Midfielder Kelsea Kakadelas's strong play has helped the Cougars move to first in the MWC. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- After improving their Mountain West Conference record to 3-0 and posting two more wins at home, the first-place Cougars head on the road to face TCU in Fort Worth on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 12:00 p.m. before heading to Albuquerque to face the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday, Oct. 18, also at 12:00 p.m.
The Cougars are off to their best start in the MWC since going undefeated (8-0) in 2002. The team beat UNLV 1-0 and San Diego State 2-0 to improve to 6-0 at home this season. BYU has outscored conference opponents 8-0, and out-shot them 67 to 27. The team has stiffened their defense and not allowed a goal since Sept. 25. Senior forward Katie Larkin leads the Cougars with six goals. Freshman forward Lauren Anderson has seven assists and four goals. Freshman goalie McKinzie Olson has lowered her season goals-against-average to 0.72.
After beginning the season 8-1-1 in non-conference play, TCU has notched a 2-1-0 record in conference play. The Horned Frogs lost to Wyoming 1-0 and beat Air Force 3-1 last week. The team is led by freshman forward Jordan Calhoun, who has scored 12 goals in 13 games and has two assists. Junior forward Lizzy Karoly has eight goals and five assists in the team’s games.
TCU keepers have only allowed nine goals on the season, helping the team to a 10-2-1 record (2-1-0 MWC).
The Lobos are off to a strong start, with a 7-3-4 record (2-1-0 MWC). The team swept both games they played last week, beating both Wyoming and Air Force by a score of 1-0. Senior forward Hannah Hand has eight assists to lead the team. Sophomore midfielder/forward Alexis Ball, freshman forward Jennifer Williams and freshman defender Zaneta Wyne all have four goals.
Live stat feeds will be available for both games, and an All-Access video feed is available for the TCU game. All feeds can be accessed by visiting www.byucougars.com/soccer_w/.
The Cougars return to South Field on Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m., when they play Air Force. The game will be broadcast live on BYUTV/KBYU.
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