PROVO BYU was looking forward to the opportunity to redeem itself Tuesday night after dropping a disappointing game to Ogden Friday night, and that's exactly what the Cougars did.
After the Cougars (6-5-2) gave up a game-tying goal in the 74th minute, Steve Fellows controlled a pass from Brit Osborne in the 75th minute and kicked it passed the keeper for the game-winning goal.
The 2-1 win was sweet for the Cougars, who were disappointed in their effort last Friday night.
"Looking at the tape from the last game, we were probably a little outworked," said BYU coach Chris Watkins. "I think skill-wise it was probably close to even. They wanted it a little bit more, and our guys were really embarrassed."
On the flip side, Outlaws' coach Mike Hickman wasn't happy with his team's effort Tuesday night.
"We didn't play with the same energy," said Hickman. "It was a lack of energy."
Both teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half with the Cougars holding a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal.
In a strategic substitution, Watkins put Curtis Graham in the game in the 52nd minute and less than a minute later Graham controlled the rebound off a Cougar shot right in front of the goal and kicked it past the keeper for the game's first goal.
"Curt has been so due that it was nice that he was able to get his tonight within a minute of coming in," said Watkins.
In the 74th minute, Kyle Christensen received a pass deep in the box from Ogden's Jesse Kupfer and kicked it into the net for the game-tying goal. On BYU's ensuing possession, Fellows gave the Cougars back the lead.
"I thought we did a really good job controlling this game," said Watkins. "Although I was a little disappointed we fouled so much."
BYU finished the game with a 16-9 advantage in shots and committed 10 more fouls than the Outlaws.
Watkins was pleased with the play of his younger players who received substantial playing time. Jace Green who is just out of high school last month came in late for the Cougars and had several opportunities to score, but wasn't able to finish.
Ogden (4-7-2) gets its turn for redemption at home on Saturday when BYU travels north for the final game between these two teams this season.