Women's Soccer Blog

Head coach Jennifer Rockwood talks with Alema Harrington

Aug 09, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 8:44 am | Permalink

On Thursday, women's soccer head coach Jennifer Rockwood was on Cougar Sports with Alema Harrington to discuss the upcoming season. Check out the audio at the site here.


Cougars ranked #20 in nation

Aug 07, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:56 am | Permalink

Bennett Rank released its preseason rankings which placed the BYU Cougars at No. 20 in the country heading into the 2013 season. The preseason ranking also has the Cougars as the No. 1 team in the West Coast Conference and the No. 1 team in the region, which includes teams from the WCC, Mountain West, Big West, Summit League, Conference USA, Great West and the Sun Belt.

BYU opponents were also highly ranked. Baylor is 14th in the ranking, LSU is 22nd, and conference foe Portland is 23rd and Santa Clara 26th.

Bennett Rank takes an analytic approach to ranking teams. Check out the rankings and methodology at bennettranking.com.

Catching up with Dana Oldroyd Cusick

Nov 21, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:28 am | Permalink

BYU Athletics catches up with senior Dana Oldroyd Cusick to talk about her love of BYU soccer and how this year has been different than others.

Catching up with Michele Murphy

Nov 20, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:24 pm | Permalink

BYU Athletics catches up with 2012 WCC Freshman of the Year Michele Murphy to talk about how she started playing soccer and what it's like to play on South Field. 

Former player Jenavieve Phillips passed away

Nov 20, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:57 am | Permalink

BYU Athletics wishes to offer its condolences to the family of former women's soccer player Jenavieve Phillips who passed away last Friday in her Gilbert, Ariz., hometown after being involved in a car accident. 

Phillips played in 40 games for BYU between 2002 and 2006. She played on three NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2003 team that went to the Elite Eight, and was a member of the 2002 MWC Championship Team. In her senior year, she helped lead the team to a No. 17 final regular season ranking. She was also a member of the U-19 National Team in 2003 and an Olympic Development Program member from 1998-2001.

"We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of an amazing young women," said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "Jenavieve will always be remembered as a talented player for BYU Soccer, but more importantly, she will be remembered for her dedication, perseverance and compassion. She was a friend to all and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family."

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 230 North Val Vista Drive, Gilbert, Ariz.

For more about Jenavieve, visit the BYU women's soccer blog

Catching up with Carlee Payne Holmoe

Nov 19, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:24 pm | Permalink

BYU Athletics caught up with BYU women's soccer senior Carlee Payne Holmoe to talk about her love of the game, her teammates and why she came to BYU.

Day 1: Travel 9/23

Sep 23, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:38 pm | Permalink

The BYU women's soccer team plays the University of Oregon tomorrow, Monday Sept. 24, so today they spent traveling to Oregon and get settled into their hotel. 

After traffic delayed the team's departure from Provo, they arrived at the airport with just enough time to run to the gate before their plane took off. A quiet flight landed them in Portland, Oregon, where they hopped on another bus and headed to the house of a friend of the team for some lunch. 

The girls went to church in Lake Oswego, Oregon, before getting back on the bus and driving two hours South to Eugene, Oregon, where they were finally able to get off the bus and relax in their hotel. 

Monday's game agains the Ducks starts at 7 p.m. PDT.

Online award and new rankings

Sep 03, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:08 am | Updated: September 5, 2012 10:40 am | Permalink

Senior Carlee Payne Holmoe was recognized on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week after her performance against No. 11 Long Beach State and Colorado College. 

TopDrawerSoccer.com ranks BYU at No. 39, in their Top 64 rankings, after its winning week and, now, 4-1-0 record.

Holmoe helped lead BYU to back-to-back shutouts at home and an undefeated home record to start the season. She recorded the gamewinner against the top-ranked 49ers to give the Cougars the 1-0 victory and an assist on BYU's first goal against Colorado College en route to a 2-0 win. 

The Cougars are also ranked No. 24 in this week's Top 25 from Soccer America

BYU plays at home on Thursday, Sept. 6, against No. 6 Penn State. The game begins at 7 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel. 

Jennifer Rockwood Featured on BYUtv's "Legends"

Aug 16, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:09 am | Updated: August 16, 2012 9:19 am | Permalink

BYU women's soccer head coach Jennifer Rockwood is the subject of the BYUtv series "Legends" in their upcoming episode to air on Monday, August 20, at 6 p.m. MT. 

The show highlights Rockwood's career as a player for BYU and her 17 years as its head coach. The episode can be viewed live on BYUtv or online live at byutv.org.

In her years as head coach for the BYU women's soccer team Rockwood has amassed a 274-85-31 all-time record, making her the 6th winningest active head coach in the NCAA and 7th all-time. Rockwood has coached 35+ All-American awards, won eight conference titles, made 13 NCAA tournament appearances and seen the program through three conference changes. 

"Legends" also did an episode dedicated to BYU assistant coach Aleisha Rose and it can be watched online

College Sports Maddness - Preseason All-America List

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 8:58 am | Permalink

College Sports Madness (CSM), an online sports destination that recently added women's soccer to its repertoire, has released its 2012 Preseason All-Americans and included BYU senior Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall to its First Team. Cutshall was also added to CSM's Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team earlier this month. 

Ctushall netted four goals and took 20 shots last season while anchoring a BYU women's soccer defense that allowed just 16 goals all season.

Below is a full list of CSM's Preseason All-American winners. 

First Team Second Team
Christine Exeter, Louisville Becca Wann, Richmond
Maya Hayes, Penn State Colleen Williams, Dayton
Chioma Ubogagu, Stanford Nadia Link, Long Beach St.
Katie Stengel, Wake Forest Tiffany McCarty, Florida St.
Amber Brooks, North Carolina Morgan Brian, Virginia
Julie Johnston, Santa Clara Mallory Schaffer, William & Mary
Kristen Mewis, Boston College Christabel Oduro, Memphis
Kaitlyn Kerr, Duke Erika Tymrak, Florida
Alina Garciamendez, Stanford Michelle Pao, Pepperdine
Natasha Ansai, Duke Kassey Kallman, Florida State
Crystal Dunn, North Carolina Ines Jaurena, Florida State
Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, BYU Abby Dahlkemper, UCLA
Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State Aubrey Bledsoe, Wake Forest
Third Team Fourth Team
Micaela Capelle, Portland Kelly Cobb, Duke
Caroline Miller, Virginia Natalia Ledezma, UC Irvine
Kelsey Haycock, La Salle Kate Schwindel, West Virginia
Tishia Jewell, UCF Kate Howart, Miami (FL)
Samantha Mewis, UCLA Domenica Hodak, Maryland
Christine Narin, Penn State Renee Washington, La Salle
Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois Caitlin Alves, Hartford
Mandy Laddish, Notre Dame Jenna Richmond, UCLA
Cassie Dickerson, Kansas Bry McCarthy, West Virginia
Carson Michalowski, Oklahoma St. Marissa Diggs, UCF
Kathryn Williamson, Florida Alex Balcer, Long Beach State
Ally Miller, Marquette Rachel lenz, Texas A&M
Erin Quinlan, Hartford Emily Oliver, Stanford