Cougars dominate weekend games


The No. 5 BYU women’s soccer team proved yet again this weekend they belong in the national spotlight as they handily disposed of conference foes San Diego and Saint Mary’s.

“The girls came out strong,” BYU Coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “Every game, especially towards the end of the season, they just get more and more important and we really were pushing to get three points to keep ourselves at the top of the conference which is something we’ve been pushing for all year. Everybody is playing well, fulfilling their role and doing their job. It was a great team effort.”

Senior defender Cami Jensen moves the ball past a Saint Mary’s player during Saturday’s game.

The Cougars kicked off their weekend on Thursday as they traveled to San Diego to take on the Toreros and their great tradition and solid reputation. But the Cougars came out quick with two goals in the first six minutes to send a statement to San Diego and didn’t look back from there, winning the game 4-1.

Cloee Colohan scored twice in the game, with Jaiden Thornock and Dana Oldroyd Cusick adding a goal each to push the Cougars to another victory in their season of big wins.

Saturday the Cougars welcomed the Saint Mary’s Gaels for BYU’s senior day. Before the game the Cougars recognized their senior class, highlighted by two of BYU’s key forwards Carlee Payne Holmoe and Jessica Ringwood as well as the Cougars’ entire defensive front line including Ashley Bazzarone, Cami Jensen, Dana Oldroyd Cusick and two-time All-American defender Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall.

“Our seniors have been a big part of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” Rockwood said. “Their dedication, how well their playing, their commitment to the game and to the team is phenomenal.”

Following the festivities the Cougars dominated their final regular season home game as they trounced Saint Mary’s by a score of 5-0 with goals from Colohan, Ringwood, Holmoe, Marissa Nimmer and Kayla Varner.

 “I think everyone had a great game,” senior forward Carlee Payne Holmoe said. “Coming out here on senior day we knew we had to win this game. We’re so dangerous on the attack that a goal can come from anyone.”
Going into the final week of the regular season, the No. 5 Cougars are 16-1-1 outscoring their opponents 40-8 and not allowing any opponent to score more than once. BYU hasn’t lost since Aug. 25th on their way to the top of the West Coast Conference standings and a hopeful top seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Cougars play at LMU and at No. 18 Pepperdine this coming week.


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