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mperry | Posted: 26 Sep 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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Late goal downs No. 17 BYU

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PROVO, Utah—On a rain-soaked Thursday evening, No. 17 BYU lost on a late goal to No. 19 Denver 1-0.
 
“Denver played well against us and kept us on our heels,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “Obviously it’s very disappointing, giving up a goal in the last few minutes of the game. Unfortunately our players just aren’t playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
 
 
In the 88th minute, Denver's Hermann Trophy candidate forward Kristen Hamilton centered the ball near the top of the 18-yard box for midfielder Nicholette DiGiacomo. DiGiacomo sent a low shot just inside the nearpost to beat BYU goalkeeper Erica Owens for the game-winning goal. 
 
The Cougars attempted to counter in the closing minutes. Forward Jaiden Thornock took the ball up the right side on the Denver half of the field and crossed the ball through the air in front of the goal, but no one on the other end could connect as the clock ticked down.  
 
BYU tallied 10 shots with forward Ashley Hatch leading the team with four. Thornock also had two shots while Owens made four saves in goal.
 
In the first half, neither team was able to score.  The Cougars took seven shots, while the Pioneers had four. Both teams had their closest opportunities in the closing minutes of the half.
 
In the 41st minute, BYU’s Paige Hunt took the set piece and sent it into the box to Rachel Manning on a diagonal run.  Manning headed the ball, redirecting it toward the ground at the goal line, but Denver’s goalkeeper Amelia Davis made the save.
 
The Pioneers countered in the 44th minute as Hamilton’s cross from the left of the goal ended with BYU’s Owens securing the ball.
 
In the second half, BYU was unable to maintain consistent pressure on Denver's defense.
 
“I think we made some good progress in our ability to possess out of the back,” Rockwood said. “We’re just really struggling to keep the ball in our midfield area and that’s not allowing us to get forward in our attack very much.  There’s still a lot to look forward to and we just have to get better each day.”
 
Next up, the Cougars will travel to Waco, Texas, for their last non-conference game against No. 12 Baylor on Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. MDT.
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knielsen | Posted: 23 Sep 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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No. 17 BYU hosts No. 19 Denver

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PROVO, Utah - No. 17 BYU will host the No. 19 Denver Pioneers on Thursday Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. on South Field. It will be the last home game before West Coast Conference play begins.

Last week, BYU (5-2-1) split a pair of games. The Cougars came back from a 2-0 deficit on Thursday by scoring three goals in five minutes to defeat Oklahoma 3-2. On the road, BYU fell to Long Beach State 1-0 on Saturday night.

Denver (7-1-1) lost its first game of the season Sunday on the road to Nebraska. Denver Hermann Trophy candidate Kristen Hamilton set Denver's career scoring mark against Nebraska.

Denver made it to the Sweet 16 in last year's NCAA tournament and the Pioneers were picked to win the Summit League.

BYU's final non-conference game will take place at Baylor on Friday Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. MDT.

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This Thursday will be Date Night at South Field. Cosmo will be in a tux, serving sparkling juice and giving out chocolate-covered strawberries.  At halftime, couples can participate in dating games and a slow dance on the field. All students with IDs can purchase $1 hot chocolate.

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