwood and the other freshmen in the video below.

Freshman Quick Kicks: Stephanie Ringwood

Aug 07, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 10:00 am | Updated: August 7, 2014 10:02 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Stephanie Ringwood comes to BYU with a slightly different set of expectations. Her sister, Jessica, scored 20 goals and made 12 assists for the Cougars between 2009 and 2012. Of course that also means Stephanie is a little better prepared when it comes to being familiar with the program.

"I've talked to her about it and she's given me a few tips," Ringwood said. "We mostly just talk about what to look out for and how to really enjoy it and make the best out of the experience."

Ringwood won two state championships at Brighton in 2010 and 2013. She was a two-time Salt Lake Tribune First Team All-State selection and was part of the seven-time Utah State Cup Sparta United club team.

Getting started with the season is a bit of a relief now that the wait is over.

"I'm really excited," Ringwood said. "I've wanted to do this since I was really little, so it has always been my dream."

The first scrimmage of the season is the Blue/White game on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. and the home opener is Aug. 25 against Washington State at 5:30 p.m.

Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood discuss Ringwood and the other freshmen in the video below.

Freshman Quick Kicks: Elisabeth Phillips

Aug 06, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:58 pm | Updated: August 6, 2014 4:01 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Elisabeth "Bizzy" Phillips is thrilled to bring high school and club teammates with her for her first season at BYU, but she's most excited about playing with Michele Murphy again.

They played together at Alta three seasons ago and now will get to reunite on the pitch. 

"I'm really excited to be wearing a BYU jersey – finally – after dreaming about it for so many years," Phillips said. "I'm excited to play with Murph again because we played in high school together and we're best friends too, so I'm so excited we're finally back on the same field again. 

The summer made it a long wait, but camps helped the time pass.

"It was exhausting in the best way possible," Phillips said. "It was fun because we finally got to teach the girls and it was less stressful."

Phillips is a two-time High School All-American and two-time Gatorade Utah Player of the Year. In addition to being a three-time First Team All-State selection, she was a 2013 UHSAA Academic All-State selection. She left Alta as the career assists leader with 60. 

The first scrimmage is the Blue/White game on Aug. 13 and the home opener is Aug. 25 against Washington State, but that can't come soon enough for Phillips.

"Finally playing with the team is a dream come true," Phillips said. "Playing with Brigham Young on my chest – I'm so excited for that."

Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood discuss Phillips and the other freshmen in the video below.

Freshman Quick Kicks: Shaylyn Orr

Aug 06, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 10:48 am | Updated: August 6, 2014 10:50 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Shaylyn Orr has been waiting to play soccer longer than most of the other freshmen in this year's class due to an injury this summer. Today is the first day of practice and it couldn't have come soon enough.

"(Playing for BYU) is my dream," Orr said. "I can't wait to do it. I'm going to do everything I can."

Orr is one of three freshmen who played at Alta High School. She was also state champion in 2011 and runner-up in 2012. Orr also won a basketball state championship in 2011 for Alta. She was part of the Sparta United run of seven Utah State Cup championships.

While she didn't get to play much soccer this summer she did get to coach at the summer camps.

"It's cool being on the other side of it," Orr said. "It's fun to get to show everyone what you know and to interact and get to know lots of little kids who can possibly be our fans in the future."

She also learned she makes a pretty good coach.

"Being coached all those years, it's weird what you remember and what sticks with you," Orr said. "It's a lot easier than I thought it'd be."

The first scrimmage for the Cougars is the Blue/White game on Aug. 13 and the season opener is Aug. 22 at Cal State Fullerton. Orr can't wait to finally make it onto South Field.

"Being on South Field, that's hopefully going to be my sanctuary," Orr said. "I've been watching games there since I was a little girl, so I can't wait to be the player on the field."

Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood talk about Orr and all the other freshmen in the video below.

