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West Coast Conference Primer

Oct 07, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 3:24 pm | Updated: October 7, 2013 3:27 pm | Permalink

With West Coast Conference play beginning this week for the Cougars, here's an update of how the other conference members did in their nonconference schedules and what BYU will have to go through to defend last year's championship. Records are nonconference only and don't include the early slate of conference games from the weekend.

No. 10 Portland (8-1-1, RPI: 31) finished off its nonconference schedule by winning its final six games. The Pilots beat Marquette, tied No. 2 Stanford and lost to No. 13 Wake Forest in September before starting their current streak. They also downed Pacific in their conference opener on Saturday. Portland leads the season in goals and scoring.

San Diego (7-4-0, RPI: 80) enters West Coast Conference play with a winning record thanks to four home wins. They lost to several major conference teams, but also beat Missouri and Kansas and took down two Big West opponents in Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State. The Toreros lead the conference in assists so far this season.

No. 17 Santa Clara (6-3-1, RPI: 16) played some of the toughest teams in the nation in their nonconference schedule. The Broncos lost to No. 6 North Carolina, No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 Stanford, but tied No. 11 Cal. They also beat ACC opponent Maryland.

No. 22 BYU (6-3-1, RPI: 23)

Pepperdine (5-3-2, RPI: 41) tied No. 11 Cal and beat Texas A&M, but lost to No. 21 Michigan and No. 3 UCLA. They finished their nonconference schedule with a tie against Cal State Fullerton. Forward Lynn Williams leads the conference in every scoring stat, except for assists and assist per game where she is second.

San Francisco (5-4-2, RPI: 133) ended their nonconference schedule with three straight losses and haven't won in five straight games after losing to Saint Mary's in their conference opener Saturday. The Dons do have the lowest GAA in the West Coast Conference, but only average .67 goals scored per game.

Gonzaga (4-5-1, RPI: 212) has put together a two-game winning streak and a three-game losing streak in its nonconference schedule, but hasn't been consistent in getting results.

Saint Mary's (4-7-0, RPI: 117) hasn't earned any points away from home, but has played some tough competition. San Diego State, Denver, Marquette, Stanford and Cal all hosted the Gaels. They have won two straight including their conference opener over San Francisco.

LMU (3-8-0, RPI: 186) is currently on a seven-game losing streak entering conference play and have yet to earn any points on the road. The Lions did win three games in a row against Northeastern, Montana and UC Santa Barbara at the end of August, but haven't won since.

Pacific's (1-7-2, RPI: 298) only win came against New Mexico on Sept. 15. The Tigers have lost four straight since then including a 1-0 loss to Portland in their WCC opener. 

NCAA All-Access with Cloee: The Utah rivalry

Sep 19, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 3:40 pm | Permalink

BYU senior midfielder Cloee Colohan takes you behind the scenes for BYU's 1-0 victory over Utah in this video at NCAA.com.

http://www.ncaa.com/video#!soccer-women/2013-09-13/all-access-byu-womens-soccer-cloee-colohan-episode-two-utah-rivalry

Rachel Manning on True Blue

Sep 18, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 8:37 am | Updated: September 18, 2013 8:41 am | Permalink

Rachel "The Magnet" Manning was featured on BYUtv's True Blue on Monday. Check out the video below at the 15:15 mark.

Rankings Report Sep. 10

Sep 10, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 2:42 pm | Updated: September 11, 2013 11:43 am | Permalink

With all of this week's rankings out, the Cougars have inched up in eight different polls and rankings. While BYU started the season at No. 6 in the NSCAA poll, they were in the 10-12 range in other polls. Now they have moved into the top 10 in each of the rankings with a high of fifth in the Soccer America poll and a low of ninth in the Bennett Rankings. The Cougars were also slotted in as a No. 2 seed in bracket projections by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Last week's ESPNW Power Rankings also put the Cougars 12th just behind Penn State and WCC foe Portland. 

Update: This week's espnW Power Rankings have the Cougars ninth.

Poll This Week Prev
Soccer America 5th 7th
NSCAA 6th 6th
Massey Ratings 6th 8th
Soccer Times 7th 6th
College Sports Madness 7th 7th
Top Drawer Socer 8th 8th
CS360 Composite 8th 10th
Bennett Rankings 9th 9th

NCAA All-Access with Cloee Colohan

Sep 03, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:12 am | Permalink

Senior midfielder Cloee Colohan begins her first installment of NCAA All-Access with some video from the Cougar Kickoff and the team's time with Make-A-Wish child Amber Rasmussen.

