BYU men’s soccer began its season against Utah Friday, ending in a 0-0 tie.

The hyperbolic performance included an action-packed second half with at least 10 shots on goal, but neither team was able to score.

“We’re four days into practice, so there’s part of you that wants to give them a little bit of time to fill things out, but at the same time, we have games to play, and they have to perform,” head coach Brandon Gilliam said. “They played the game well, but the score line is the only thing that matters.”

While BYU’s offense was unable to score this time, their defensive lineup held down the fort to keep Utah from pulling ahead. BYU goalkeeper Chris Jenkinson and the rest of the defense saved a potential goal in the 56th minute when one Utah player came close to breaking the tie.

Jenkinson was naturally disappointed that their first game of the season ended without a win, but he is confident their current scoreless season won’t stay that way for long.

“The goals are going to come,” Jenkinson said. “We know they’re going to come. At the end of the day, we just got to learn from it. I don’t think we’ve ever tied 0-0, so we’ll just learn from it and move on.”

BYU will face Utah Valley University on Friday, Sept. 22 at South Field.

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