Freshman Quick Kicks: Madie Lyons

Aug 01, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:00 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – The Cougars are just a few days away from starting camp and freshman Madie Lyons can't wait.

"I'm so excited," Lyons said. "I'm so ready for the coaches to give me feedback so I can learn from them."

Lyons is a forward who is one of three freshmen who played for Alta High School. She was a three-year starter in high school, won a state championship in 2011 and finished her senior year as a runner-up in 2012. Lyons was twice named First Team All-State and First Team All-Region.

She was also part of the seven-time Utah State Cup champion Sparta United club team.

Lyons spent her summer coaching at summer camps and she was happy to be dishing out advice when it came to soccer.

"It's been a blast," Lyons said. "I like being a camper too, but I like being a coach better. Sharing my talents with kids and teaching them what I've learned is really fun too."

With classes a month away and getting to be around campus without a full batch of students, there's some time for getting used to Provo and BYU's campus.

"I've come to camps before, so I'm familiar with campus," Lyons said. "I'm expanding that, going to lunch and hanging out with the girls. I definitely learn a lot about campus. Everyone's so nice and the environment is great."

Lyons said she's happy to be here and lucky to have this opportunity ahead of her. Fall camp starts on Monday, Aug. 4, the first scrimmage is the Blue/White game on Wednesday, Aug. 13 and the season opener is Friday, Aug. 22 at Cal State Fullerton.

Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood discuss Lyons and all the other freshmen in the video below.

Freshman Quick Kicks: Nadia Gomes

Jul 30, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 12:01 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Two months ago, Nadia Gomes was playing soccer in Portugal trying to help the Portuguese U-19 team qualify for the European U-19 Championships.

Gomes was a 5A state champion with Brighton High School and was the 5A girls soccer MVP for both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune. She played her club soccer with Murray Max where she was team captain, but even though she played a state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium, her experience in Europe included plenty of larger stadiums and challenging experiences on the field she hadn't been through before.

"It was a cool experience," Gomes said. "I really liked it."

Gomes played in two qualifying tournaments for the UEFA U-19 European Championships over the past year. Her Portugal team won its group in the first round of qualifying defeating Russia, Macedonia and Belarus, but fell short in the final round of qualifying coming in third in the group behind Spain and Switzerland. Gomes scored two goals in six games, starting in four. Group winner Spain lost to the Netherlands 1-0 this past Sunday in the title game. 

Her international experience is something few BYU recruits have on their resumes when they arrive in Provo, but she has already helped some players with her goal-scoring skills in camps this summer.

"I like to give advice to the girls so they can get better," Gomes said.

Gomes and the Cougars start fall camp on Aug. 4. The first scrimmage is the Blue/White game on Aug. 13 and the season opener is Aug. 22 at Cal State Fullerton.

Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood talk about Gomes and the other incoming freshmen in the video below.

Freshman Quick Kicks: Alyssa Jefferson

Jul 28, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:35 am | Updated: July 28, 2014 11:39 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – BYU freshman Alyssa Jefferson had a much less stressful summer this year thanks to getting to be an instructor at summer camps instead of being a camper trying to earn a spot on the Cougars roster.

"It's a lot less stressful now," Jefferson said. "It's more fun to be part of the team instead of trying so hard to be on it and annoying the girls."

Jefferson signed to play with BYU last February and has been getting used to how the Cougars play defense this summer.

"It's hard," Jefferson said. "It's a lot more different than club. In club, it's more standoffish and waiting on them. In this, you're on them the whole time."

Jefferson is another member of the seven-time Utah State Cup champion Sparta United club team and played at Jordan High School. She was a three-time All-Region selection and is healthy to start her freshman year at BYU. The other incoming freshmen help her feel comfortable since they are familiar faces.

"It's a blast," Jefferson said. "Even the other two we've played against for so long. It's been fun and it's a good start to know each other so closely, because then you feel comfortable giving them instructions and talking to them."

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

Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood talk about Jefferson and all the other recruits in the video below.

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: