No. 5 BYU plays to a 0-0 stalemate with No. 20 Santa Clara
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – No. 5 BYU women’s soccer played to a stalemate with No. 20 Santa Clara on the road Saturday in a 0-0 draw.
"After a tough loss on Thursday, we certainly bounced back against a quality team," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "We got great minutes from a lot of people after just a day off and battled a good team to a draw."
In the first half, BYU’s best chance came off a ball played from Madie Lyons to Nadia Gomes behind the defense. Gomes missed right of the post. In the second half, Michele Murphy Vasconcelos had a look late in the 88th minute but couldn’t beat the keeper to the near post.
In overtime, Santa Clara’s Jenna Holtz hit the crossbar on a shot from outside the area in the 100th minute. BYU found Gomes inside the 6-yard box but she couldn’t find an opening to put a shot on goal. Bizzy Phillips’ shot from 30 yards out forced a save from Santa Clara’s Andi Tostanoski in the 105th minute.
BYU goalkeeper Rachel Boaz made four saves, but was active patrolling her area all game making sliding saves outside the 6-yard box in both halves to prevent goal scoring chances. It is the eighth shutout of the season for Boaz and 11th for the team this year.
Santa Clara out shot BYU 17-11, but the Cougars found just as many chances on frame as did the Broncos with four. Santa Clara earned one more corner kick than BYU at 6-5.
Gomes led the BYU attack with seven shots. Elena Medeiros took two shots and put one on goal. Vasconcelos and Jocelyn Loomis each put their only shot on goal.
BYU returns home to finish the conference season with games against Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary’s over the next two weeks.
The Cougars host Pepperdine on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv and can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, ESPN 960 AM, BYU Radio and Sirius XM 143.
No. 5 Cougars face San Francisco, No. 20 Santa Clara
BYU vs. Santa Clara Game Notes
PROVO, Utah – No. 5 BYU women’s soccer heads to the Bay Area to face two teams tied for second place in the West Coast Conference on Thursday and Saturday.
The Cougars (12-1-1, 4-0-0) play San Francisco (9-3-3, 3-1-0) on Thursday at 7 p.m. PDT. The game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, ESPN 960 AM, BYU Radio and Sirius XM 143. It will also be streamed on TheW.tv.
BYU faces No. 20 Santa Clara (10-5-0, 3-1-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m. PDT. The game will be streamed on TheW.tv.
The Cougars improved to 4-0-0 in conference with a 2-0 win over Pacific on Saturday. Goals from Michele Murphy Vasconcelos and Nadia Gomes led the way for BYU as the team recorded its eighth straight shutout at South Field.
BYU has allowed four goals this season which is tied for the second fewest in the nation with West Virginia and Rutgers and only trails Cornell.
So far this season, BYU is 4-1-1 in road games and has won three straight.
San Francisco is led by WCC Player of the Week Sonja Giraud and Samantha Jennings on offense. Both players have scored five goals this season and two in WCC play. In goal, Madalyn Schiffel leads the WCC in shutouts with eight. The Dons lost to LMU, but beat Santa Clara, Pepperdine and Gonzaga.
Santa Clara has won three straight WCC games after losing the opener to San Francisco. The Broncos also lost to Cal 1-0 last Thursday. Seven different Broncos have scored multiple goals this season, while Andi Tostanoski has recorded seven shutouts and allows 0.54 goals per game.