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Why BYU Women's Soccer

South Field

South Field is the place the Cougars love to call home, and a home all opponents hate to visit. For the past ten years, South Field has been the battlefield for BYU as the team has taken on and defeated top teams in their conference and in the NCAA.

The Cougars have been particularly tough at home over the last four seasons (2012-15). During that span, BYU has gone 41-5-3, for a winning percentage of .867. In 2015, the Cougars were perfect at South Field, winning all 11 home games.

Located just south of the Smith Fieldhouse, South Field boasts one of the best-maintained grass playing surfaces in the NCAA. The Wasatch Mountains serve as a scenic backdrop for the capacity crowd of 4,200 fans. South Field is also equipped with state-of-the-art field lights, making night games a favorite among fans.

Fan Support

BYU has consistently been tops in the nation with average home attendance. South Field was the top home venue in college women's soccer in terms of total attendance (38,466) and attendance per game (3,497) in 2015. BYU broke program records for single game attendance in 2015 when it hosted Colorado (5,589) and then again when it hosted Utah (5,620).

Winning Tradition

In 2015, BYU won its fourth-straight conference championship for the second time in program history. The Cougars are one of just four team in the nation that currently have a streak of winning four or more regular season conference titles in a row. BYU won one WAC championship and eight MWC championships, and has now won four WCC championships.

Through 21 seasons as a program, BYU has made the NCAA Tournament 17 times, including four trips in a row. The Cougars have made it to the Elite Eight twice.

Coaching Staff

Entering her 22nd year, BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood has seen her team go from a new varsity sport to one of the premier programs in the nation. Among her accomplishments are 20 winning seasons in 21 years, 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and two Elite Eight teams. She's won 13 conference championships. She was the 16th Division I coach to win 300 games, and just one of three coaches to start a program and stay with it for 300 wins. Her career record entering 2015 is 337-97-38 (.754).

Associate head coach Chris Watkins brings extensive coaching and playing experience to the team, having played semi-professional soccer for the Salt Lake City Flamengo team and on the college level at Drake University. He coached the men's club teams to four straight collegiate national club championships from 1996-99, compiling an overall record of 132-28-12 in nine years. Coach Watkins led BYU in gaining a franchise in the United Soccer Leagues, the first Professional Franchise ever purchased by a collegiate institution. He's coached at BYU for 21 years.

Assistant coach Aleisha Rose was one of the most accomplished players in BYU history, ranking 11th all-time in goals (28), first all-time in assists (47) and fifth all-time in points (103). She was an NSCAA All-American three times (2000, 2002 and 2003). Rose is entering her 12th season as an assistant coach.

Athletic Training

BYU has a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center with nearly 10,000 feet of working space that ranks among the nation's best. It features 106 stations to accommodate both female and male athletes.

BYU's strength and conditioning staff includes certified athletic trainers, a sports physical therapist, a team physician, team orthopedic surgeons and a wide variety of other medical specialists. The staff has experienced excellent results through its computer-analyzed combination of a strict weight and conditioning program, a carefully planned diet and sufficient rest.

University

Brigham Young University, the largest private university in the nation, has an outstanding academic reputation and a high commitment to athletics.

Academics

BYU has an impressive track record of academic excellence, and is consistently one of women's soccers top schools in terms of all-conference and all-NCAA scholars. With 14 players on the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll for 2015-16, more than half of the players earning varsity letters had GPAs of better than 3.00.

Exposure

Each BYU women's soccer game is broadcast on local and national platforms. BYUtv broadcasts nearly all of the team's home games and reaches tens of millions of viewers throughout the world. Other games are televised through ESPN's family of networks, the WCC's streaming platform (theW.tv) and opponents' television platforms and streams. Through the Cougar IMG Sports Network, BYU games can be heard via radio broadcast on BYUCougars.com, BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and locally on ESPN 960 AM.

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