BYU players celebrate with Mikayla Colohan, middle, following one of her two goals against Ohio State. (Dallin Wilks)

BYU women’s soccer shuts out Ohio State 3-0 in season opener

Mikayla Colohan’s pair of goals propelled No. 15 BYU women’s soccer to a 3-0 shutout victory against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the regular-season opener Thursday night in Provo.

The Cougars controlled the majority of the contest, taking nine shots on goal compared to just two for the Buckeyes. Aggressive defensive hustle put BYU in positions to score throughout the night and ultimately kept Ohio State off the scoreboard.

“It takes a lot to play the style we do; these girls are fit and work hard,” head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “They came with a lot of defensive energy and that’s what really set us up to score our goals tonight.”

Colohan’s two goals both came in the first half, as the reigning West Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year looked to fill the void left by teammate Cameron Tucker, who was sidelined with an injury.

“She’s a phenomenal player and we rely on her quite a lot,” Rockwood said of Colohan. “We told her she had to pick it up a bit, so she did.”

Forward Ellie Maughan, just seven months removed from a broken leg, came off the bench to score with 10 minutes left in the game to officially bury any hope of Buckeye comeback. Midfielder Olivia Smith assisted on all three Cougar goals and served as a top contributor on defense.

“I think our team is always ready to play, so when somebody goes down the next person is ready to step up,” Colohan said.

The Buckeyes suffered from a collective lack of discipline, picking up two yellow cards and 11 total fouls while allowing 10 corner kicks from the Cougars. Ohio State, the 26th-ranked team in the nation, showed a solid effort on defense, but the Cougars exploited every possible weakness to control the tempo from the beginning.

“It’s a great statement for us playing a real quality opponent,” Rockwood said. “We have high expectations this year so it’s just another step to getting there.”

The Cougars face Auburn on the road this Saturday before returning to South Field to face No. 14 USC on Aug. 26.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Top Sports Stories

BYU guard Dallin Hall enters the transfer portal

BYU guard Dallin Hall enters the transfer portal guard Dallin Hall has entered the transfer portal following the announcement that head coach Mark Pope...

Pope bolts for Kentucky, now what?

Pope bolts for Kentucky, now what?After one of the best seasons in program history, BYU men's basketball head coach Mark Pope is leaving BYU...

BYU head coach Mark Pope reportedly leaving for his alma mater Kentucky

BYU head coach Mark Pope reportedly leaving for his alma mater Kentucky was announced this evening that BYU head coach Mark Pope is in...

Building BYU’s defense for year two in the Big 12

Building BYU's defense for year two in the Big 12After a disappointing finish to what was a once-promising season in 2023, Jay Hill and...
- Advertisement -
Print Friendly, PDF & Email