Junior Lauren Anderson scored two goals for BYU on Wednesday night in their 4-0 victory against the Idaho State Bengals. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
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PROVO -- In its first home game in over two weeks, the No. 12 BYU women’s soccer team got two goals from junior Lauren Anderson on their way to a 4-0 shutout over the Idaho State Bengals, Wednesday at South Field in front of a crowd of 2,118.
The Cougars (9-1-1) finished the night with 18 shots while limiting the Bengals (5-6-1) to just four. BYU remains undefeated when scoring the first goal of the game.
"I'm really pleased with our team effort and obviously the overall finish from the girls tonight," said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "We had some great looks at the goal. We came into this knowing it'd be our last regular season game before starting conference play so we wanted to put everything out there and I think we definitely came ready to play tonight."
Getting all the scoring BYU would need, junior Lauren Anderson led the Cougars to victory with two goals on the night.
In just the fourth minute of action, Anderson took a pass at mid-field from sophomore Jessica Ringwood where she quickly broke away from the Bengal defenders to streak to the net. The goal was her first of the season and first, of two, for the game. The second came after halftime with a double assist from senior Kassidy Shumway and sophomore Carlee Payne to secure the 4-0 victory.
"This year, more than any year, we've got five or more really talented players that can score for us," Rockwood said. "Lauren has played really well this year so we're excited she was able to score tonight."
Earlier in the night, BYU nearly tallied another goal in the 15th minute on a shot from senior Mercede Koning that bounced off the side post and went wide. It wouldn’t be long, however, before the Cougars connected and did get on the board again with Payne scoring off an assist from Lindsi Lisonbee to put BYU up 2-0.
The Cougars didn’t waste any time early in the second half adding to their lead with Ringwood scoring in the first two minutes. Ringwood took a team-high four shots, scored once and added one assist.
Next up for the No. 12 Cougars is a trip to Wyoming for their first conference game of the 2010 season on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. MT. BYU was picked to finish in first place in this year's MWC race.
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