Five quick facts about the BYU women’s soccer team

Taylor Isom takes the ball down field in the game against USF
Taylor Isom takes the ball down field in the game against USF (Universe Photo)

1. The BYU women’s soccer team is the third-most-attended sport at BYU, after football and men’s basketball.  In recent years, BYU has also been among teams with the highest total attendance at home games, compared to of any other women’s soccer teams across the nation. On average, 45,000 fans come to South Field a season to see the Cougars’ home games.

2. Before 1995, the BYU women’s soccer team was considered a club team and not a member of the NCAA. BYU played its first game in the NCAA against Utah on Sept. 8, 1995. BYU went on that season to a 30-game win streak that lasted from the 1995 season until the 1998 season. This is still BYU’s longest-ever win streak.

3. Jennifer Rockwood, the Cougars’ head coach, is coaching her 20th consecutive season at BYU. Rockwood was an assistant coach during the 1995 season and became head coach in 1996. BYU has made the NCAA Tournament 15 of the 19 seasons Rockwood has been head coach. Since joining the NCAA, the Cougars have an overall record of 308-89-32. Since joining the West Coast Conference in 2011, the Cougars are 39-8-5 (prior to this season). The Cougars entered the 2014 season having won back-to-back West Coast Conference championships, as well as having made the NCAA Tournament the last two years.

4.  Ten different BYU players have scored a hat trick in a game for a total of 17 in program history. Ashley Hatch just joined the ranks of these record holders with her hat trick earlier this season against Portland. It was also the first hat trick in nine years for BYU. The Cougars have also had 10 All-American players.

5. BYU has gone 7-0-1 in conference play this season and is 13-3-3 overall. The Cougars remaining game this season is against Pepperdine on the road this Saturday. The Cougars have the opportunity to have home field advantage for their first-round NCAA tournament game.

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