Hatch, Medeiros lead Cougars to 3-0 road victory
DALLAS -- Three second half goals from Ashley Hatch and Elena Medeiros gave BYU a 3-0 victory over SMU on Saturday.
Both Hatch and Medeiros scored for the second straight game and gave the Cougars (6-3-2) their fifth straight win. The Mustangs fell to 5-6-0 on the season.
"SMU was very low pressure in the first half and we were having to play a lot more defense than we would have liked," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "I told the girls that we've got to get back to those basics of working hard and playing harder. I thought the girls did a good job of doing that right from the kickoff in the second half."
It took 66 minutes, but Medeiros broke the stalemate with a pass from Michele Murphy that slotted her to the left side of the penalty area. Medeiros found an angle on the keeper and put it away for a 1-0 lead.
Hatch followed the assist with a penalty kick she earned going away from goal in the penalty area. She put it away for a 2-0 advantage. Three minutes later, Hatch found an opening off a pass from Medeiros and put it away for the final 3-0 margin.
In the first half, the Cougars outshot the Mustangs 5-3, but both sides put two shots on goal. Nimmer led BYU with three shots, putting one on goal. Nadia Gomes came on and immediately tried to flick a ball past SMU's keeper, but it didn't find the net.
It was also senior goalkeeper Katherine Snyder's second solo shutout of the season as she went all 90 minutes and held SMU scoreless on seven shots and three on goal. The Cougars finished with 15 shots and four corner kicks, as SMU finished with just seven and two.
"It feels good to get a couple wins on the road," Rockwood said. "We've got to get results from here on out, for sure, if we want to accomplish some of our goals."
BYU will being West Coast Conference play on the road against San Diego on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. PDT.
Cougars take win streak on the road
PROVO, Utah – BYU women's soccer takes its three-game winning streak on the road to face Denver on Thursday and SMU Saturday.
The Cougars (4-3-2) play the Pioneers (4-4-1) at 7 p.m. MDT on Thursday, Sept. 25. The game will be televised on Altitude 2 and can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on BYUCougars.com and the BYU Cougars app. An additional pay video stream can be found on DenverPioneers.com/collegesportslive.
The Cougars have won three straight beating Long Beach State 2-0, Oregon 2-1 and Colorado College 4-0. Forwards Ashley Hatch and Niki Fernandes have each scored two goals in a game in that span, while forwards Michele Murphy and Madie Lyons scored their first goals of the season last week. BYU has shut out its opponent in two of the past three games and four times this season.
Denver is led in scoring by Sandy, Utah, native Jocelyn Loomis with three goals. The Pioneers have won their past two games against Iowa State and San Francisco.
On Saturday, Sept. 27, BYU plays SMU (5-4-0) in Dallas at 7 p.m. CDT. The game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network and a pay video stream can be found at SMUMustangs.com/collegesportslive.
The Mustangs are led by freshman Lauren Guerra who scored two goals against Gonzaga to help the Mustangs win 2-1 in overtime. Guerra also scored the gamewinner against Colorado State. Her three goals lead the team. SMU has won three of its past four games and will play at Houston on Thursday before hosting BYU on Saturday.