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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:

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