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BYU campus briefs

Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Oct. 28 2010 12:37 a.m. MDT

WOMEN'S SOCCER: The No. 16 Cougars will play their last two games of the regular season on the road this week against No. 10 Santa Clara on Thursday and instate rival Utah on Saturday.

The Cougars are traveling with a 13-2-2 overall season record and a 4-1-1 record in conference action. BYU is 6-2-0 when they play on the road this season.

Senior Kassidy Shumway leads the Cougars with 17 points on six goals and five assists with teammate Jennie Marshall leading the team with seven goals. BYU has seven players recording double-figure shots after 17 games this season.

The Cougars have kept all their 2010 opponents, but three, to single-digit shot performances. Marquette, TCU and New Mexico are the only teams to have recorded double-figures against them.

In a preview of next year's West Coast Conference soccer action, No. 10 Santa Clara will host the Cougars with an 11-3-2 overall record this season and a 4-0 all-time series record against BYU. The last time the Broncos and Cougars played was in the third round of the 2000 NCAA College Cup with Santa Clara taking the 2-1 overtime victory.

Rival Utah will meet BYU with a 5-13-1 season record and 3-2-1 conference record with its most recent outing ending in a 3-0 victory over UNLV. Lauren Hair leads the offense for Utah with five goals and five assists in 19 games. Teammate Erin Dalley adds three goals to the team's 15-goal total.

After finishing the regular season, the Cougars will travel to San Diego for the Mountain West Conference tournament Nov. 3-6. The conference seeding and schedule will be announced after the end of the regular season.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Championship season begins Friday for the team as it heads to Laramie, Wyo. for the 2010 Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships.

"We go into this race with a singular focus and that is to win the conference," BYU head coach Patrick Shane said. "We have had to deal with being second the last three years and we are prepared to make the leap back to number one."

Junior Kate Bowen is expected to pace the Cougars as she has for the majority of this season. Bowen enters the championships with the best 6K time in the MWC this season (20:42.3).

Reigning MWC champion Cecily Lemmon-Lew will try to defend her title in only her second race of the season. Lemmon-Lew has been hampered by injuries for the majority of the season and competed for the first time in 2010 at Pre-Nationals on Oct. 16.

Also expecting to be out in front for BYU are junior Katy Andrews and sophomore Nicole Nielsen. Andrews has the second fastest 6K time for the Cougars this season (21:02.1) while Nielsen looks to improve on her 11th-place finish in 2009.

"This race will be a team effort," Shane said. "We have a race strategy in place and if everyone does their part and is unselfish then we can be successful."

New Mexico, currently ranked No. 10 in the USTFCCCA poll, poses the main threat for the Cougars as they try to regain the MWC title. BYU has finished second to the Lobos for the past three seasons after winning the title each season from 1999-2006.

Start time for the women's 6K is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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