PROVO — The Brigham Young University men's soccer team struggled this past weekend in Canada, where they played two games with not much turnaround time between the two.

On Friday night the Cougars dropped a 2-0 game to the Abbotsford Mariners. They trailed 1-0 at halftime and then in the closing minutes of the game, BYU's brought their defense on the attack to try and even the score, but they allowed on the Mariners to squeak by and put the game away with another goal.

Then Saturday afternoon the Cougars dropped a 4-1 game to the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23, one of the top teams in the PDL.

Team captain Clay Christenson said in a release after the game that it was just too quick of a turnaround for playing those two teams.

BYU is now 2-3-1 on the season and will get a chance to improve that at home in the upcoming weeks, as they play the Yakima Reds and Tacoma Tide at home on June 13 and 14 respectively, and then make the short trip to Ogden to play the Outlaws on June 17.

TRACK AND FIELD: The Cougars have returned home from a successful weekend at the NCAA West Track and Field Regional in Northridge, Calif., and now several athletes will continue their training as they prepare for nationals.

The men's team had four automatic qualifiers and two others who will advance to the NCAA National Championships in the at-large pool. On the women's side, BYU finished the meet earning three automatic bids with the possibility of two others getting an at-large bid.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The BYU women's volleyball team announced its 2008 schedule last week. BYU will play seven teams that qualified for the 2007 NCAA Tournament, two of which were ranked in final CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Poll. The Cougars have a winning record against all of their 2008 opponents and will meet Tulane and Missouri for the first time ever.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: The defending MWC Champions also announced their 2008 schedule last week. The Cougars will play many of the top programs in the country, with seven of the 20 teams the Cougars will face throughout the season finishing the 2007 season in the top-50 RPI.


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