BYU edges out Arizona in 1-0 win

Kassidy Christensen's lone goal was the difference maker in the game. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

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PROVO -- The BYU women’s soccer team battled the University of Arizona to a 1-0 victory Monday at South Field. The win was the Cougars’ second of the weekend and improved their record to 3-1-0 while the Wildcats fell to 2-1-0.


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“We knew it was going to be a battle,” coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “We’ve been through a lot these first four games and come out on top in most of them and we’ve learned, which is what the preseason is for.”

The first half went back-and-forth with both teams having the same number of corner kicks and fouls and BYU having five shots on goal to Arizona’s three. The Cougars took control early and recorded the first two shots on goal, but the Wildcats quickly struck back.

Twenty minutes into the half, Arizona looked the more dangerous team with Sally Thurner sending a long-range shot inches over the crossbar The Cougars responded late in the half with Becca Riddle’s shot from outside the box skipping to the right of the Wildcats’ open goal.

After a scoreless first half, both teams came out strong with BYU having a few early chances. A through ball sent Katie Fellows Hodgkiss on a breakaway 15 minutes into the half. Hodgkiss beat the keeper and crossed the ball to Kassidy Chrsitensen who headed it just over the bar.

Riddle was taken out of the game in the 65th minute after receiving a red card, forcing the Cougars to play a man down the remainder of the game. Despite the disadvantage, BYU was able to get a goal and the lead with 12 minutes left. Lauren Anderson turned the ball at the endline and crossed it in front of the face of the goal where Christensen directed it into the left corner.

“I was proud the girls came out strong when they were a man down,” Rockwood said. “It’s not an easy thing to do.”

Arizona never gave up and kept freshman goalkeeper McKinzie Olson busy. With three minutes left, Wildcat London King received a through ball and maneuvered it into the back of the net, but the sideline official called the ball offside and ended the celebration before it began.

The Cougars were able to hold off the Wildcats’ offense in the closing minutes and earn another win. The team will continue its season in Virginia Thursday where it will face William and Mary. A live stat feed of the game will be available at www.byucougars.com.

The Cougars next return to action at South Field on Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m., when they will face the Idaho State Bengals.

Cougar fans can join the official Women's Soccer texting group by texting the words "WSOC" to the number 83043. Members of the group will receive reminders about game times, information about ticket discounts and other promotions.

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Soccer Box Score (Final)

ARIZ vs #18 Brigham Young Univ. (Sep 01, 2008 at Provo, Utah)

ARIZ (2-1-0) vs. Goals by period 1 2 Tot

Brigham Young Univ. (3-1-0) -------------------------------

Date: Sep 01, 2008 Attendance: 2785 ARIZ................ 0 0 - 0

Weather: Brigham Young Univ.. 0 1 - 1

ARIZ Brigham Young Univ.

Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A

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GK 0 MCINTYRE,Chelsea.... - - - - GK 1 SHELTON, Aleena..... - - - -

D 2 HARRISON,Brooke..... 1 1 - - F 3 ANDERSON, Lauren.... 1 1 - 1

MF 4 CAMACHO,Karina...... 1 - - - D 4 COOK, Karen......... - - - -

F 9 KING,London......... - - - - D 9 DRAEGER, Amanda..... - - - -

D 10 CACERES,Brianna..... - - - - D 10 CARTER, Jessica..... - - - -

D 12 LEVAKE,Savanah...... - - - - D 11 WILLIS, Andrea...... - - - -

MF 18 MUTZ,Mackenzie...... - - - - MF 15 KAKADELAS, Kelsea... 2 2 - -

MF 19 CUELLAR, Renae...... 3 2 - - MF 16 JANIS, Auna......... 1 - - -

MF 20 AMINI,Leila......... - - - - F 18 LARKIN, Katie....... 3 2 - -

F 21 MARQUEZ,Analisa..... - - - - F 21 CHRISTENSEN, Kassidy 3 2 1 -

MF 22 BROUSSARD,Jacqueline 2 2 - - F 22 HODGKISS, Katie..... - - - -

---------- Substitutes ---------- ---------- Substitutes ----------

3 DREES,Samantha...... - - - - 5 FELLER, Whitney..... - - - -

5 HUYLEBROECK,Laura... 1 1 - - 7 MARSHALL, Jennie.... - - - -

7 NAMDAR,Jasmine...... - - - - 12 RIDDLE, Becca....... 1 - - -

8 STEINER,Amy......... - - - - 14 JAMESON, Ashleigh... - - - -

17 DAVIS,Alex.......... - - - - 23 VANDER Veur, Alyssa. - - - -

23 THURNER,Sally....... 1 - - - 32 32.................. - - - -

Totals.............. 9 6 0 0 Totals.............. 11 7 1 1

ARIZ Brigham Young Univ.

## Player MIN GA Saves ## Player MIN GA Saves

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0 MCINTYRE,Chelsea.... 90:00 1 6 1 SHELTON, Aleena..... 46:18 0 3

32 32.................. 43:42 0 3

TM TEAM................ 0:00 0 0

Shots by period 1 2 Tot Saves by period 1 2 Tot

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ARIZ................ 4 5 - 9 ARIZ................ 5 1 - 6

Brigham Young Univ.. 6 5 - 11 Brigham Young Univ.. 3 3 - 6

Corner kicks 1 2 Tot Fouls 1 2 Tot

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ARIZ................ 1 2 - 3 ARIZ................ 4 6 - 10

Brigham Young Univ.. 1 2 - 3 Brigham Young Univ.. 4 3 - 7

SCORING SUMMARY:

GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description

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1. 77:40 BY CHRISTENSEN, Kassidy (2) ANDERSON, Lauren

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS:

YC-ARIZ #10 (65:13); RC-BY #12 (65:19); YC-ARIZ #17 (66:22);

YC-ARIZ #22 (82:56)

Officials:

Offsides: ARIZ 4, Brigham Young Univ. 0.

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