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Hatch chosen as breakout star in 2015 by DI coaches

Jul 10, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 10:12 am | Permalink

In a survey of Division I coaches done by TopDrawerSoccer.com’s J.R. Eskilson, Ashley Hatch was one of eight players to be chosen as a breakout star this season. 

The junior forward scored 18 goals and made six assists during her sophomore campaign where she was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Last year, she had a top five season in BYU history in goals, shots and points. Her five multiple goal games were the second most in a season in BYU history and her hat trick against Portland was the first at BYU in nine years. She was also top 10 nationally in goals and points per game and total goals.

Hatch was named one of the top 10 forwards in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com earlier this summer. To see the other results of the survey, read the whole story at TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Cutshall begins third season for NWSL's Sky Blue FC

Apr 20, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 12:58 pm | Updated: April 21, 2015 11:38 am | Permalink

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – In the third year of the National Women’s Soccer League and in her third year as a professional soccer player, former Cougar Lindsi Cutshall is moving into an important position on the backline for Sky Blue FC.

Cutshall has made the transition from the college game to the professional ranks over the past two seasons, going from playing in seven games and starting one to playing in 14 games and starting 11 while scoring three goals on five shots, including two game-winners. So far this year she has started both games as Sky Blue has a win and a draw.

She will be counted on even more this season as fellow defender Christie Rampone and teammate Kelly O’Hara will be leaving for the early and middle part of the season to prepare and play in the Women’s World Cup this summer. Sky Blue FC may be without up to six players who will be on their national team rosters this summer.

While that isn’t uncommon across the league, the threat of losing Sky Blue’s momentum dating back to last season could be a concern.

“We’ve come a long ways,” Cutshall said. “I think we’re definitely progressing in the right direction.”

Sky Blue FC finished the 2014 season on a four-match win streak and are currently on a six-match unbeaten streak dating back to last year. Sky Blue missed the playoffs by one point behind Chicago and Washington.

With her time in the league, Cutshall is now helping along teammates in getting accustomed to the professional game. Sky Blue defender Kristin Grubka, member of Florida State’s national champions last season, credits Cutshall with helping her in getting up to pace and handling the change in moving from college.

Cutshall and Sky Blue FC hope to return to the playoffs, which they qualified for during the 2013 season going 10-6-6. Their next game is Sunday, April 26 at 6 p.m. EDT against the Washington Spirit. Every NWSL game will be streamed on YouTube this season and nationally-televised matches will be announced at a later date.

Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Highlights

Sky Blue FC vs. FC Kansas City Highlights

Sky Blue FC 2015 Preview

Lindsi Cutshall re-signs with Sky Blue FC

Nov 17, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:43 am | Updated: November 17, 2014 11:44 am | Permalink

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Former Cougar Lindsi Cutshall re-signed with Sky Blue FC of the NWSL where she has played the last two seasons since being drafted fourth overall in January of 2013.

Cutshall started in 11 of the 14 games she played this season and scored three goals on just five shots from her central defender position. Cutshall played eight games her rookie season at Sky Blue FC when the team went 10-6-6 to make the playoffs. 

"All players take a full season to adjust to the level of play in the NWSL, and Lindsi has reached that point,” Sky Blue FC head coach and technical director Jim Gabarra said. “Our expectations are for her to have a breakout season in 2015.”

The NWSL season will begin in March and take a two-week break for the Women's World Cup in June.

Cutshall helped lead BYU to the Elite Eight in 2012 as she became the first MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist in BYU history. That year BYU went 20-2-2 and were unbeaten in 20 straight games before falling in the second overtime to North Carolina in the NCAA tournament. Cutshall scored three goals and made two assists in addition to playing the most minutes in a season by a Cougar in the past seven seasons.

For more information, read Sky Blue FC's release.

Six Cougars receive postseason awards from CollegeSportsMadness.com

Nov 10, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 9:51 am | Updated: December 1, 2014 3:14 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Sophomore forward Ashley Hatch was named to CollegeSportsMadness.com's All-America Second Team, while four other Cougars and head coach Jennifer Rockwood were honored on the website's All-Conference teams.

Hatch was one of four forwards on the All-America Second Team. She finished with 18 goals and six assists on the season and is currently tied for sixth in the nation in total goals and eighth in total points.

Rockwood was named Coach of the Year in the West Coast Conference by CollegeSportsMadness.com, while Hatch, sophomore midfielder Elena Medeiros and sophomore foward Michele Murphy each made the WCC First Team. Medeiros finished the season with five goals and seven assists and started every game, while Murphy started all but one and recorded six goals and six assists. 

