Women’s soccer faces tough test at Baylor


No. 19 BYU Women’s Soccer travels to Waco, Texas, to play No. 16 Baylor Friday, Oct. 4, for the final non-conference matchup before starting conference play.

The Cougars will look to regain their confidence and identity this weekend before heading into crucial conference games. During the last several weeks, BYU has uncharacteristically struggled to find the back of the net and control possession of the ball.

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Sophomore midfielder Jaiden Thornock gears up to cross the ball in a game this season. (Photo by Universe Photographer)

“The most important thing for us right now is we just have to keep the ball better,” said head coach Jennifer Rockwood. “We have always been a possession team, and for some reason right now we are struggling to keep the ball.”

Rockwood has also pointed to confidence as a point of concern from the last couple of weeks. The team will look to build some confidence heading into conference play as it looks to make another run toward the post-season.

“Unfortunately, our girls just aren’t playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Rockwood said. “The girls have got to continue to battle. It hasn’t been easy these last couple weeks. We’ve just got to fight through it. There is still a lot to look forward to.”

The Baylor Bears are coming off a 4-3 loss to West Virginia last week, its only loss in the last 32 matches. Baylor was ranked as high as No. 9 nationally this year and will look to build momentum in the game against BYU before heading back into Big 12 play.

The game is being held at 6 p.m. The Cougars will then travel to California to take on San Francisco and No. 17 Santa Clara next week.

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