Cougars drop home opener 2-0 to No. 1 Stanford
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's soccer team lost its home opener 2-0 to No. 1 Stanford on Thursday night at South Field.
“I think there are a lot of positives to take away from the game,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “We really challenged ourselves playing a team like Stanford. Our game plan was to attack against them more than other teams do, and we created some great opportunities. Now we’re to the point where we’ve played some great teams and looked really good, but we’re all about getting results as well.”
The Cardinal (3-0) opened up the scoring in the 35th minute when Catarina Macario received the ball at the top of the box and gathered herself before sending a shot past the diving goalkeeper, Sabrina Macias Davis.
The Cougars (1-2-1) led Stanford 10-7 in shots at the half with Mikayla Colohan leading both teams with four shots. BYU came close to scoring in the 15th minute when Elise Flake received a cross from Rachel Bingham Lyman and headed it just wide of the goal.
In the 59th minute, the Cougars had a chance to equalize on a 3-on-3 fast break down the middle of the field, however, Olivia Wade’s shot attempt went straight into the arms of the keeper.
The Cardinal earned their second goal of the match in the 70th minute when the ball ricocheted off a BYU defender and Jojo Harber drove the deflection into the back of the net.
The Cougars finished the game with game-highs of 18 shots and five on frame while Stanford recorded 16 shots and four on goal. Colohan finished with six shots and Davis played all 90 minutes in goal, snagging two saves.
BYU continues its homestand against Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. MDT. The game will be available to watch on TheW.tv and an audio broadcast will be available on ESPN 960 AM.
BYU hosts No. 1 Stanford and Idaho State
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's soccer team hosts No. 1 Stanford on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. MDT for the home opener and then Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. MDT.
The Cougars (1-1-1) look to bounce back after tying Nebraska 2-2 and falling short 2-0 at No. 9 Texas A&M last week. Against the Huskers, Lizzy Braby and Mikayla Colohan scored late goals in the second half to even the game at 2-all before two scoreless overtime periods. BYU combined for 29 shots and nine on goal in the two games.
Madie Siddoway Gates, Braby and Colohan have all found the back of the net once. Colohan leads the team with 14 shots and four on goal, while Gates has recorded 13 shots and eight on frame. Braby, Elise Flake and Cameron Tucker have each taken five shots in the three games.
Cassidy Smith played all 90 minutes against Texas A&M, tallying two saves in the game for a total of eight saves on the season. Sabrina Macias Davis has played 97 minutes and has two saves.
No. 1 Stanford Storylines
The Cardinal are the 2017 NCAA National Champions after beating UCLA 3-2 and finishing the season with a 22-game win streak. This season, Stanford has claimed wins over UC Davis and San Francisco, scoring five goals in each game.
After losing only three seniors, the Cardinal will turn to sophomore Catarina Macario, who led the nation with 50 points and 16 assists as a freshman in 2017.
Civana Kuhlmann and Macario each have two goals, while five other players have managed to find the back of the net once.
- Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. MDT, at South Field
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Spencer Linton (play-by-play), Natalyn Lewis (analyst), Lauren Francom McClain (sideline)
- Radio: BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Paige Barker (analyst)
The series is tied 3-3 after Stanford beat the Cougars 2-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2015.
Idaho State Storylines
The Bengals fell 2-1 to UTEP in the season opener and then 5-0 to New Mexico. They host Wyoming before traveling to Provo to play the Cougars.
Idaho State returns 17 letterwinners, including six starters. Junior Makena Bambei led the team in 2017 with five goals and one assist for 11 points. Freshman Lauren Bollinger has scored the lone goal this season against UTEP.
- Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. MDT, at South Field
- TV: TheW.tv
- TV Talent: Robbie Bullough (play-by-play)
- Radio: ESPN 960 AM
- Radio Talent: Simulcast of TheW.tv broadcast
BYU leads the series 8-2 with the last competition occurring in 2011. The Cougars grabbed a 3-1 victory in Idaho.