No.14 Soccer Seeks MWC Crown

BYU looks to win this week's MWC tourney and gain an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The No. 14 Cougars head to Las Vegas, Nev. this week to the campus of UNLV for the 2005 Mountain West Conference Championships. Seeded No. 3 in the league, BYU (15-1-3, 4-1-2) will face No. 6 San Diego State in the first round Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (MDT), before a possible semifinal matchup with second-seeded UNLV or seventh-seeded TCU. The winner of the MWC crown earns an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

Live stats for BYU's games will be available at Go Cougars!. Saturday's championship game will be replayed via tape delay on CSTV nationally Sunday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. (MDT).

BYU's offensive attack is overwhelming for opponents, as ten Cougars have earned five or more points. Jaime Rendich Beck is a force to be reckoned with, netting ten goals and accumulating seven assists on the season. Rendich Beck's sidekick is Bobbi Tillotson, who has scored six goals and posted seven assists of her own. Following close behind is Katie Larkin and Jessica Aquino, recording 13 points and 12 points, respectively. Annie Zwahlen has earned 9 points on three goals and three assists. Natalie Nate and Carolyn Swenson have each amassed seven points, while Brooke Thulin has earned six points. Goalkeeper Erika Woodbury protects the net, saving the ball 47 times in over 1,600 minutes of action.

Erika Sutton and Jen Mello are a dominant duo for SDSU, with Sutton scoring four goals and assisting for nine others, and Mello finding the back of the net for seven goals and earning one assist. Splitting time in the net, goalkeepers Cat Burson and Christi Yount have a combined 96 saves on the season.