BYU women’s soccer picks up win at Utah

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The BYU women's soccer team celebrates after scoring a goal against Utah. BYU won the game 2-0. (BYU Photo)
The BYU women’s soccer team celebrates after scoring a goal against Utah. BYU won the game 2-0. (BYU Photo)

Taylor Isom and Ashley Hatch both scored in a 2-0 BYU victory over the rival Utah Utes on Labor Day.

“It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a win up here,” said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. “We didn’t play a perfect game, but we did what we needed for a win.”

The Cougars picked up their first victory in Salt Lake City since 2010.

Isom found her first goal of the season in minute No. 21, giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Hatch struck the back of the net in the 60th minute for BYU’s second goal of the night.

After BYU’s victory over Tennessee, assistant coach Chris Watkins called Michele Vasconselos the “brains” of the offense. She lived up to that billing tonight.

In minute 21 of the game BYU was given a hard fought corner. Vasconselos decided not to cross the ball in the air across the penalty kick spot as a tactical decision. As BYU players scrambled in the box causing distraction and confusion, Vasconselos laced a ball to the top of the box on the ground where Isom had made her run and scored her first goal of the season.

BYU’s keeper Hannah Clark came up with 10 saves during the game. This was her first career shutout and it came at a very timely event. Clark played with confidence, stepping out of her box to clear balls, attacking balls in the air on crosses and parrying balls away from the goal.

Hatch continued her hot start to the season, scoring her eighth goal of the season.

“It’s really our job to keep her on the track that she is on.” Watkins said on Friday. “She is about the easiest person to coach in the world right now.”

 

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