Cougars draw 1-1 against Saint Mary’s after late equalizer from Tucker
MORAGA, Calif. — No. 17 BYU women’s soccer tied 1-1 after two overtimes at Saint Mary’s Saturday afternoon.
This was the first double overtime game of the season for the Cougars and the first draw. BYU is now 9-3-1 overall, 5-1-1in WCC play.
“Saint Mary’s was just beating us to the ball and putting more pressure, hitting us hard, and we just couldn't settle the ball down,” said BYU head coach Jen Rockwood. “We’re very fortunate to come up with the tie, but that’s certainly nothing that we’re willing to accept, and we’re disappointed with our performance. We’ll have to get back to work and try and recoup and recover and be ready.”
Cameron Tucker was the only Cougar to score, putting the ball into the net in the 86th minute to tie the game. Tucker is now on a four game goal streak, scoring in every game extending back to the March 24 win at San Diego.
Overall, BYU had 18 shots, eight of those on goal, and nine corner kicks. Saint Mary’s came up with nine total shots, three on goal with one settling in past BYU keeper Cassidy Smith for a goal.
There were no goals scored in the first 45 min of the game, with 11 shots taken by both teams.
BYU started off the game aggressive, quickly securing a corner kick in the third minute. Momentum then shifted in the Gaels’ favor, as their defense took control of the ball.
Tucker had a chance on breakaway in the 28th minute, using her speed to beat a defender and going one on one with the keeper. Tucker shot the ball high over the crossbar and out of play.
BYU had four corner kicks, six shots, and two saves to end the first half.
The 57th minute brought a pause due to a SMC injury. The Cougars took advantage of the brief break, regrouping and getting Mikayla Colohan a shot on goal soon after.
Both teams remained scoreless until the 80th minute. Saint Mary’s then struck first, from a corner kick that deflected off of a BYU defender and into the back of the net.
Tucker followed up in the 86th minute, scoring the Cougar’s only goal of the day, with just four minutes left in regulation time.
BYU had three shots by Tucker, Shepherd and McCarthy in the first overtime.
For the first time in the 2021 season, a second overtime was needed for the Cougars. BYU’s final corner kick, in the 109th minute, fell short, ending the game 1-1.
The Cougars will remain on the road for their next two games, traveling to Pepperdine April 10 and 12. Kickoff will begin at 1 p.m. PDT April 10 and 3 p.m. PDT April 12. Both games will be available on BYU Radio.
Cougars on the road for Santa Clara, Saint Mary's
PROVO, Utah – No. 17 BYU women's soccer will head on the road for matchups against No. 9 Santa Clara on Wednesday, March 31 and Saint Mary’s on Saturday, April 3.
Wednesday’s matchup against Santa Clara will be the two team’s second meeting this season. The game will not be counted as a West Coast Conference game. The start is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT at Stevens Stadium in California. Radio coverage will be on BYU Sports Network—BYU Radio 107.9 FM with audio play-by-play also streaming on the BYU Cougars app and at BYUCougars.com/LiveRadio. Saturday’s game against Saint Mary’s is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT at Saint Mary’s Stadium, with radio coverage on the BYU Cougars App. Both games will be available for streaming on the WCC Network.
IN THE RANKINGS. After consecutive shutouts against San Diego and Gonzaga, BYU is ranked No. 17 in the National Soccer Coaches Association Poll. In the TopDrawerSoccer national rankings, BYU is ranked No. 22.
LAST TIME ON THE FIELD. BYU won its fourth straight match on Saturday with a 4-0 shutout of Gonzaga at South Field. The Cougars were on the attack from the moment they stepped on the pitch, with Makaylie Call opening the scoring for BYU with a goal in the 10th minute off an assist from Cameron Tucker. Jamie Shepherd scored off another assist from Tucker in the 25th minute, putting BYU up 2-0 going into the half. Mikayla Colohan scored in the 49th minute off an assist from Rachel McCarthy, with Tucker scoring the final goal of the afternoon in the 67th minute to put the Zags away.
No. 17 BYU (8-3-0, 5-1-0 WCC) at No. 9 Santa Clara (5-0-0, 5-0-0 WCC)
- Wednesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. PT, at Stevens Stadium
- Streaming: WCC Network
- Radio: BYU Sports Network/BYU Cougars App/107.9 FM
- Radio play-by-play: Greg Wrubell
THE BRONCOS. In the National Soccer Coaches Association Poll, Santa Clara is ranked No. 9. They are No. 16 in the TopDrawerSoccer national ranking. Santa Clara is currently undefeated on the season, and coming off a 4-0 shutout over Pacific. The Broncos scored three goals in the first half and added their final goal of the match in the 64th minute, while outshooting Pacific 17-3.
COUGARS VS. BRONCOS. Despite controlling possession for much of the match, BYU gave up a late goal and fell to Santa Clara 2-1 on March 13 at a snowy South Field. The Cougars struck first with a successful penalty kick from Colohan. After the score was knotted at one for most of the match, the Broncos’ Julie Doyle found a hole in the Cougar defense and scored the deciding goal in the 88th minute. The Cougars are 2-8-5 all-time against the Broncos.
No. 17 BYU (8-3-0, 5-1-0 WCC) at Saint Mary’s (1-4-2, 1-3-1 WCC)
- Saturday, April 3, at 1 p.m. PT, at Saint Mary’s Stadium
- Streaming: WCC Network
- Radio: BYU Cougars App
- Radio play-by-play: Greg Wrubell
THE GAELS. Saint Mary’s began its season with three ties, and has a single win this season, which came on March 13 against San Diego. The Gaels’ latest matchup was against Gonzaga, a 1-0 loss. Saint Mary’s takes on San Francisco on Tuesday, March 30 before facing BYU.
COUGARS VS. GAELS. The last time the Cougars and Gaels met was on Oct. 18, 2019, when BYU had a commanding 8-0 shutout over Saint Mary’s. BYU’s scoring was wire-to-wire, with the Cougars adding two goals in the last two minutes of play. The Cougars are 9-0-1 all-time against the Gaels.