Check it out here.

Cougars receive national attention in preseason

Aug 23, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 4:18 pm | Permalink

The BYU women's soccer team collected a lot of national attention in preseason rankings before the 2013 season began. Reaching the Elite Eight for the second time in program history and taking eventual national champion North Carolina to two overtimes in 2012 helped boost the Cougars into the top 10 of  most rankings this preseason.

In the national rankings, BYU was voted sixth in the country by the NSCAA coaches poll. They also finished eighth, ninth, 11th, 12th and 20th in several other rankings. A composite ranking done by CollegeSoccer360.com using nine different polls or metrics put the Cougars 11th in the country. The rankings included two computer systems and a strength of schedule component in addition to polls. The Cougars were picked to finish in third place in the West Coast Conference by the coaches. 

Individual players also received preseason recognition thanks to their success in 2012. Senior midfielder Cloee Colohan received five different honors including being named to the Preseason All-WCC team and the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC First Team. Colohan was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI Second Team and to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-America Fourth Team. She was also put on the AllWhiteKit.com Midfielder of the Year Shortlist.

Senior goalkeeper Erica Owens made the preseason all-conference team and was named to the AllWhiteKit.com Golden Glove Shortlist and the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC Team.

Senior midfielder Rachel Manning was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team and the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC Second Team.

Sophomore midfielder Michele Murphy was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team, while fellow sophomore central defender Paige Hunt was named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC First Team.

Cougars make a wish come true

Aug 22, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:03 pm | Permalink

By Justin Green

The BYU women’s soccer team did its part to help fulfill the wishes of Amber Rasmussen, a 13-year-old from Draper, Utah, who is recovering from a liver transplant. Amber and her family visited the team at the fall sports Cougar Kick-off on Wednesday night.

“We feel honored to be a part of this for Amber,” head women’s soccer coach Jennifer Rockwood said.  “We're excited that she's making a full recovery and that we get to be a part of that.”

As Amber arrived, she was greeted by the entire team and was presented a signed ball, a team jersey, season passes for her and her family as well as a bag full of team gear. She spent much of her time at the Cougar Kick-off talking to Coach Rockwood and mingling with the players.

“They really showered her with gifts and treated her really well,” said John Rasmussen, Amber’s dad. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Though she has never been to a game, Amber has watched the team play on television and is an avid fan. Amber also loves to play soccer.

“My sister went to BYU so I have been here before,” Amber said. “I love the environment and campus and everything. I just started watching the team and really loved them.”

The BYU players loved getting to know Amber and hear her story. Senior forward Niki Fernandes was among many of the players who took the opportunity to talk to Amber and her parents.

“It’s been an amazing experience,” Fernandes said. “Just being able to spend time with her and even just make her day, it’s been awesome. It’s been amazing just to make her smile.”

During the event the Rasmussen family joined BYU marketing representative Weston Wride on stage to receive another special announcement. Amber and her family received a cruise to the Bahamas from the Make-A-Wish foundation. The Make-A-Wish foundation has granted 140 wishes in Utah so far this year after granting 161 last year.

“I’m just way excited,” Amber said. “I’m shocked.”

Amber was born with a liver disease that she has lived with for the last 13 years. She spent five months on the waiting list for a donor. The transplant went smoothly and her recovery has been perfect thus far.

“It was scary as a family to go through, but she was only in the hospital for a week, the quickest they had ever had,” said Ann Rasmussen, Amber’s mom. “They attributed it to soccer. We just feel really lucky and so blessed.”

The Cougars women’s soccer team open the 2013 campaign at home this Friday night against Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m., a game that Amber and her family plan on attending.

BYU voted 12th in Soccer America Preseason poll

Aug 21, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:55 am | Updated: August 21, 2013 11:49 am | Permalink

The BYU women's soccer team was voted 12th in the nation in the Soccer America Women's Preseason Poll. The Cougars have been ranked as high as 6th this preseason in four polls. The Cougars were voted sixth in the NSCAA poll, ninth in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll and 20th in the Bennett Rankings. For the Soccer America poll, click here.

AllWhiteKit.com projected BYU as the third-place finisher in the West Coast Conference. Portland was chosen as the conference champion and Santa Clara was a close second. For the projections for the WCC and several other conferences, click here.

Jepson Smith participates in Google+ Hangout

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:26 pm | Updated: August 20, 2013 2:55 pm | Permalink

BYU's senior forward/midfielder Colette Jepson Smith was part of a West Coast Conference women's soccer Google+ Hangout on Tuesday previewing the season. Watch it below.