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Game day, team's first game

Aug 18, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 6:00 pm | Updated: August 18, 2014 6:18 pm | Permalink

Madrid, Spain - (Aug. 18, 2014)

Blog #3
The BYU women's basketball team spent its final day in Madrid doing some sightseeing and then prepared to play its first of four games on their 10-day tour through Spain.

A summary of the day from Cassie Broadhead 
What did you go see and what did you learn today?
We went on a walking tour around Madrid. We saw the Almudera Cathedral and the Royal Palace. We had fun and took pictures in front of the Palace as a team.

During our walking tour we stopped at the Puerta del Sol. Our tour guide Brooke pointed out that the bell on one of the buildings rings 12 times on New Year’s Eve. Many people come to hear the bell and they bring grapes because tradition state that if you put a grape in your mouth for each of the 12 month’s of the year and you eat them all at once, you are promised success in the upcoming year.

We didn’t do a lot of walking, but we were able to do enough and see many interesting things and see another part of Madrid. After the tour was over, my family along with coach Judkins,his wife Mary Kay and Kristine Fuller went to a pizza place called Pizza Emporium. The pizzas were all thin crust and maybe the closest pizza to New York style pizza (my favorite kind of pizza).

We were also able to do some shopping and I bought some Aladdin pants. The pants scrunch at the bottom and come in really cool patterns, which makes them unique. Tonight we played our first game and we won!!

More on the game from Ashley Garfield
Tell us about the game, the players and the facility …
Our first game was honestly one of the most interesting games I have ever been a part of. It’s the club’s offseason right now so many of their players were out of town so we ended up playing against three boys and four girls.

The boys were really good and fast, but the girls’ level of play wasn’t as high. The facility was really hot and the floors were slick, it was like playing on an ice skating ring. It sure made you feel like you were burning calories with how hot it was!!

Were there different rules that you had to adjust to?
Yes! Apparently, there is a shot clock for just the last minute of the game. Also, you can’t scream when someone is shooting a layup and you can only have three players at the free throw line.

How did our team play?
You could definitely tell that we had some first game jitters and our first half was sloppy, but we did see some really good things from our younger players who were able to get some valuable experience. After the game was over, a few of us traded jerseys with their players and we were able to take a picture with all of us together.

How was the communications with the players? Refs?
We couldn’t understand each other at all. We even had a hard time conversing with the refs to understand what they were calling.

Was there anything else that you learned about your opponent?
No. I thought it was interesting though, to not only see the gender difference, but also the age difference in the players. We also learned on the way there that in Spain they don’t have school sports (high school, college) like we do in the U.S., which I found interesting.

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

Sunday in Madrid, Blog #2

Aug 17, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 5:14 pm | Updated: August 17, 2014 5:27 pm | Permalink

Sunday, Aug. 17 in Madrid with the women’s basketball team

Blog #2
In the team’s second full day in Madrid, the team attended church meetings in the chapel next to the Temple. Afterwards, the group heard from associate athletic director Brian Santiago who summarized the three talks given in Sacrament Meeting for those who did not understand Spanish.Two sister missionaries then took the group on a tour of the temple grounds while explaining several gospel principles regarding families, baptism and preparing to attend the temple. 

The team then had lunch where they enjoyed a traditional Spanish rice dish, paella. They had a choice of seafood, vegetable or meat paella.

In the evening, the group experienced a Spanish custom by attending a bullfight.

More on the day from Carly Stratton 
What was your experience attending Church services in Madrid?
The congregation was pretty small and we doubled their attendance when all of us arrived. It was different singing hymns in Spanish because you knew the tune but didn't comprehend the words very well. After Sacrament Meeting we took a tour of the temple grounds with two sister missionaries. We were able to see a lot of missionaries and a couple from Idaho Falls that was serving a mission as well. It was really cool to go to Church over here and to see how strong the gospel is worldwide. 

What did you do in the afternoon and evening?
After Church we ate lunch and had some rice dishes authentic to Spain. Then we went to see a bullfight. It was definitely a different experience. For dinner we needed something familiar to us so the group of girls I was with went to get McDonald's.

