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10th-ranked BYU Soccer beats Utah at South Field

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10th-ranked BYU Soccer hosted rival Utah at South Field on Friday night and beat the Utes by a score of 2-0.

BYU has won 5 straight against the Utes. With the result, the Cougars are now 27-7-2 all time in the series.

The game opened with frantic pace, as it was clear the emotions of the rivalry were high. Both teams would settle in, creating chances with the Cougars having the better of the opportunities.

The Cougars would find the breakthrough in the 20th minute, as Elise Flake received a long pass and took on her defender, cutting onto her right foot before slotting a low shot into the net just between the Utah goalkeeper and her near post.

Moments later in the 21st minute, BYU goalkeeper Sabrina Davis would make a huge double save to preserve the Cougars’ lead. Two quick shots from the Utes were deflected away by Davis, who would go on to record a shutout on the night.

With some substitutions removing much of the BYU attack, the Utes began to control possession. Up until halftime, the Utes held the ball but could not threaten the Cougars again in the half, and BYU went into the break up 1-0.

The second half was again evenly matched, as the teams both looked to create more possession and ease into the half. The Cougars, however, would find a second goal in the 64th minute, this time from Cameron Tucker. BYU won a corner kick and a the ball would fall to Flake, who squared the ball across goal to Tucker, who placed the ball into the roof of the net to seal the victory for the Cougars.

The win moves the Cougars to 4-0 on the season. The Cougars have outscored their opponents 12-1 in their four matches. The Cougars will return to South Field on Thursday evening to play 13th-ranked Texas A&M in a Top 15 battle.