Women’s soccer primed for another season

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With nine returning seniors, the BYU women’s soccer team is poised to make another splash in the college soccer universe this season.  Following last season’s early exit in the NCAA tournament, Coach Jennifer Rockwood has her team focused on showing the world why BYU led the nation in overall attendance in 2011.

“I think everyone on our team knows what we are capable of doing,” Rockwood said. “But it comes down to proving it in competition and making every second count.”

One of the aspects of the Cougars’ game that has proven dominant over the years is their defense.  Despite the graduation of four year starting goalkeeper and BYU’s career saves leader McKinzie Olson, two-time All-American Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall looks to lead another stingy defense.

The new keeper is Erica Owens, an athletic 5-11 junior, who has already gained the trust of the coaching staff and players. To make her transition easier, the Cougars return every defensive starter from a year ago.
Offensively the Cougars also return an experienced unit.  Led by senior Carlee Payne Holmoe and her four goals and nine assists from a year ago. Jessica Ringwood and Colette Jepson also make this a revered offense in the talented West Coast Conference.
Match-ups with in-conference rivals Santa Clara and Pepperdine, both top 10 teams last year, are sure to make this an exciting season with tough competition.

“We are prepared,” Rockwood said.  “The girls have worked extremely hard, we’ve covered everything we need to cover, and I think they should have confidence going in, knowing what we are capable of, individually and collectively.”

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