No. 7 BYU stays undefeated with 2-0 win over No. 14 Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kansas – The No. 7 BYU women’s soccer team rallied in the second half to take a 2-0 victory over No. 14 Kansas Thursday night at Rock Chalk Park.
"This was a fantastic women's college soccer game and we were really challenged," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "I am impressed with our team and how we started off and how we had to fight through at the end to hold off a surge that Kansas had. It was a great game tonight."
Statistically, the Cougars (7-0) outplayed the Jayhawks (7-2) in the first half with BYU getting nine shots off compared to Kansas’ three.
In the 40th minute, Sabrina Davis tallied her second save of the game as a Jayhawk player got a shot on goal and forced Davis to make an impressive diving save to keep the game scoreless.
The Cougars responded strong in the second half as Cameron Tucker set up Elise Flake for a goal in the 46th minute to give BYU a 1-0 advantage.
Mikayla Colohan followed with a goal of her own in the 48th minute as she found the back of the net from outside the 18-yard box, extending the Cougars lead to 2-0.
In the final minutes of the game, the BYU defense held off the Kansas pressure to extend its shutout streak to five games.
The Cougars recorded 16 shots and five corner kicks while the Jayhawks tallied 12 and six, respectively. Davis tallied four saves on the night.
The Cougars continue on the road as they travel to Kansas State on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. CDT. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+ and audio broadcasts can be heard on 107.9 FM and ESPN 960 AM/ESPN 960 App.
- Cameron Tucker’s first assist this season set up Elise Flake for her seventh goal of the season and 27th in her career.
- Mikayla Colohan has now scored three goals this season, bringing her total as a Cougar to 11.
- Defensively, BYU has recorded six shutouts this season while only allowing a single goal.
No. 7 BYU plays at No. 14 Kansas and Kansas State
PROVO, Utah – The No. 7 BYU women's soccer team continues on the road at No. 14 Kansas on Thursday, Sept. 19 and Kansas State on Saturday, Sept. 21.
IN THE RANKINGS. With the announcement of the United Soccer Coaches and Top Drawer Soccer polls for this week, the Cougars moved up to No. 7 in both polls. BYU has also consistently held the top spot in the United Soccer Coaches West Region poll.
LAST TIME ON THE FIELD. The Cougars were led by a strong defense as senior defender Danika Serassio scored her first career goal in the 64th minute against Utah Valley on Monday night, giving BYU a 1-0 victory. Goalkeeper Sabrina Davis tallied four saves to lead the defense to its fourth-consecutive shutout and fifth of the season.
UNDEFEATED HISTORY. It has been 14 years since the Cougars have started a season 6-0. In 2005, BYU went on to have a 15-2-4 overall record, but lost a heartbreaker against Weber State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
THE STRENGTH OF THE DEFENSE. In six games played, the Cougars have only allowed one goal, a penalty kick against Mississippi State. Davis leads the defense in goal with a .929 save percentage, ranking her third in the nation. As a team, BYU is tied for second in goals against average (.200) and second in save percentage (.929).
No. 7 BYU (6-0-0, 0-0-0 WCC) @ No. 14 KANSAS (7-1-0, 0-0-0 Big 12)
- Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. CDT, at Rock Chalk Park
- Television: ESPN+
- TV Talent: Josh Klingler (play-by-play) and Huw Williams (analyst)
- Radio: BYU Sports Network/BYU Cougars App/107.9 FM and ESPN 960 AM/ESPN 960 AM App
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Avery Walker (analyst)
THE JAYHAWKS. Kansas is looking to improve its win-streak to four games as the Jayhawks have most recently beaten Purdue, Northwestern and Western Michigan. The only loss of the season came at DePaul, with Kansas falling short 1-0. The Jayhawk defense has only allowed three goals this season while the offense is led by Katie McClure's seven goals and three assists.
COUGARS VS. JAYHAWKS. The Cougars lead the series 3-1 with their most recent win coming in 2017 as BYU took a 3-2 victory at South Field.
No. 7 BYU (6-0-0, 0-0-0 WCC) @ KANSAS STATE (2-4-2, 0-0-0 Big 12)
- Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. CDT, at Buser Family Park
- Television: ESPN+
- Radio: 107.9 FM and ESPN 960 AM/ESPN 960 AM App
- Radio Talent: Jason Shepherd (play-by-play) and Avery Walker (analyst)
THE WILDCATS. Kansas State's pair of wins this season came against South Dakota State and Tulsa as the Wildcats won 2-0 in both matches. On Sept. 12, Kansas State fell short, 3-2, to the West Coast Conference's Gonzaga. Laramie Hall and Katie Cramer have scored three goals apiece to lead the Wildcats.
COUGARS VS. WILDCATS. This will be the first meeting between BYU and Kansas State.