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Joseph Hovey | Posted: 6 Oct 2021 | Updated: 21 Oct 2021
Joseph Hovey

BYU blanks Saint Mary's 7-0 with Tucker's historic night

BYU women's soccer player Cameron Tucker celebrates a goal in BYU's win over Saint Mary's
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PROVO, Utah — Cameron Tucker etched her place in the record books as she scored a career-high four goals and powered No. 20 BYU women’s soccer (7-3-1, 2-0) to a 7-0 win over Saint Mary’s at South Field on Wednesday night.

With her performance against the Gaels, Tucker joins BYU legends Shauna Rohbock, Jenni Willardson and Bobbi Tillotson as the only players in program history to record a four-goal game. Tillotson was the last to record the four-goal feat in a 6-0 win over Air Force on Oct. 13, 2005.

“She’s dangerous,” said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood of Tucker. “She’s proven that when we can get her the ball face forward, she’s able to finish. She has a lot more in her. We’ll continue to try to find her.”

Tucker’s four-goal performance also moved her into the top-10 all-time at BYU in career goals scored. The senior forward from Highland, Utah is now tied with Michelle Jensen Peterson for ninth all-time at 36 career goals. Teammate Mikayla Colohan is currently fourth in program history with 43.

“It means a lot,” said Tucker of her place in the record books. “You dream about this. It’s just awesome.”

Saint Mary’s tested the BYU defense early with a corner kick and shot right off the hop in the fourth and fifth minutes, respectively. Staunch protection from BYU defenders Laveni Vaka and Olivia Smith kept the Gaels at bay, as did a key save from goalie Cassidy Smith in the 13th minute.

BYU gradually ramped up its attack and broke through when Tucker diced up the defense on route to her first goal of the night in the 21st minute. Ten minutes later, Tucker would strike again when she dispossessed a Saint Mary’s defender and found the back of the net to put the Cougars up 2-0.

Olivia Smith joined the Cougars’ scoring attack in the 42nd minute as she floated a shot just over the fingertips of the Saint Mary's keeper into the upper left corner of the net for her first BYU career goal.

Following a 3-0 half time advantage, the Cougars let loose another flurry of shots in the second half with goals from Tucker in the 56th and 62nd minutes, followed by a goal from Ellie Maughan in the 81st minute. The last goal of the night occurred in the last 30 seconds of the match off a header from Caroline Stringfellow, with an assist from Tara Warner.

For the game, BYU recorded 20 shots with 12 on goal to the Gaels’ five shots with two on goal. Saint Mary’s entered South Field on Wednesday having allowed just five goals all season.

“This was a great team effort all around,” Rockwood said. “I feel like last week at Gonzaga, we slipped a little bit in the second half and didn’t keep our composure. Tonight, we played a full 90 minutes. We’re getting better with each game.”

BYU continues WCC play as San Diego invades South Field on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. MDT. Tune into the Cougars’ matchup with the Toreros on the BYU Sports Network – BYU Radio 107.9 FM/BYU Cougars App, and the BYUtv app.


Lauren Bosco | Posted: 4 Oct 2021 | Updated: 16 Oct 2021
Lauren Bosco

Cougars to host Saint Mary’s after big win at Gonzaga

BYU vs Saint Mary's game info

PROVO, Utah — No. 20 BYU women's soccer will host Saint Mary's this week on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at South Field.

Wednesday’s matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m. MDT on or the BYUtv app. The game will also be carried live on the BYU Sports Network — BYU Radio 107.9 FM/BYU Cougars App.

IN THE RANKINGS. Unranked for the past two weeks, BYU is now listed at No. 20 in this week's NCAA DI women's soccer poll.

LAST TIME ON THE FIELD. At Gonzaga, BYU won its first West Coast Conference game of the season with a dominating 6-1 victory over the No. 16 Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 2 (goals by Brecken Mozingo (2), Bella Folino, Cameron Tucker, Mikayla Colohan and Rachel McCarthy). It was also the Cougars’ first road win of the season. BYU owned 51 percent of the possession in the game, and outshot Gonzaga 22-14, with a 14-5 advantage in shots on goal. Saturday's offensive performance by the Cougars resulted in the Bulldogs being outshot by an opponent for the first time this season.

WCC WEEKLY AWARDS. Mozingo won this week's West Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week award on Monday. This award marked the third WCC weekly honor collected by BYU for the 2021 season and second-ever individual career honor for Mozingo.

No. 20 BYU (6-3-1, 1-0-0 WCC) vs Saint Mary's (7-1-2, 1-0-0 WCC)

  • Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. MDT at South Field
  • Streaming: app
  • Radio: BYU Sports Network/BYU Cougars App/107.9 FM
  • Radio play-by-play: Greg Wrubell

THE GAELS. Saint Mary's is 7-1-2 following a 2-0 win over the University of San Francisco in its WCC opener. The Gaels didn't get on the scoreboard until the second half, with goals from AnnaMaria DiGeronimo and Emily Jensen in the 70th and 75th minutes respectively, to get the victory in the conference opener. The Gaels' only loss of the season came from a road game, losing 2-1 to UC Davis. In the 22nd minute of the match, junior midfielder Suzana Shibukawa struck first with a header, but the Gaels would later get scored on twice in the second half. Five teams in the WCC won their WCC season-opener, with both the Gaels and the Cougars on that list.

COUGARS VS. GAELS. The Cougars have never lost to the Gaels, but the two programs have tied twice (BYU is 9-0-2). The largest margin of victory occurred in 2019 when the Cougars shut out the Gaels 8-0. The 2019 performance by BYU is tied for fourth place in all-time goals scored in a single game for BYU. 


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