WOMEN'S SOCCER: Two goals in a strong second half helped the Cougars overcome a slow start and defeat Cal Poly 2-1 in the season-opener for both teams Friday evening in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

"We were flat in the first half, and had a poor start," said head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "Cal Poly dominated the first part of the game and it took us some time to get settled down."

Cal Poly's Ashley Vallis scored from right in front of the goal to give the Mustangs the lead at the 38:11 mark in the first half.

The Cougars out-shot Cal Poly 8-1 the second half.

Just four minutes after the break, All-American forward senior Katie Larkin was pulled down in the penalty box and converted the ensuing penalty kick opportunity to tie the game at 1-1. That goal was the 27th of Larkin's career, moving her within one of current team assistant coach Aleisha Rose on the all-time goals scored list at BYU.

Later in the second half, forward Auna Janis dribbled down the center of the field and scored the first goal of her young BYU career when she blasted a kick past the Cal Poly keeper from just outside the penalty area for the game-winning score.

Utah Valley

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Utah Valley scored two goals in a 57-second span in the second half, and Mallory Schott blanked Dixie State as the Wolverines finished their exhibition schedule with a 2-0 win.

After a scoreless first half, Adrienne Schneider got UVU on the board in the 69th minute when she dodged one defender and split two others to score from 16 yards out.

Less than one minute later, Katey Turner took a Lauren Bluth pass and floated the ball over the Dixie's goalie.


VOLLEYBALL: The Griffins fell to third-ranked Concordia (Calif.) 27-29, 25-7, 25-12, 25-17 on Saturday.

Janelle Kendall led all Griffins with her 10 kills, a season high. Ericka Evans had seven kills while Ali Culp and Brittani Barton each had six.

On Friday, the Griffins dropped a four-set match against Mesa State, 17-25, 25-10, 25-15, 25-17, to conclude day one of the NAIA Tournament of Champions. Westminster lost 25-17, 10-25, 15-25, 17-25.

Evans led the Griffins with 11 kills and completed a double-double night with 11 digs. Leigha Dangerfield recorded her 13th career double-double with her 25 assists and 14 digs.