College soccer roundup: BYU secures fourth-place standing in the West Coast Conference
MORAGA, Calif. — A season-high three goals in the first half propelled the BYU women's soccer team to a 4-1 road victory in its final 2011 regular season game against Saint Mary's College and secured its fourth-place standing in the West Coast Conference.
Senior goalkeeper McKinzie Olson allowed one goal in the entire 90 minutes of play for just her 16th of the season. She also tallied seven saves, most of them coming in the second half and from an opponent shooting inside the box. Olson has made 281 saves in her career at BYU as the all-time career saves leader.
BYU got things started early with a little help from forward Carlee Payne who got the Cougars on the board in the 7th minute. Teammates Colette Jepson and Lauren Anderson Cosby assisted on the goal. Four minutes later, Jessica Ringwood found the back of the net for BYU's second goal off passes from Payne and Jennie Marshall.
Niki Fernandes, who had injured her wrist earlier in the season, finished off a cross-pass combination from Jepson and Payne for BYU's third goal before the Gaels had a chance to get one of their own.
In the 36th minute, Daelyn Paul was able to sneak a ball past Olson after a scuffle in the box for Saint Mary's lone goal of the game. Paul finished with two shots on the day while teammate Jordan Marada led all players with six shots.
Six different Gaels had at least one shot compared to the 10 players from BYU who took at least one shot. Jaiden Thornock and Niki Fernandes led the Cougar squad with five shots each. BYU's total of 25 shots against the Gaels ties their previous season-high.
In the second half, Saint Mary's turned up the offensive pressure and took eight shots but Olson again came up with big saves for BYU. At the 57th and 69th minutes, Olson stopped shots from inside the box to keep the Gaels with just one goal.
Midfielder Rachel Manning finished out the game for BYU with a goal in the 86th minute off a rebound from teammate Lindsi Lisonbee's free kick. The goal was Manning's first of the season.
The Cougars finish the regular season with an 11-5-3, 5-2-1 record in their first season with the West Coast Conference.
UTAH VALLEY 4, NORTH DAKOTA 2
At Newark, N.J., Natalie Young set a pair of school records as the Utah Valley soccer team moved into the Great West Conference tournament championship game with a 4-2 win over North Dakota on Saturday. UVU will face the winner of the Houston Baptist/South Carolina State match on Monday at noon MT.
Young, who on Thursday was named the Great West Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Year, scored twice in the game and became the school's single-season record holder with 12 goals and 30 points on the year. The Wolverines (11-8-1) also matched the school record for wins in a season, set in 2008.
"She's had a big impact on our program," said head coach Brent Anderson of Young, a Springville, Utah native. "She has great speed and the team has adapted to that. Natalie's such a good offensive weapon and as just a sophomore will get even better."
The Fighting Sioux (6-9-3) grabbed an early lead when Rhaya Ballon scored on a rebound following a save by UVU goalkeeper Lauren Sack in the 14th minute.
Utah Valley would score the game's next four goals though, starting in the 24th minute by senior Jaime Lyons on an assist from Regan Clifford. Clifford's pass through the middle found Lyons, who went one-on-one with UND keeper Kristi Hestdalen and knotted the game at 1.
Just three minutes later, Young got her first goal of the contest when Camille Broderick's pass from midfield found her in another one-on-one situation and she gave UVU a 2-1 halftime lead.
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