On Saturday the BYU women's soccer team, ranked 6th in the country, beat Nebraska in front of a crowd of 5,108. The crowd ranks as the largest in the history of South Field. It was a shutout, 3- 0. The cougars notched their 2nd win in as many games. The team also thrilled the crowd with the 100th home shutout for the program.
The first goal was scored in the 41st minute off a header by Elena Medeiros. Medeiros hit a cross pass from Niki Fernandes that went into the corner of the goal and past the Nebraska goalkeeper Emma Stevens. Medeiros was credited with the goal and an assist since she initially passed the ball to Fernandes.
The second goal was set up when Fernandes drew a foul in the 52nd minute that gave Colette Jepson Smith a free kick just beyond the borders of the box. Jepson Smith kicked a cross that was then headed past the keeper by Cloee Colohan giving BYU a 2-0 lead.
In the 86th minute Kyleigh Royall kicked the ball into the box which was then sent into the net by Marissa Nimmer. The goal by Nimmer gave the Cougars their third and final goal of the game. With the first shutout of the season by Erica Owens, the Cougar goalkeeper, Nebraska fell to 2-1 on the year. It was the 13th career shutout for Owens.
Where our hearts were sorrowing for our loss in football, there was something great to cheer for in our own back yard. Keep an eye on these cougars as the season continues. Follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook to get more information. Expect greatness here and you will see it.
The next game for the Cougars is on Monday, September 2nd at 6pm MST in Baton Rouge versus Louisiana State University. The game can be seen on CSTV.
The next home game will be on Friday, September 6th at 7pm versus the University of Utah at South Field. The game can also be seen on BYUtv.
For a full recap of the game and scheduling click here.