LOS ANGELES – Michele Vasconcelos put the only goal on the board early as No. 5 BYU beat Loyola Marymount 1-0 Thursday night at Sullivan Field.
"This was a great win on the road against a really good team," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "We combined really well in the attack today but were a little off target in front of the goal."
The Cougars improved their unbeaten streak to 11 games and notched their eighth shutout of the season in the win.
BYU improved to 11-1-1 (2-0-1 West Coast Conference), as the Lions fell to 7-3-3 (2-1-0).
In the ninth minute, Vasconcelos used a give-and-go to Nadia Gomes to give the Cougars' the advantage. Vasconcelos passed to Gomes at the top of the 18-yard box, who punched a leading pass inside the right corner of the box. Vasconcelos circled around Gomes, possessed the pass, took a dribble and booted it past the arm of LMU keeper Charlee Pruitt to give BYU its eventual winning score of 1-0.
It was the eighth goal of the season for Vasconcelos and ninth assist for Gomes, a MAC Hermann Trophy candidate.
BYU was the aggresor for most of the game, with 16 shots and 10 on goal compared to LMU's 10 shots and four on goal.
The Cougars stay in Southern California to take on No. 25 Pepperdine on Saturday at 1 p.m. PDT. The matchup will feature the only two ranked teams in the WCC. A radio broadcast of the game will be available on ESPN 960 AM, and a video stream can be viewed at TheW.tv.
PROVO, Utah – No. 5 BYU women's soccer heads to Southern California to take on Loyola Marymount on Thursday and No. 25 Pepperdine on Saturday.
The Cougars (10-1-1) are riding an unbeaten streak of 10 games and started their conference slate with a 0-0 tie against Santa Clara and 4-0 win over San Francisco. Against the Dons, Ashley Hatch had her second hat trick of the year and increased her nation-leading goal total to 15.
BYU has already faced two ranked teams in road games this season, passing tests against both No. 5 Penn State (3-2 win) and No. 19 Ohio State (3-0 win).
The Lions (7-2-3) come in with a seven-game unbeaten streak of their own. They began West Coast Conference play with back-to-back wins over Gonzaga and Portland. Sophomore forward Sarina Bolden leads LMU with five goals, while junior midfielder Maddie Medved has four goals and a team-leading four assists.
At Sullivan Field, the Lions are unbeaten this year with a 4-0-2 record.
- Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. PDT at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles.
- TV: ESPNU and ESPN 3
- Radio: Cougar IMG Network, BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Colette Smith (analyst)
The Cougars lead the all-time series 6-1, with a 5-0 edge since joining the WCC. Nadia Gomes scored both goals for BYU in a 2-0 win in Provo last season.
The Waves (6-3-3) are the only other ranked team in the WCC. They've opened up conference play with a 1-0-1 record, and beat Gonzaga 5-0 on Sunday. Senior forward Rylee Baisden and freshman midfielder Nicole Leggio both have four goals for Pepperdine.
Prior to hosting the Cougars, the Waves will take on San Diego on Thursday at home.
- Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. PDT at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, California.
- Video Stream: TheW.tv
- Radio: ESPN 960 AM
- Radio Talent: Robbie Bullough (play-by-play) and Colette Smith (analyst)