Senior defender Annie Amos and senior forward Niki Fernandes were selected to the WCC Second Team. Amos played every second so far this season as the only returning starter on a defense that finished with 10 shutouts. Fernandes finished with five goals and seven assists after receiving a sixth year of eligibility.

CollegeSportsMadness.com All-America Teams

CollegeSportsMadness.com All-WCC Honors

Women's soccer alumni shining in local high school playoffs

Oct 22, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 3:58 pm | Permalink

When the Utah girl's soccer state championships in 4A and 5A take place on Saturday, both teams will have something in common. Each team has a head coach or an assistant coach that is a BYU women's soccer alum.

You can go support BYU alumni at the local high school championships during the day on Saturday and then that night come support the current BYU women's soccer team. The No. 17 Cougars will play their final WCC game at home hosting San Francisco at 7 p.m. At the beginning of the match, seniors Annie Amos, Niki Fernandes, Katherine Snyder and Jaiden Thornock will be honored. Junior Hilary Kaufusi will also be honored along with the seniors.

Entering this week's action, BYU is riding a nine-game winning streak and is on top of the WCC standings with a perfect 4-0 mark. The team hosts WCC foe Santa Clara on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Review: The Hat-ch Trick

Oct 15, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:49 am | Updated: October 15, 2014 11:54 am | Permalink

It's been one month since the Cougars lost, three weeks since Ashley Hatch hadn't scored, one week since an opponent put the ball in the net and a calendar year since BYU dropped a WCC game.

Ashley Hatch had a game to remember last Thursday against Portland. She scored the first BYU hat trick in nine years, which was also the 17th hat trick in program history. She earned several honors for her three goals and also her assist against Gonzaga. 

Hatch is:

ESPNW's Soccer Player of the Week

WCC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks and third time in her career

CollegeSportsMadness.com's WCC Player of the Week for the second time this year

CollegeSoccer360 Primetime Performer for the first time.

and No. 4 on Top Play Tuesday

Along with the team's eight-game regular season win streak and 10-game WCC win streak, the Cougars jumped four spots to 19th in the NSCAA coaches pollElena Medeiros scored her first goal at home this season and Michele Murphy added another goal against Gonzaga, while goalkeeper Katherine Snyder ran her shutout streak to two games on Saturday against Gonzaga.


BYUtv's Portland Game Recap


BYUtv's Gonzaga Game Recap

Last Week in Review

Sep 23, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:07 am | Updated: September 23, 2014 11:48 am | Permalink

Week in Review

Two wins, six goals, a College Goal of the Week candidate, two BYUtv Sports Nation visits and the first batch of RPI rankings all happened last week. Catch up on it below.

Initial NCAA RPI released with BYU at 49

Don't forget to vote for Madie Lyons' birthday goal for Top Drawer Soccer's College Goal of the Week, voting continues through Wednesday at 1 p.m.

BYU 4, Colorado College 0

Watch all four goals on TheW.tv replay.

Fernandes' brace helps BYU roll Colorado College KSL.com

BYU 2, Oregon 1

BYUtv postgame recap


BYU vs. Oregon Highlights

Lyons' birthday goal gives BYU 2-1 win over Oregon KSL.com

BYU uses birthday goal by Lyons to beat Oregon Daily Herald

BYU Sports Nation w/ Ashley Hatch

BYU Sports Nation w/ Niki Fernandes

Week 1 in Review

Aug 27, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:14 pm | Updated: August 27, 2014 2:23 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – The season finally kicked off last weekend, but the Cougars are still sitting on the fence waiting for either a first win or a first loss in their upcoming games against Tennessee and Baylor. BYU tied Washington State and Cal State Fullerton over the weekend and played an extra 40 minutes of soccer along the way. The two draws didn't do too much damage as BYU only slipped from 22nd to 23rd in this week's coaches' poll.

Last week also included a coach's show, Jaiden Thornock on Sports Nation along with BYUtv's first broadcast of the season. Check it all out below.

Head coach Jennifer Rockwood on 960 AM The Zone

NSCAA Rankings moves BYU to No. 23 from No. 22

BYU 0, Washington State 0 Highlight Video:


BYUtv Postgame Recap:

After two straight draws, undefeated BYU looks to match high projections KSL.com

BYU women settle for a draw Daily Herald

BYU ties with Washington State

Jaiden Thornock on BYU Sports Nation:

No. 22 Cougars tie Cal State Fullerton 1-1

BYUtv Season Preview:

IMG Soccer Coach's Show

Opponent Previews

Aug 19, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:24 pm | Updated: August 19, 2014 2:26 pm | Permalink

This season the BYU Cougars will play a loaded nonconference schedule before defending its consecutive West Coast Conference championships. The Cougars will face 14 teams who won half or more of their games last season and will play five teams who won either a share of a regular season title or a conference tournament title. Below are recaps of each team's performance last season and information on this year's team.

