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BYU soccer: Cougars take on Oregon, UC Irvine

By Kevin Nielsen

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Sept. 12 2013 2:01 p.m. MDT

02MP2920 #1 Erica Owens and #33 Ashley Hatch celebrate Hatch's goal. 2013 BYU Women's Soccer Team beats University of Utah on South Field. BYU - 1 U of U - 0 September 6, 2013 Photo by Bella Torgerson/BYU Copyright BYU Photo 2013 All Rights Reserved photo@byu.edu photo.byu.edu

Bella Torgerson/BYU,

Provo - The No. 6 ranked BYU women's soccer team returns to the road Thursday, Sep. 12, to take on Oregon in Eugene before the Cougars host UC Irvine on Saturday, Sep. 14 at 7 p.m. at South Field.

BYU (4-0-0) defeated in-state rival Utah 1-0 on Friday night in front of a record crowd at South Field. Ashley Hatch scored on a penalty kick in the 88th minute to give the Cougars the victory. Hatch was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week for Sep. 9.

Oregon and UC Irvine played one other Sunday afternoon. The Anteaters (3-3-0) won 2-1 after withstanding a last minute rally by the Ducks (2-4-0). Irvine scored in the third and 75th minutes, while Oregon's goal came in the 88th.

Oregon was picked to finish 11th in the Pac-12 under new head coach Kat Mertz. Last year, BYU traveled to Oregon and won 1-0.

UC Irvine was picked to finish second in the Big West this season behind Cal State Fullerton. The Cougars needed overtime to defeat Irvine, 3-2, last season.

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