Tatiana Littlefield | Posted: 14 Jan 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

2018 Season Review

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PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's soccer team completed the 2018 season with a 13-5-1 overall record and another West Coast Conference Championship after earning an 8-1 record.

Head coach Jennifer Rockwood is now a six-time coach of the year after leading her team to a successful season, bouncing back from a 7-8-4 overall record in 2017. This is the third time she earned the honors from the WCC (2012, 14, 18). 

Sophomore Mikayla Colohan headlined the postseason awards after being named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Second Team. Colohan becomes the 24th Cougar to receive United Soccer Coaches/NSCAA All-America honors after recording seven assists and five goals in 2018. She tallied 82 shots to lead the WCC. The midfielder also earned All-WCC First Team, All-West Region First Team and WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention.

Junior forward Elise Flake led the BYU offense with 14 goals and five assists for a total of 33 points. She took 55 shots on the season and tallied 1,230 minutes on the field while playing in all 19 games. She acquired multiple awards throughout the season as well: United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Third Team, Scholar All-West Region First Team, All-West Region First Team, All-WCC First Team, WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention and WCC Player of the Week (10/1).

Multiple other players collected awards throughout the 2018 season.

Rachel Bingham Lyman and Alyssa Jefferson were named to the All-WCC Second Team and earned All-Academic Honorable Mention honors. Lyman also received All-West Region First Team honors as she tallied six assists and one goal. Her goal aided the Cougars to top nationally ranked Santa Clara at South Field for the WCC title.

Goalkeeper Sabrina Macias Davis received All-West Region Second Team Honors, WCC Honorable Mention and was named WCC Player of the Week (10/29) after earning shutouts against San Francisco and No. 6 Santa Clara. On the season, she tallied 51 saves and played a part in all six shutouts recorded.

Senior captain Madie Siddoway Gates was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Second Team. Gates played in all 19 games and recorded five goals and two assists.

Freshmen Olivia Wade and Bella Folino shined in their debut season. Wade was on the WCC Honorable Mention list and Folino joined Wade on the All-WCC Freshman Team. Wade anchored the midfield and added one goal. Folino found the back of the net six times while adding three assists for a total of 15 points.

In preseason play, the Cougars went 5-4-1 after beating Cal State Fullerton, Idaho State, Utah, Marquette and Utah Valley. BYU's 10-0 win over Idaho State was the second highest number of goals scored in a single match in program history.

WCC action was highlighted by the Cougars' 2-0 win over No. 6 Santa Clara. Colohan found the back of the net early in the second half and Lyman's goal in the second half secured the win as BYU went on to win the conference title.

The league title gave the Cougars an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. At the time, BYU was ranked 24th in the nation and had to travel to TCU in the First Round. Flake scored in the 23rd minute but the Horned Frogs managed to score back-to-back goals in the second half to take the win.

The Cougars lose Gates as the only senior and Wade to a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, eight new athletes will join the squad after signing with BYU in December.

Spring competition will kick off in February with game information being announced at a later date.