Clicking on the team's name will take you to its website, while clicking on the game time and date for home games will take you to the single game ticket page. If you are interested in season tickets, click here. If you are interested in a student ROC Pass, click here.


at Cal State Fullerton (8-7-7, 3-3-2)

Aug. 22, 7 p.m. PDT

The Titans won twice in penalty kicks in the Big West Tournament to make the NCAA tournament in 2013. They drew Stanford and fell 1-0 in the first round. Senior midfielder Chelsey Patterson made the Preseason Big West All-Conference Team. Patterson has started all but six games in her career. Cal State Fullerton traveled to Provo to open the season in Provo as they fell to the Cougars 3-1.


Washington State (14-3-4, 7-3-1) NSCAA #26, CollegeSportsMadness.com #24

Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m. MDT

A five-game winning streak helped move the Cougars into second place in the Pac-12 last season. Washington State lost to Illinois in penalty kicks in the first round of the NCAA tournament before USC hired away head coach Keidane McAlpine. The Cougars replaced him with UNC Greensboro head coach Steve Nugent. Washington State lost forward Micaela Castain who scored as many goals as the Cougars gave up all of last season – 11.


at Tennessee (8-7-4, 3-5-3) CSM #41

Aug. 29, 7 p.m. EDT

The Volunteers finished with their fourth consecutive winning season in 2013, but finished just outside the SEC tournament field and missed out on the NCAA tournament. Tennessee will pair senior goalkeeper Julie Eckel and senior forward and MAC Hermann Trophy nominee Hannah Wilkinson with 14 new players including transfers from Miami and Florida State to try to get back to the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years. Carlyn Baldwin will play for the U.S. in the U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada prior to the season. 


Baylor (11-6-3, 3-4-1) CSM #28

Labor Day, Sept. 1, 1 p.m. MDT

Despite a six-game winless streak in the middle of their conference season, the Bears recovered to make it to the Big 12 semifinals, but missed out on an NCAA tournament bid a year after making it to the Sweet 16. Baylor shut out opponents in 13 of its 20 games last season and return senior goalkeeper Michelle Kloss along with leading goal scorer and assist maker Bri Campos. The Bear's only non-conference loss in 2013 came at home against BYU 2-1.


at Utah (10-5-6, 6-3-2) CSM #42

Sept. 5, 5 p.m. MDT

The Utes won on the final day of Pac-12 play to finish in third place, which earned them a date at SEC champion Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Utes held national champion UCLA to a 1-1 draw in Salt Lake last season and return nine starters for this season. Ashley Hatch's penalty kick gave the Cougars a 1-0 victory over Utah last season in Provo.


LSU (9-9-2, 5-5-1) NSCAA #35

Sept. 11, 6 p.m. MDT

The Tigers went unbeaten in their first six SEC matches last year, before finishing winless in their final six. LSU has signed four international players the past two seasons and have players from New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and England on the roster. The Tigers will have four players who will participate in the U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada prior to the season. Left back Megan Lee and goalkeeper Lily Alfeld play for New Zealand, while Emma Fletcher and Jordane Carvery play for Canada. The Cougars traveled to LSU and scored the final three goals to come away with a 4-2 victory on Labor Day in 2013. 


Long Beach State (8-7-3, 2-3-3)

Sept. 13, 7 p.m. MDT

The 49ers lost on the final day of the season to miss out on the Big West Conference tournament. They finished with a winning record after playing three major conference teams and going 3-1 against WCC opponents, including a 1-0 home victory over BYU in September. This season, senior defender Taylor Nelson and sophomore midfielder Mimi Rangel were selected to the Preseason Big West All-Conference Team. Rangel was the conference's Freshman of the Year last season.


Oregon (4-12-3, 2-8-1)

Sept. 18, 7 p.m. MDT

The Ducks brought up the rear in the Pac-12 last season, but played much better at home than on the road. Oregon also only graduated three seniors and return every goal scorer and all but one assist. Goalkeeper Abby Steele allowed just over one goal a game and recorded five shutouts, despite the team only winning four games. Oregon was picked to finish ahead of Oregon State by the Pac-12 coaches this season.


