MVP Larkin's goal beats Utes For MWC Championship

Senior Katie Larkin's goal sealed the second consecutive MWC Tournament Championship for the Cougars.

LAS VEGAS -- MWC Tournament MVP Katie Larkin’s second-half goal secured the 2008 Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship for the Cougars as they beat the University of Utah 1-0, Saturday in Las Vegas. As the tournament champions, the team earns the MWC’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

“I’m very proud of our team and how they came out and competed,” said head coach Jennifer Rockwood. “There was a lot on the line and emotions were high. I’m proud of our seniors and how they have led the team this year, including our captains (Larkin and Jessica Carter). Katie stepped up when we needed her and gave us the winning goal. Our defense was solid and overall it was a great day. I look forward to see who we play next week.”

Neither team was able to do much offensively in the first half. The Cougars outshot the Utes 12-8. Freshman keeper McKinzie Olson had four saves, and there was no score in the game at halftime.

Three minutes into the second half, three time All-American senior forward Katie Larkin got the Cougars on the board with a shot from the left side of the box to the right side of the goal past the keeper. The goal was Larkin’s second in the tournament. Freshman forward Auna Janis assisted Larkin for her first assist in 2008.

After the goal, the Cougars were able to keep the pressure on, outshooting the Utes 7-3 through the rest of the game. The defense held strong and allowed only five shots on goal during the entire game. Olson stopped all five to preserve the shutout.

Larkin was also named to the All-Tournament team along with fellow Cougars Andrea Willis, Karen Cook, and Jessica Carter.

BYU has now won the conference tournament two years in a row, defeating UNLV 2-1, at South Field in 2007. The Cougars have now won six MWC tournament championships. The Cougars are now 17-5-0, while the Utes fall to 12-8-2. The back-to-back tournament championships are the first for the Cougars since they won three in a row from 2000-2002.

The NCAA tournament pairings and locations will be announced Monday, Nov. 10. Games begin Thursday, Nov. 14 in locations around the country.

Cougar fans can get updates about the team by texting the word “WSOC” to 83043. Members of the group will receive reminders about game times, information about ticket discounts and other promotions.

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2008 MWC All-Tournament Team

Lizzy Karoly, TCU

Jackie Torda, TCU

Brie Kuhne, UNLV

Haley Partridge, UNLV

Amanda Sanchez, Utah

Lauren Hair, Utah

Kelly Isleib, Utah

Karen Cook, BYU

Katie Larkin, BYU

Andrea Willis, BYU

Jessica Carter, BYU

MVP: Katie Larkin, BYU

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Soccer Box Score (Final)

Rebel Soccer

Utah vs #22 BYU (Nov 08, 2008 at Las Vegas, Nev.)

Utah (11-9-2) vs.

BYU (17-5-0)

Date: Nov 08, 2008 Attendance: 252

Weather: 65, sunny, clear skies, no wind

Goals by period 1 2 Total

Utah 0 0 0

BYU 0 1 1

Utah

Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A

GK 00 ROGERS, Emalee 0 0 0 0

D 3 CARDON, Nicole 0 0 0 0

MF 4 PORTER, Lauren 1 0 0 0

D 6 REINEKE, Katy 0 0 0 0

D 7 WOODFIELD, Kellie 1 1 0 0

D 12 DUDLEY, Lauren 1 0 0 0

F 13 HAIR, Lauren 0 0 0 0

D 14 SKEEN, Morgan 0 0 0 0

MF 21 MITAMURA, Mallory 2 1 0 0

MF 23 ISLEIB, Kelly 4 2 0 0

D 25 SANCHEZ, Amanda 1 0 0 0

--- Substitutes ---

9 TEBBS, Roxanne 0 0 0 0

11 HAIR, Addie 0 0 0 0

17 TOOMEY, Alyssa 0 0 0 0

18 SAMPLE, Danielle 0 0 0 0

22 FORBES, Chelsea 1 1 0 0

Totals......... 11 5 0 0

## Goalie Minutes GA Saves

00 ROGERS, Emalee 90:00 1 8

BYU

Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A

F 3 ANDERSON, Lauren 3 0 0 0

D 4 COOK, Karen 2 2 0 0

MF 5 FELLER, Whitney 0 0 0 0

D 10 CARTER, Jessica 0 0 0 0

D 11 WILLIS, Andrea 1 0 0 0

MF 15 KAKADELAS, Kelsea 2 0 0 0

MF 16 JANIS, Auna 1 0 0 1

F 18 LARKIN, Katie 5 5 1 0

F 22 HODGKISS, Katie 1 0 0 0

D 25 URRY, Nicole 0 0 0 0

K 32 32 0 0 0 0

--- Substitutes ---

7 MARSHALL, Jennie 1 0 0 0

12 RIDDLE, Becca 0 0 0 0

21 CHRISTENSEN, Kassidy 2 2 0 0

23 VANDER Veur, Alyssa 1 0 0 0

28 OLSON, McKinzie 0 0 0 0

Totals......... 19 9 1 1

## Goalie Minutes GA Saves

28 OLSON, McKinzie 90:00 0 5

Shots by period 1 2 Total

Utah 8 3 11

BYU 12 7 19

Corner kicks 1 2 Total

Utah 3 0 3

BYU 2 1 3

Saves by period 1 2 Total

Utah 5 3 8

BYU 4 1 5

Fouls 1 2 Total

Utah 4 0 4

BYU 6 6 12

SCORING SUMMARY

Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description

1. 48:37 BY LARKIN, Katie (10) JANIS, Auna Low blast from left side of box to right post

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS

BY #7 MARSHALL, Jennie Yellow card 49:13

BY #15 KAKADELAS, Kelsea Yellow card 57:26

Officials: Referee: Greg Marshall; Asst. Referee: Omar Mesa; Brian Schumacher; Alt. Official: Jack Young; Timekeeper: Dick Calvert; Scorer: Mark Wasik;

Offsides: Utah 0, BYU 2.

2008 Mountain West Conference Championship Game BYU receives the MWC's NCAA automatic bid

Tags: Results