Two second-half goals push Cougars past Cal Poly

Katie Larkin's Penalty Kick put the Cougars Back in the Game (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

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SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Two goals in a strong second half helped the Cougars overcome a slow start and defeat Cal Poly 2-1 in the season opener for both teams Friday evening.

“We were flat in the first half, and had a poor start,” said head coach Jennifer Rockwood. “Cal Poly dominated the first part of the game and it took us some time to get settled down.”

Cal Poly’s Ashley Vallis scored from right in front of the goal to give the Mustangs the lead at the 38:11 mark in the first half.

Cal Poly took the lead into halftime, but the Cougars came out with a change of plans.

“We switched some things up in the second half,” said Rockwood. “We used some different players and different formations.”

The change resulted in the Cougars out-shooting Cal Poly 8-1 the second half.

Just four minutes after the break, All-American forward senior Katie Larkin was pulled down in the penalty box and converted the ensuing penalty kick opportunity to tie the game at 1-1. That goal was the 27th of Larkin’s career, moving her within one of current team assistant coach Aleisha Rose on the all-time goals scored list at BYU.

Later in the second half, sophomore defender Nicole Urry kicked a free kick to freshman Lauren Anderson who passed the ball forward. Freshman forward Auna Janis took the ball and dribbled down the center of the field and scored the first goal of her young BYU career when she blasted a kick past the Cal Poly keeper from just outside the goal box for the game-winning score.

“Auna and Lauren Anderson came in during the second half and really gave us the spark we needed to get things going,” said Rockwood. “It was a great comeback win for us.”

The win moves the Cougars’ all-time season opener record to 11-2-1.

BYU next takes on LSU on Monday, Aug. 25 in Baton Rouge. The game will start at 7:00 p.m., and a live stat feed and audio feed are available by either visiting www.byucougars.com/soccer_w/ and clicking on the schedule page, or by visiting www.totalsportsradio.com. The live radio feed will begin approximately 15 minutes before game time.

The Cougars open their 2008 home schedule on Friday, Aug. 29 against the University of Georgia. The game will kick off at 7:00 p.m. Arizona visits South Field at 4:00 p.m. on Mon. Sept. 1.

Cougar fans can join the official Women's Soccer texting group by texting the words "WSOC" to the number 83043. Members of the group will receive reminders about game times, information about ticket discounts and other promotions.

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Soccer Box Score (Final)

Brigham Young Univ. vs Cal Poly (Aug 22, 2008 at San Luis Obispo, CA)

Brigham Young Univ. (1-0-0) vs. Goals by period 1 2 Tot

Cal Poly (0-1-0) -------------------------------

Date: Aug 22, 2008 Attendance: 771 Brigham Young Univ.. 0 2 - 2

Weather: 65 F, Clear Cal Poly............ 1 0 - 1

Brigham Young Univ. Cal Poly

Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A Pos ## Player Sh SOG G A

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GK 1 SHELTON, Aleena..... - - - - GK 1 HOOVER, Coral....... - - - -

D 4 COOK, Karen......... 1 - - - D 4 O'HAGAN, Meggie..... - - - -

D 9 DRAEGER, Amanda..... - - - - MF 9 VOEGELE, Carissa.... - - - -

D 10 CARTER, Jessica..... - - - - D 10 CONDON-SHERWOOD, K.. - - - -

D 11 WILLIS, Andrea...... 1 1 - - MF 16 MORALES, Leah....... - - - -

F 12 RIDDLE, Becca....... 1 - - - MF 18 MILLER, Morgan...... 1 - - -

MF 15 KAKADELAS, Kelsea... 2 - - - D 21 O'HAGAN, Cara....... - - - -

MF 18 LARKIN, Katie....... 3 2 1 - F 23 VALLIS, Ashley...... 1 1 1 -

MF 21 CHRISTENSEN, Kassidy - - - - F 24 HEMENEZ, Monica..... - - - -

F 22 HODGKISS, Katie..... - - - - D 25 GRINSTEAD, Julianne. - - - -

D 25 URRY, Nicole........ - - - 1 D 26 ANDREWS, Carrie..... 1 - - -

---------- Substitutes ---------- ---------- Substitutes ----------

3 ANDERSON, Lauren.... 1 - - 1 2 GAUVIN, Brooke...... - - - 1

6 RICHARDSON, Megan... - - - - 3 KELLOGG, Ally....... - - - -

7 MARSHALL, Jennie.... 1 1 - - 8 HEIN, Emily......... 1 1 - -

14 JAMESON, Ashleigh... - - - - 12 WOO, Melissa........ - - - -

16 JANIS, Auna......... 2 1 1 - 15 Gummow, Tiffany..... - - - -

20 DOW-JACKSON, Kristi. - - - - Totals.............. 4 2 1 1

23 VANDER Veur, Alyssa. 1 1 - -

Totals.............. 13 6 2 2

Brigham Young Univ. Cal Poly

## Player MIN GA Saves ## Player MIN GA Saves

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1 SHELTON, Aleena..... 90:00 1 1 1 HOOVER, Coral....... 90:00 2 4

Shots by period 1 2 Tot Saves by period 1 2 Tot

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Brigham Young Univ.. 5 8 - 13 Brigham Young Univ.. 0 1 - 1

Cal Poly............ 3 1 - 4 Cal Poly............ 1 3 - 4

Corner kicks 1 2 Tot Fouls 1 2 Tot

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Brigham Young Univ.. 1 1 - 2 Brigham Young Univ.. 2 5 - 7

Cal Poly............ 0 1 - 1 Cal Poly............ 3 5 - 8

SCORING SUMMARY:

GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description

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1. 38:11 CP VALLIS, Ashley (1) GAUVIN, Brooke cross by 2, hit in at goal face

2. 49:13 BY LARKIN, Katie (1) Penalty kick

3. 69:50 BY JANIS, Auna (1) URRY, Nicole; ANDERSON, Lauren 30 yard run and shot top left corner

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS:

Officials: Referee: Ali Hacock; Asst. Referee: Shahin Torosian; Kyle Kazmer;

Timekeeper: Mike Moreno; Scorer: Andrew Tomsky;

Offsides: Brigham Young Univ. 0, Cal Poly 3.

Tags: Results