Santa Clara hands BYU its first tie of the season

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The BYU women’s soccer team tallied its first tie in a very competitive game Friday night against the Broncos of Santa Clara.

“I thought our team played really well,” coach Jennifer Rockwood said in a press release. “We new this was going to be a tough game against a very good Santa Clara team. Our girls gave it everything we had. We had several chances to get a score, but could not get it in the net. We’ll take the tie against a great team.”

The tie ends a nine-game winning streak by the Cougars, who came into the game looking to gain their first victory ever against the Broncos. Stellar defense by goalkeeper Erica Owens and her defense pushed the Cougar’s streak of shutouts to four.

The defense, in front of a packed South Field crowd, carried the Cougars especially in the second half of the game and in the two overtime periods not allowing a single shot in the extra time. The Cougars out-shot the Broncos 22-9 with an edge of 20-5 after halftime.

Yet being unable to take advantage of a number of golden opportunities left the Cougars with a disappointing draw to open their West Coast Conference schedule.

With the tie the Cougars 2012 record is now 11-1-1 with still plenty of momentum left heading into next week’s games. The tie puts Santa Clara at 7-2-4 on the year.

The Cougars are currently ranked No. 6 and though they didn’t come out with a win over the No. 21 Broncos, they still has their sites set on a league championship.
“We’ll get back to working hard on making our chances count and prepare for our next league game,” Rockwood said.
BYU’s next home game is Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. against league foe San Francisco.
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