BYU mens’ soccer hosts in-state rival on Friday

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BYU mens’ soccer heads into the second exhibition game of the season against the University of Utah on Friday.

The team gets ready for their first game in the freezing temperatures. (Photo by Whitnie Soelberg)
The team gets ready for its first game in the freezing temperatures. (Photo by Whitnie Soelberg)

The BYU Cougars will host the Utes in the preseason match-up. This is the only time BYU mens’ soccer will play against the Utes because BYU is a semi-professional team. This in-state rivalry game is the first time these two teams have ever competed.

The BYU defense had a phenomenal first exhibition game, preventing numerous shots and stopping ball progression downfield. Denver University tied BYU 1–1 in the final minutes of the game. The only goal scored by Denver University was not during the run of the play. Defender James Bindrup feels the defense only needs to keep up its current level of play to gain a victory against University of Utah.

“I think the ball was in our defense a lot of the game,” Bindrup said. “We just want to focus on keeping that pressure and marking up tighter on our wing marks.”

The Cougars will take on the Utes at BYU Southfield on Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the game — $5 for students and $6 for adults. The Pass of All Passes can be used for free entry into the game. The men’s soccer games will also be streamed live on KSL and Deseret News, and the stream will also be embedded on byusoccer.com.

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