BYU Wins Battle Of Cougars
Oct. 3, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State mounted one comeback to tie its match with Brigham Young in the first half, but was unable to do it twice as the Cougars from Provo escaped the Lower Soccer Field with a 3-1 win Thursday.
Terra Smith-Bigelow put BYU ahead in the 23rd minute, scoring on a long throw in by Brooke Thulin and then a cross by Jennifer Henry-Fielding. WSU would respond.
Junior Rachel Rodrick blew by a BYU defender and beat goalkeeper Ashley Smith for her 16th career goal at the 37:42 mark to tie the contest. Washington State continued to pound the BYU defense for the remainder of the first half, outshooting its Mountain West foe 9-4.
The blue Cougars received the game-winner just over seven minutes into the second stanza when Brooke Bowman converted a pass from Charlene Lui to make the score 2-1. WSU would get no closer, and BYU's Lydia Ojuka added a goal at 89:23 to put any thoughts of a home team comeback away with 37 seconds remaining.
'It was a frustrating result. It was nice to get the equalizer in the first half, but in the second half they scored on a ball where we just did not get enough pressure,' WSU Head Coach Dan Tobias said.
'I still felt like we had much of the run of play. We put ourselves in some good situations, but unfortunately we didn't get a lot of high quality chances,' Tobias said.
Freshman Katie Hultin made her first start at goalkeeper, making six saves while allowing all three goals and going the distance.
'I still think we are a very good team,' Tobias said. 'I think we have played well in all 10 games, but there are some things we can do better on both sides of the ball,'
The visiting Cougars pushed their record to 5-5-0 after playing a difficult early season schedule.
'Records are deceiving sometimes,' Tobias said. 'BYU is a very good soccer team. They have one of the top players in the country (Aleisha Cramer-Rose) and are going to win a lot of matches this year.'
The loss drops WSU's record to 6-4-0 and ends the non-conference portion of its schedule.
'It's a disappointing loss. It stings right now, but we will get over it and get ready to start Pac-10 next week,' Tobias said.
The Cougars don't have to go far to begin Pac-10 play, as they travel to Oregon State Oct. 11 and Oregon Oct. 13.
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