After its two losses on the road, the BYU women’s soccer team has returned home and is ready to work out some kinks and play in front of its loyal fans as the team faces the University of Idaho today at 7 p.m. on the South Field.
“We are excited to get out on the practice field and fix our mistakes,” said senior goalkeeper McKinzie Olson. “It’s always fun to play in front of home crowds, family and friends especially after two tough road losses. We love our fans, so it is great to be able to play in front of them.”
Before BYU plays the Vandals, head coach Jennifer Rockwood said the team has some consistency problems the Cougars need to resolve.
“We have got some things to figure out,” Rockwood said. “We have been a little inconsistent this year and have yet to put together a starting group of players who have been able to find that consistency. We still have a lot of work to do we just have to find a way to be more consistent.”
Since Olson is able to see the entire field, she said a key aspect of obtaining this kind of consistency is being able to use quick, simple passes.
“The No. 1 thing that we need to focus on is just playing simple two-touch soccer,” Olson said. “We don’t play as well when we hold the ball for too long and that was definitely our downfall against University of Oklahoma. We need to get the ball in and out as quick as possible.”
The University of Idaho comes to Provo after its recent 2-1 loss in overtime against Washington State (6-2-1).
After this loss, the Vandals season record fell to 3-4-2.
The Cougars are currently ranked No. 23, falling three spots after their two most recent road losses, and now have a 4-3-2 season record.
BYU hasn’t lost two games in a row since 2008 when they lost three games in a row.
Fans who aren’t able to make it to the game can watch it live on BYUtv and online at byutv.org/live.