Team effort gives BYU first win of season
CORVALLIS, Ore. — A team effort led the BYU women’s soccer team to a 3-0 victory for its first win of the season. Elise Flake, Avery Walker and Madie Lyons Mathews each found the back of the net in the win.
“We worked really hard for this one and I think we felt the momentum coming,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “I felt the girls were really prepared today and it showed as we got off to a great start from the whistle.”
The Cougars (1-3-3) put the game away in the first half, scoring all three goals in the first 38 minutes. Against Oregon State (3-2-2), the Cougars matched the number of goals they had previously scored in the last six games combined.
In the third minute, all three forwards connected to produce BYU's first goal of the game. Nadia Gomes received a pass in the middle of the attacking third from Walker and found Flake making a run towards goal. Flake placed her shot just inside the far-post for her first goal of the season.
Walker scored her second goal of the season in the 24th minute when she took on multiple defenders to set herself up for a shot outside the goal box, sliding the ball past the goalkeeper.
Lyons Mathews took the ball straight to goal in the 38th minute, creating her own space for a shot on goal. Mathews scored just outside the eighteen-yard box, finding the bottom left corner for her first goal of the season.
On the night, the Cougars tallied 17 shots compared to the Beavers’ eight. Senior goalkeeper Hannah Clark earned her second shutout of the season with three saves.
The Cougars continue on the road at Arizona on Friday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. MDT. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network. Radio broadcasts can be heard on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM.
Road trip begins for Cougars at Oregon State on Monday
PROVO, Utah — The BYU women's soccer team travels to Oregon as they take on Oregon State on Monday, September 11, at 8 p.m. MDT.
The Cougars (0-3-3) are coming off a 1-1 tie with Deseret First Duel opponent, No. 21 University of Utah. The Utes found the back of the net first in the 31st minute to take a lead going into halftime. In the 57th minute senior forward Nadia Gomes ended BYU's scoring drought. Gomes hustled to get her first goal of the season as she stole the ball from Utah's goalkeeper and scored on an open net. In an evenly matched game, the Utes outshot the Cougars 16 to 14. Senior goalkeeper Hannah Clark recorded a season high eight saves, including one in the final seconds of regular time to send the game into overtime.
Oregon State Storylines
The Beavers are 3-1-2 in the 2017 season after beating Portland State 1-0 in overtime this weekend. Oregon State scored in the 94th minute when Shea O'Connor finished a crossed ball.
Four different Beavers have scored a goal this season, tallying only one more goal than BYU. The defense has only allowed three goals this season, two of which came in their loss to No. 19 Kansas. Oregon State was picked to finish 12th in the Pac-12 preseason poll.
- Monday, September 11 at 8 p.m. MDT, at Paul Lorenz Field
- TV: Pac-12 Network
- TV Talent: Ann Schatz (play-by-play) and Tracey Bailey (analyst)
- Radio: BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Paige Barker (analyst)
BYU leads 2-0 after beating Oregon State 1-0 at South Field in 2015.