Women's basketball, Blog 1 from Madrid, Spain

Aug 16, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 3:13 pm | Updated: August 17, 2014 4:02 pm | Permalink

Madrid, Spain (Aug. 15 & 16, 2014)

Blog One
The BYU women’s basketball team arrived in Madrid, Spain at 9 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 16. The Cougars flew from Salt Lake International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport, then onto Madrid.

A bus took the group from the airport to the hotel. Once the luggage was left in a secure room, the group went on a walk to a market for a sampling of Spanish food. Two tour guides met us there and took us on an hour and half walking tour through parts of Madrid.

Then it was off to practice at the multipurpose gym of the Polideportivo Municipal de Torrelodones basketball club, the team the Cougars play on Monday evening.

Here’s more from Kristine Fuller and Xojian Harry on our travel day and first full day in Madrid.

Kristine Fuller
What was the flight/travel getting to Spain like?
The two flights were long but luckily no delays and our six-hour flight to Madrid had individual TV’s. It was really weird leaving early Friday and arriving Saturday morning.

Did you meet any interesting people on the plane?
I sat next to teammates both times. We laughed a lot and played games. Monopoly Deal is the game of choice.

What did you do to occupy your time on the plane to NYC and then on to Madrid?
In NYC tried connecting to WiFi to watch Netflix, but it didn’t work, so ended up watching Bourne Supremacy and playing Monopoly Deal. On the flight to Madrid I watched two movies—Draft Day and Moulin Rouge. I sang along to Moulin Rouge, slept a lot and Ashley and I had a competition to see who can keep a spoon on one’s nose the longest. All of us slept, watched movies and snacked a lot.

Did you meet our tour guides? What are they like?
We have two tour guides – Brooke and Corey. Both are great! We got to take a two-hour walking tour around Madrid. We’ve had two different buses and drivers so far. The drivers are nice and the buses are smooth and clean.

What are you most looking forward to doing/seeing while in Spain?
I’m looking forward to trying new food!

Xojian Harry
What was the first thing you saw/noticed when we arrived in Madrid?
The first thing we saw was a big cemetery with thousands of tombstones and that was really cool. We also noticed as soon as we got off the plane there were a lot of weird smells.

What was the weather like?
At first the weather was a bit chilly, but then it got really hot, really fast.

What’s the hotel like?
The hotel is really small in comparison to U.S., hotels. There are two beds in the rooms but they are twin size and are really close together. We had a few struggles trying to figure out how to turn on the lights and the shower. Also, we found out that the drinks are not served cold and the showers aren’t exactly hot.

What places did you get to see on Saturday in Madrid?
We walked around the heart of Madrid and saw the restaurant Sobrino de Botin Horno de Asar, which is the oldest restaurant in the world. We went to El Mercado de San Miguel, which is a food market where you can get a variety of food, fruits, pastries and drinks. We saw a convent on Calle del Codo, which means Elbow Street.

What were your impressions of Madrid after a full day in the city?
It has sort of a small town feel. There are some really beautiful buildings with gorgeous architecture. It is kind of sad though because a lot of the buildings have graffiti all over them.

Did you get to meet or see anyone interesting?
We saw two men run out of a McDonald’s with big bags over their shoulders and they got chased by the police. We also saw a middle-aged couple fighting and the wife was smacking her husband and he was trying to run away pushing his cart.

Was it hard to communicate with the Spanish people?
For the most part, a lot of the Spanish people knew English, so communicating wasn't too bad.

What was the first Spanish food you ate?   Was it hard to order/communicate with waiter/waitress?
The first Spanish food I ate was rice and chorizo tapas. It wasn’t hard to communicate with the lady at the market because she knew Spanish. At our evening dinner, they brought us steaks that were seared on each side and raw in the middle. We were all confused and then they brought out hot plates to cook the meat to our liking. It was cool and delicious.  The steaks came with French fries. The restaurant was called Fatigas del Querer and it was a short walk from our hotel.

Tell us anything else about the day?
Today was kind of hard for all of us because of the jetlag and fatigue we had to deal with. Everyone was exhausted on our walking tour but after practice everyone felt a lot better. We will all definitely sleep well tonight.

Did you do any shopping?  Get any souvenirs?
We didn’t get to do any shopping today, but we saw a few little shops that we want to stop by to look around in when we have a chance.

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.