PROVO, Utah – BYU men's soccer battled to a 0–0 draw against the Fresno Fuego in its second game this week.
The BYU Cougars put up a strong defense throughout the game. Goalkeeper Brian Hale saved seven shots against the Fuego with the help of the Cougar defense. Sterling Hancock, Alex Neff and James Bindrup stopped the Fuego offensive repeatedly throughout the night.
“We ended up defending a lot more than we would have liked,” head coach Chris Watkins said, “but we had a massive effort tonight. Getting a point in Fresno in front of their huge crowd is a nice step for us.”
BYU had one shot on goal during the game, Colby Bauer passing a through ball to Kip Critchlow. The Fresno goalkeeper made a diving save to stop the BYU offense. BYU and Fresno both had nine missed shot attempts during the game.
BYU dramatically increased its completed passes from 195 against the Orange County Blues Strikers to 252 against the Fuego. BYU players said they hope this upward trend is a sign of good things to come in its final game this week.
Brooke Arrington is a public relations major at Brigham Young University and the Public Relations Coordinator for the BYU mens' soccer team.