(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO, Utah - The BYU women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to a talented University of Miami team from one of the best soccer conferences in the nation, Friday, in front of 4,633 fans at South Field.
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The crowd on Friday is the second largest all-time to attend a game at South Field in BYU women's soccer history.
“It was so great to have so many fans out to support us tonight," said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "Unfortunately, we had a lot of opportunities in the first half but just couldn't quite take care of business. Miami won the game on a great shot. She kept the ball on frame, and we were just missing that great shot tonight.”
Both teams came out strong, in what proved to be a very physical match, with Miami receiving five yellow cards throughout the game.
The Cougar offense had early shots on goal from Auna Doria and Jennie Marshall that fell both high and wide. Sophomore Niki Fernandez connected with a loose ball on the baseline that found the back of the net, but the goal was quickly negated after the sideline referee called the ball out of bounds.
Although the Cougars outshot the Hurricanes 15-9, Miami’s Hannah Moehling was the only one to get on the board with a game-winning shot just inside the 18-yard box in the 70th minute.
Collete Jepson, Doria and Marshall led the attack for BYU with goalkeeper McKinzie Olson posting four saves. Along with Moehling’s goal, Miami keeper Vikki Alonzo pulled out the shutout and six saves.
BYU goes on the road next week to take on Idaho State Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in Pocatello, Idaho.
“Very disappointing, obviously to lose, but to Miami you have to give them a lot of credit. I thought they really did a great job.”
“Miami is a very good team, they’re extremely athletic and quick. We only had three players that were able to get shots off tonight, and that’s a problem, so we'll work on that for next week. We know there's always ways we can improve.”