Cougs Return Home for MWC Play

BYU looks to topple two MWC opponents this weekend at South Stadium. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- No. 15 BYU returns home to the friendly confines of South Stadium this week to take on Mountain West Conference foes San Diego State and Air Force in the second week of MWC action. The Cougars play SDSU Thursday and Air Force Saturday. Game times are slated for 7 p.m.

The Cougars played two games last week, winning 2-0 over TCU and falling 1-0 to Utah. Katie Larkin and Carolyn Swenson scored goals against the Horned Frogs. Saturday's match against the Utes was a tough battle between two talented teams. Although BYU controlled the second half of action, the Cougars could not find the back of the net and even the score.

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 11 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 Alyssa Vander Veur (2), Brooke Bowman (2), Amberlea Anderson (1), Jessica Aquino (1), Haylee Cuthbert (1), Kelsea Kakadelas (1) and Swenson (1). Swenson and Larkin lead BYU with three assists. Goalkeeper Erika Woodbury has accumulated 40 saves on the season and now holds the record for most career saves at BYU with 165.

Jen Mello, scoring five goals and posting two assists, leads the Aztecs, while sidekick Erika Sutton leads the team with five assists and has scored three goals of her own. Cat Walker has also netted three goals. Keeper Cat Burson has saved 55 shots this season.

Air Force's offensive attack is spread evenly among its team with eight players netting goals on the season. Brittney Perkowski leads the team with 2 goals. Rachael Emory and Melinda Mokos have assisted on three and two goals, respectively. Goalkeeper Erin Wallace has recorded 56 saves so far this year.

BYU's all-time record against the Aztecs is 7-7-2, while BYU leads Air Force 8-1-1.

Thursday's game will be televised live on BYUTV with Natalyn Lewis and Rick Boullion as commentators. The game will be rebroadcast on the mtn. on Friday at 3 and 9 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Live stats 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. Lewis and Boullion will commentate Thursday's game, Jarom Jordan and Jordan Feinauer will give the play-by-play on Saturday. 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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