The nationally-ranked BYU women’s soccer team faced the Utah Aggies on Saturday, September 18, losing 2-1 in overtime.
Playing a rival is pretty crazy according to BYU senior Cameron Tucker. “He’s still a good, fun rival and it’s fun to see your friends, so it’s always very competitive.”
BYU entered tonight’s game with a two-game winning streak and a four-game unbeaten streak and the Aggies fought hard after a loss to Utah. There were two faults for the Aggies in the opening minutes as they tried to take possession of the game.
Despite Utah State’s attempt to control the game, BYU bombarded the Aggies’ goal early in the first half. The Cougars struggled to put one on, however.
BYU fired 11 shots against the Aggies in the first half, including three from Mikayla Colohan. The state of Utah only took three shots.
Nonetheless, the Aggies were the first to step onto the set. Ashley Cardozo scored the game’s first point in the 24th minute. The Cougars trailed the Aggies 1-0 at the half.
The game was tense at the start of the second half, with both teams playing aggressively. Things escalated when BYU set up for a free kick. BYU’s Laveni Vaka and Utah State’s Sammie Murdock had an altercation that resulted in two yellow cards, one for each player.
In the 57th minute, Cameron Tucker passed the ball to Colohan at the top of the box. From there, Colohan passed the goalie and put the Cougars on the board to tie the game.
The Cougars and Aggies continued to fight throughout the second half. BYU continued to put pressure on the goal but Aggie goalkeeper Diera Walton stood firm. She finished with 11 mind-blowing saves on the night.
“We created a lot of chances, but we didn’t score,” said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood.
The settlement ended 1-1 and both teams came out strong for the 10-minute overtime period. Brecken Mozingo managed to give the Cougars the lead in the 95th minute, but it was too far to the left.
Tenzi Knowles sealed the victory for Utah State in the 99th minute. His goal took the Aggies to 2-1 against the Cougars.
“Kudos to Utah State, they came and took one from us for sure,” Rockwood said. “They had a few opportunities and they made the most of it. “
The Cougars entered Saturday’s game undefeated at South Field this season. They had already scored seven goals in each of their last three home games.
“We have to find a way to put the ball in the back of the net when we have chances and so we will continue to work on that,” said Rockwood.
BYU will face Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. On October 2.