Women’s soccer loses another heartbreaker

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The No. 17 BYU Women’s Soccer lost 1-0 to the No. 19 University of Denver Pioneers in a matchup of nationally ranked opponents Sept. 26 at South Field.

In constant heavy rain, another disappointing performance from the Cougar offense overshadowed a spectacular performance from the team’s defense. BYU had 10 shots on goal but could not find the back of the net yet again.

Kyleigh Royall tries to drive around a University of Denver player during Thursday's game at South Field. Photo by Sarah Hill.
Kyleigh Royall tries to drive around a University of Denver player during Thursday’s game at South Field. (Photo by Sarah Hill)

“I thought our defense played very well,” said head coach Jennifer Rockwood. “We just have to keep the ball. We are really struggling on keeping the ball in our midfield area, and we are making unforced errors.”

Because of the constant rain, and the game being held on a weeknight, the crowd at South Field was not the typical Cougar cheering section. Brendan Holmes, a junior from Glendora, Calif., noticed the difference.

“We didn’t show up tonight as fans either,” he said. “Heading into conference play we need to come big to support our girls. They feed off of our energy well.”

The Cougars head to Baylor for their final non-conference game Oct. 4 for their first in three consecutive away games. The team’s next home game is Thursday, Oct. 17, versus Pepperdine.

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