Colorado College (15-4-3, 8-1-1) CSM #43

Sept. 20, TBA

The Tigers made the NCAA tournament for the 11th time in program history last season out of C-USA and took Duke to a shootout before losing. Colorado College makes the move to the Mountain West Conference for the 2014 season. The Tigers return a bulk of their offense, but three defenders and its goalkeeper graduated which could make for some high-scoring affairs early on. Midfielder Jessie Ayers is a MAC Hermann Trophy nominee for the second straight season after scoring 13 goals and recording 27 points. She also trained with the U-23 U.S. National Team this past June.


at Denver (18-2-1, 7-0-0) NSCAA #25, CSM #27

Sept. 25, 7 p.m. MDT

In its first season in the Summit League, Denver ran through the competition, only allowing a goal against North Dakota State and averaging almost four goals per game. The Pioneers played a tough nonconference schedule, losing on the road to Big Ten champion Nebraska, but defeating BYU in Provo 1-0. The Pioneers lost eight seniors including players who scored half the team's goals from last season.


at SMU (9-9-1, 3-5-1)

Sept. 27, TBA

The Mustangs made it to the quarterfinals in the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament, but were never able to piece together more than two wins at a time in 2013. SMU will have 10 upperclassmen returning in addition to three sophomores who played in almost every game last season.


at San Diego (12-8-0, 5-4-0)

Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. PDT

The Toreros finished tied for fourth with Pepperdine in the WCC last season. They did manage a positive goal differential. Every team San Diego faced that made the NCAA tournament last season the Toreros faced on the road, meaning this year they should have a much better chance at home against the three defending conference champs BYU, Santa Clara and Portland as well as their nonconference opponents.


Portland (17-3-1, 8-1-0) NSCAA #11, CSM #16

Oct. 9, 6 p.m. MDT

The Pilots split the WCC crown with BYU and Santa Clara as the three teams couldn't separate themselves. Portland lost to Illinois 4-3 in overtime in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Pilots lost Amanda Frisbie and Ellen Parker to the NWSL along with goalkeeper Erin Dees and forward Micaela Capelle to graduation. Those four accounted for 7.5 shutouts, 24 goals and 12 assists, as well as 13 game-winning goals. 


Gonzaga (7-11-1, 3-6-0)

Oct. 11, 7 p.m. MDT

The Bulldogs only lost two seniors from the 2013 season and this year can field a team entirely of upperclassmen if coach Amy Edwards wanted to. The two leading scorers and three assist leaders all return for 2014 along with goalkeeper Christie Tombari. The Cougars escaped Spokane with a 1-0 victory after a first half goal from Marissa Nimmer in 2013.


at LMU (3-16-1, 0-8-1)

Oct. 18, 7 p.m. PDT

After a three-game winning streak in late August and early September, the Lions didn't win again for the rest of the season. LMU head coach Michelle Myers brought in 14 new players, including two transfers, to turn the ship around. The Cougars won 2-0 in Provo last year.


Santa Clara (16-4-2, 8-1-0) NSCAA #10, CSM #9

Oct. 23, 7 p.m. MDT

The Broncos couldn't win on the road at Portland for the outright conference title and split it three ways. Santa Clara did make it the furthest in the NCAA tournament, reaching the third round before losing in overtime to Virginia Tech. The Broncos lost eight seniors including two All-Americans, but Sofia Huerta will try to keep the Santa Clara attack from falling behind its pace from a season ago. Huerta is a MAC Hermann Trophy nominee after scoring 16 goals and 40 points a season ago.


San Francisco (6-10-4, 1-6-2)

Oct. 25, 7 p.m. MDT

The Dons had a winning record at home last season, but could only find one win on the road. San Francisco has added seven players including a transfer from Washington in hopes of having more success away from home. BYU beat the Dons 2-0 last season as head coach Jennifer Rockwood won her 300th game.


at Saint Mary's (6-14-0, 2-7-0)

Oct. 30, 3 p.m. PDT

The Gaels lost leading scorer Briana Campos and have added eight freshmen including Juliana Los from New Zealand and sister of SMC basketball player Steve Holt, Ilyssa Holt. BYU won 6-1 over Saint Mary's on Senior Day in Provo last season.


at Pacific (4-12-3, 3-5-1)

Nov. 1, 7 p.m. MDT

In its first season in the WCC, Pacific finished in sixth place as the Tigers won three games in conference play after only winning one during its nonconference schedule. Pacific lost its top three scorers, but sophomore forward Alex Hussar returns to lead the offense. After Pacific scored first, BYU won 3-1 in Provo last year.


at Pepperdine (10-7-2, 5-4-0) 

Nov. 8, 1 p.m. PST

The Waves tied for fourth with San Diego a year after making the NCAA tournament. The Waves have quite the schedule this season as they host North Carolina in August and face defending national champion UCLA in Hawaii the first week of September. The Waves were held scoreless as BYU won 1-0 in Provo last season. Pepperdine's Taylor Alvarado played for Mexico in the U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. Lynn Williams is a MAC Hermann Trophy nominee after scoring 11 goals a year ago.

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