BYU women’s soccer crushes Saint Mary’s in first WCC win of season

BYU defender Rachel Bingham passes the ball during a match against Saint Mary’s (Savannah Hopkinson)

BYU women’s soccer dominated Saint Mary’s in a 4-1 victory on Saturday night at South Field.

If there was any held over frustration from last week’s loss to San Diego, it only served to help the Cougars’ offensive onslaught as three different Cougars scored in the first half.

“We had a great week of training,” said coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “We played in front of the goal almost all week and it paid off with four goals.”

Two of those goals came from Madie Mathews, who is now tied with Nadia Gomes as the team’s leading scorers.

“We had the confidence to go shoot from anywhere and that’s what we need,” Mathews said.

The first goal came in the 14th minute when Bizzy Bowen found the back of the net off an assist from Mathews. It was Bowen’s second goal in as many games.

Mathews would come back to score a goal of her own in the 26th minute after a perfect pass from Nadia Gomes, who would be credited with the assist.

Just 39 seconds later, BYU scored again.

Avery Walker used some fancy footwork to get past the Gaels’ defense and angled a shot right into the corner of the net. It was Walker’s third goal of the season.

BYU would take the 3-0 lead into the half but wouldn’t wait long to add to its count after coming back out in the second half.

Mathews scored the Cougars’ fourth and her second goal of the match from far outside the box, which gives her four goals on the season.

BYU has shown flashes of brilliance in a season that now finds them 1-1 in conference play and 4-5-3 overall.


BYU will continue conference play on Oct. 12 when they host Pacific at South Field. The match is set to start at 7 p.m. MDT and will be streamed on and broadcast on ESPN 960 AM.

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