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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.

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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

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.