BYU secures first-time victory at Santa Clara
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – No. 16 BYU women’s soccer was victorious for the first time in team history at Santa Clara, defeating the Broncos 2-1 Wednesday night and handing the No. 9 Broncos their first loss of the season.
Cameron Tucker scored the game-winning goal in the 57th minute to give BYU the win.
“We’ve put ourselves out there and chose to go out on the road and challenge ourselves,” said BYU head coach Jen Rockwood. “This is where we feel like that experience has paid off, to come in on the road and play a top-10 team and get the result we got. We’ve found our confidence and our rhythm.”
The matchup between the Cougars and the Broncos was a non-conference game. It was the second game of the season between the Cougars and Broncos, after Santa Clara scored a game-winner in the 87th minute at South Field on March 13.
Santa Clara came out strong early in Wednesday’s game, striking first in the fifth minute, with a goal by Izzy D'aquila.
The Cougars quickly warmed up and got back into their attack. Mikayla Colohan answered back with a goal in the 11th minute. The All-American has scored in nine consecutive games, tying the BYU record with Shauna Rohbock in 1996-97 for the most consecutive games with a score. Colohan now has 11 goals in the season.
The remainder of the half was quiet for both teams. Not only were the Cougars and Broncos tied at 1-1 at the half, but both teams had five shots a piece in the first 45 minutes of play.
In the 57th minute, Brecken Mozingo sprung Tucker between two defenders with a quick one-touch pass. The goalkeeper came out to challenge, and Tucker snuck the ball under the outstretched arms of the keeper and into the back of the net. The senior now has six goals on the season and has played a significant role in the last three games, scoring in each of the last three and adding three assists.
BYU had a few opportunities for a third goal to pull away, including a drive from Rachel McCarthy that ultimately came up short, and a shot from Mozingo that went directly into Santa Clara’s keeper. Kendell Peterson shot off the crossbar in the 79th minute to almost give BYU a two-goal cushion.
The Broncos continued to apply pressure on the Cougars, but BYU was strong on both sides of the field, ultimately outshooting the Broncos 12-7, with five shots on goal to Santa Clara’s two.
“It was a very physical game and quite a battle on both teams,” Rockwood said. “They gave everything they’ve got and you could tell players were spent. Santa Clara has such a great attacking play and are especially dangerous by not backing down. It was just a great soccer match tonight.”
BYU will remain in California to take on Saint Mary’s on Saturday, April 3rd at 1 p.m. PT at Saint Mary’s Stadium. Radio coverage will be on the BYU Cougars App, with video streaming on the WCC Network.
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.