BYU men’s soccer ties with SFCFC

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BYU's Pedro Vasconcelos makes a move against SFCFC. Vasconselos had a lot of big plays for the Cougars on Thursday night.
BYU’s Pedro Vasconcelos makes a move against SFCFC. Vasconselos had a lot of big plays for the Cougars on Thursday night. (Natalie Stoker)

BYU tied 0-0 with the San Francisco City Football Club on Thursday night as Jamesthemormon was the Cougars’ guest coach.

“I bleed BYU and support BYU 100 percent,” he said. “I’m a fan just like everyone else there.”

The first half featured a lot of up and down play from both teams. The Cougars had several close scoring opportunities including an on target free kick by Pedro Vasconcelos at the 38 minute mark, but they could not convert.

BYU and SFCFC went into halftime tied 0-0.

Jamesthemormon, who hit No. 1 on the iTunes hip-hop/rap chart earlier this year performed at halftime.

“I’m grateful for anyone who supported me and honestly hitting number one on iTunes and Billboard was because of the people that were in the stands tonight,” he said.

He performed three songs and finished off the set with his hit song “Motivation.” In the second half he was a guest coach for the Cougars.

The second began with a similar feel to the first half. SFCFC however had more scoring opportunities than they did in the first half.

BYU’s keeper Brenden Ottman began to play particularly well in the second half. He had a big save in the 51st minute.

“We’ve worked on being connected as a unit for like four months now,” Ottman said. “So, we’re prepared to face any offense.”

The Cougar’s Cameron McLaughlin had a shot on goal in the 70th minute that was saved by SFCFC’s keeper.

“I think we did well possessing the ball and moving around, and we really had some good attacking chances.” McLaughlin said. “I think we just need to put a little more heart into the game and we’ll put some goals in on Saturday and we’re going to win.”

The game got more physical in the last 10 minutes, but neither team could score. The game ended with the score tied 0-0.

“Well, defensively obviously we did good, zero goals on the board,” Ottman said. “So, that’s always a plus. That’s our main priority is to keep zeroes, but offensively we were just a little slow today.”

BYU will face the San Francisco City Football Club again on Saturday, May 28 at 7:00 PM on South Field.

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