(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)
2014 Season Review
PROVO, Utah – For the third straight season, BYU women’s soccer won the West Coast Conference title and qualified for the NCAA tournament. The Cougars finished the year 13-5-3 and went 7-1-1 in WCC play.
Sophomore forward Ashley Hatch led the team in goals with 18. Hatch scored the first hat trick in BYU history in nine seasons and scored multiple goals in five games, the most in a season since 1996. She was WCC Co-Player of the Year and earned two All-America third team honors. She finished ninth in the nation in goals and points per game and in total goals. She was 12th in total points.
Senior defender Annie Amos played in every minute this season and earned NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team honors in addition to being the WCC Defender of the Year. She was the only returning starter on defense and was a team captain. She helped the Cougars record 10 shutouts as a team.
Sophomore forward Michele Murphy returned from a knee injury in 2013 to score six goals and make six assists. She earned National Offensive Player of the Week honors in October and was named to the All-WCC First Team and the NSCAA All-West Region Third Team.
Sophomore midfielder Elena Medeiros moved into the starting lineup to start the season and finished with five goals and a team-leading seven assists. Medeiros scored four game-winning goals on the season, including two on the road. She was named to the All-WCC Second Team and the NSCAA All-West Region Third Team.
Senior forward Niki Fernandes also tied for the team lead in assists with seven and added another five goals. Fernandes finished her career as one of 19 Cougars in program history to record at least 10 goals and 10 assists. She was named to the All-WCC Second Team.
After starting the season 1-3-2, the Cougars went on an 11-game win streak and a 13-game unbeaten streak to clinch the WCC title with a weekend still to play. The conference season ended with a 3-2 loss to No. 12 Pepperdine. BYU fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament 2-0 at Colorado.