Cougs Look to Overtake Cowgirls, Lobos

The Cougars will play Wyoming at home Thursday at 7 p.m. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah (Oct.17, 2006)--No. 16 BYU (11-2-2, 2-0-0) plays one game at home and one on the road this week during the third week of Mountain West Conference action. The Cougars challenge Wyoming (6-6-3, 1-1-2) on Thursday at South Stadium and New Mexico (6-6-3, 0-2-2) in Albuquerque. Game times are slated for 7 p.m., local time.

The Cougars played two games last week, tying San Diego State, 2-2, and defeating Air Force, 1-0. The Cougars' played some of their best soccer of the season last week, giving head coach Jennifer Rockwood a lot of confidence going into the final stretch of the season.

Katie Larkin, who has been named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week and named to several national teams of the week, leads BYU with four goals and 12 points. Three of those goals were game winners. Katie Fellows has also netted three goals of her own. Also scoring goals for the Cougars are Brooke Bowman (2), Haylee Cuthbert (2), Alyssa Vander Veur (2), Amberlea Anderson (1), Jessica Aquino (1), Kelsea Kakadelas (1) Jenavieve Phillips (1), Carolyn Swenson (1) and Claire Thomas. Larkin and Swenson lead BYU with four and three assists, respectively.

Goalkeeper Erika Woodbury has accumulated 44 saves on the season and now holds the record for most career saves at BYU with 165. She is also chasing two more records this season. Woodbury is tied with Jennifer Waldron with nine shutouts in a season. Waldron set the record in 1999, playing in 24 games. Woodbury has tied the record in just 15 games. With Woodbury's nine shutouts this season, she has 24 career shutouts and is just four shutouts away from becoming BYU's all-time leader. Waldron currently holds the record with 27.5 career saves.

Wyoming's offensive attack is spread evenly among its team with eight players netting goals on the season. Tamika Wilson leads the team with three goals. Comfort Adetoye, Christine Nagel and Emily Layton have each assisted on three goals this season. Keeprs Ashley Sheppard and Jamie Scarcliff have combined for 95 saves on the season.

The Cougars hold a 10-1 advantage against Wyoming with BYU winning last season's matchup 2-0 at South Stadium.

New Mexico's offense starts with Kristine Sweat, Bridgette Sanchez and Asha Richardson. Sweat has netted four goals, while Sanchez has scored three goals and assisted for three others. Richardson has also scored three goals of her own. Goalkeeper Shannon Adragna has saved 41 goals on the season.

BYU leads the series against New Mexico 10-2-2. New Mexico won last season's meeting, 1-0.

Live stats for the games will be available by going to http://www.byucougars.com/Schedule.jsp?SP=162&YR=2005. Fans can also tune into the game by watching the live video stream online through CSTV Online. Jarom Jordan and Jordan Feinauer will commentate Thursday's game. The package is available for $6.95/month or $49.95/year. Fans can sign up by clicking on the BYU Cougars All-Access icon located on the BYU Athletics homepage at www.byucougars.com.

Fans interested in watching BYU events on the internet that are produced for CSTV -- including football and men's basketball -- can subscribe to the comprehensive CSTV XXL package, which includes the entire array of All-Access broadband channels and more than 10,000 events. CSTV XXL is available for $14.95/month or $99.95/year and provides access to video streaming for more than 70 schools including all Mountain West Conference teams.

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