BYU women’s soccer dominates on the road

BYU celebrates after scoring a goal against LMU (Marcos Escalona/ BYU Photo)

The BYU women’s soccer team (10-3-2) dominated in its 3-0 road win over Loyola Marymount (8-5-2) on Saturday night. The Cougars extended their winning streak to nine as three different players found the back of the net in the contest. The victory put the Cougars on top in the West Coast Conference.

“A great effort from our girls on the road in a very physical match,” coach Jennifer Rockwood said of her team’s 3-0 over LMU. “Our team defense continues to improve; tonight we didn’t allow a single shot on goal.”

After a slow start, the Cougars outshot the Lions 20-6 and didn’t allow any shots on goals by the opposing team. Elena Medeiros led the Cougars with five shots, but it was Ashley Hatch, Niki Fernandez and Bizzy Phillips who were able to find the back of the net.

Phillips, a freshman, struck first for the Cougars, scoring her third goal of the season in the 41st minute to give her team the lead going into halftime. Madi Lyons and Jaiden Thornock assisted on Phillips’ goal.

BYU came out aggressive in the second half scoring in the 49th minute when Fernandes, assisted by Michelle Murphy, slotted a goal past the keeper. This was Fernandes’ fourth goal of the season.

In the 62nd minute, Hatch, the Cougars’ leading scorer, netted in goal No. 12 of the season with a pass to the right corner of the box from Fernandes.

The Cougars’ defense, led by Taylor Isom Campbell, Annie Amos, Avery Calton and Sarah Chambers, held the Lions scoreless for the remainder of the game. Keeper Katherine Synder and Hannah Clark combined for the shutout.

The Cougars look to increase their winning streak to double digits as they return to South Field to play Santa Clara on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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