The No. 4 BYU women’s soccer team capped off their magical regular season run with key wins over Loyola Marymount and No. 22 Pepperdine on their way to the West Coast Conference crown.
Thursday the Cougars traveled to LMU and were scoreless at the end of regulation. But in overtime in 103rd minute of play Marissa Nimmer gave the Cougars the game-winning goal, clinching at least a share of the conference title for the Cougars.
Saturday BYU traveled to Pepperdine in the deciding game of the regular season. After a scoreless first half, Cloee Colohan and Carlee Payne Holmoe each scored goals to clinch the Cougars as WCC champions and keep their hopes of an overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament alive.
“This senior class, the juniors and those from last year know how we felt last year at this time when we didn’t make the tournament so I think there’s some things they feel they still have to prove,” head athletic trainer Carolyn Billings said.
The weekend’s shutouts push the Cougars’ total of holding their opponents scoreless to 10 and bumped their overall season record to 18-1-1.
The Cougars will now wait until the NCAA selection show at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday to discover the postseason hurdles they will need to overcome in order to keep this record-setting season alive. The Cougars have already achieved their highest national ranking in school history at No. 4 and hope their resume of quality wins will earn them the invaluable No. 1 seed.