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[20 Oct 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
Cougars Don’t Look Past Gonzaga

On a cool damp night at South Field, the women’s soccer team, playing in front of 4,557 fans (the second largest home crowd this season) stayed sharp and took care of business against Gonzaga with a 4-1 win.
The Cougars could easily have looked past the Bulldogs (6-7-1, 0-2 WCC) to their next game against San Diego.
The Cougars improved their record to 14-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the West Coast Conference, and are currently on a 13-game unbeaten streak. Later in the evening, San Diego, which came into their game tied …

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[19 Sep 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
No. 7 BYU Goes From Hunter to the Hunted

In late August, the BYU women’s soccer team limped home, licking its wounds after a rare 1-0 loss to arch-rival Utah in Salt Lake City.
The Cougars were not in a good mood and were upset that they didn’t score more goals, something they had been working on since the end of last season when their lack of scoring punch contributed to a couple of losses late in the year that kept them out of the NCAA tournament.
However, that loss to the hated team in red has proved to be the …

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[10 Sep 2012 | 12 Comments | ]
BYU Women’s Soccer on a Roll

–Special to Deep Shades of Blue:

The No. 24 BYU women’s soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the WCC preseason poll this year. The voters may want to rethink their ballots.
The Cougars (6-1) have recently come up with two huge wins over highly-ranked teams in the span of nine days. They defeated No. 11 Long Beach 1-0 on August 30th, then dominated No. 6 Penn State 3-1 Saturday night.
Sandwiched  in between those wins were a 2-0 victory over Colorado College and a 5-0 pasting of the Texas Longhorns.
The win …

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[24 Aug 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Cougars Crush Utes

BYU rolled Tuesday night in the first athletic contest between the Cougars and Utes since the two schools departed the Mountain West Conference.
The No. 24 womens’s soccer team, a new member of the West Coast Conference, crushed their PAC-12 rivals 4-0 in front of a standing room only crowd of 4,437 at BYU’s South Field.
Following a scoreless first half, the Cougars caught fire, scoring four goals in the second half at the 57th, 64th, 77th and 82nd minute marks.
Four different Cougars got into the scoring column with junior star Jessica …

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[19 Aug 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
BYU Soccer Begins New Season, WCC Era

The No. 17 BYU women’s soccer team opens the 2011 season Friday night in Seattle as the Cougars face the 19th-ranked Washington Huskies.
Head coach Jennifer Rockwood returns nine starters from last year’s squad that captured the Mountain West Conference regular season and conference tournament championships and competed in the NCAA tournament for the sixth consecutive time.
DSB contributor, Walt Hanssen, sat down with Rockwood just prior to the kickoff to the season to get some of her thoughts about the state of the program and becoming a member of the very …

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[7 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Batty, Arrhenius Lead BYU into Nationals

The 2011 Men’s National Track Athlete of the Year leads No. 10 BYU this week into the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Cougars’ Miles Batty (6-0, 150 Jr.) will be the odds-on-favorite to win the 1,500-meter run, an event in which his time of 3:36.25 is the NCAA’s fastest this season by more than three seconds.
In fact, his time is the third fastest in the country by a professional or amateur, and is less than a second off the current NCAA record. His performance …

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[19 May 2011 | 19 Comments | ]
BYU Takes Aim at National Title

BYU Rugby plays perhaps its biggest game in program history this Saturday.
The Cougars (15-0) face the 25-time national champion Cal Bears (26-0) in the first ever College Premier Division rugby national championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. MT.
The College Premier Division is newly created this year and consists of the upper-echelon of college programs in the nation.
Saturday’s game marks the sixth consecutive season that BYU and Cal, the country’s two most powerful college rugby programs, have faced each …

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[11 May 2011 | One Comment | ]
Cougars Open Play at NCAA Championships

BYU opens play in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships on Friday.
The 35th-ranked Cougars (21-5)  take on No. 31 San Diego (18-6) in Los Angeles, with the winner facing either No. 2 USC (21-1) or Sacramento State (14-13) on Saturday.
The Toreros handed BYU a 6-1 loss in San Diego on January 22nd, but the Cougars have been on a roll since mid-February, winning 17 of their last 18 outings. The only loss during that streak came at No. 7 Stanford.
For the second year in a row, BYU …

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[31 Mar 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
No. 1 BYU Rugby Steamrolling Opponents

BYU Rugby (4-0, 8-0) is currently ranked No.1 in the country and is a solid favorite to once again advance to the national finals.
This season’s championship game will take place in Sandy, Utah at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 21st.
The Cougars won a national championship in 2009, defeating perennial rugby powerhouse Cal.
BYU and the second-ranked Golden Bears have met in the national championship game in each of the past five seasons. They appear to be on a collision course once again.
The Cougars climbed to the top of the College Premier …

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[23 Mar 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
USC Ends BYU’s Season

Mindy Bonham’s 21 points were not enough Wednesday night for BYU to stave off elimination from the Women’s NIT basketball tournament.
Neither were Kristen Riley’s 11 points and 10 rebounds — her fourth career double-double.
The USC Trojans ventured into the Marriott Center and came away with the 62-50 victory to advance to the WNIT quarterfinals.
It was just the second home loss of the season for the Cougars, who finished the year at 25-9, and won the Mountain West Conference regular season championship in their final year in the league with a …