First career brace from Erin Bailey helps No. 7 BYU women’s soccer crusie past Utah Valley in 6-1 victory

Erin Bailey makes heart symbol with her hand after scoring first career brace. BYU Athletics / BYU Women's Soccer and BYU Photo.

Orem, UT – 

On and off the pitch she is called Erin Bailey seven, b stands for “brace.”

Erin Bailey recorded her first brace of her career to help No. 7 BYU (6-0) Women’s Soccer defeated in-state rival Utah Valley (1-3-1) in front of a record breaking crowd 4,732 Saturday evening at Clyde Field in Orem, Utah.

After beating the defending National Champions just a few nights ago, and what could’ve been a trap game, some may wonder how BYU would respond.

Well, the response would be a season high six goals. A season ago Utah Valley beat BYU on their home turf, but the favor would be returned Saturday night as Utah Valley Head Coach Chris Lemay’s program would suffer another gut punching loss.

The Wolverines would lose to in-state rival Utah 5-0 a few nights prior, and with hopes of giving BYU its first loss of the season again, a very dominant BYU offense would shatter any thought of that within minutes of the game.

Brecken Mozingo scored her third goal of the season in the 11th minute with assists from Bella Folino and Kendall Peterson. Mozingo’s would freeze the Wolverines goalkeeper before curving her shot into the bottom net to give BYU a 1-0 lead.

Allie Fryer would cash in a header off a corner kick from Ellie Boren  in the 21st minute to give BYU 2-0 lead.

The damage wouldn’t stop there as BYU Erin Bailey scored her first goal in this match in the 34th minute.

Utah Valley finally struck gold as Sadie Beardall scored off a free kick from Heather Stainbrook. 

Less than two. minutes later Bailey would respond to Utah Valley’s goal with another of her own and secure her brace in the 38th minute as BYU went into halftime with a 4-1 lead.

The sophomore from Layton, Utah is now the leading goal scorer for Cougars while coming off the bench.

Things got out of hand in the second half as BYU added two more goals to the scoring sheet. One came from Ellie Boren and the other from Ellie Walbruch

Boren would also have herself a night scoring her first goal of the season along with two assists as well. Boren’s goal was not a thing of beauty as Utah Valley’s keeper watched yet another perfect shot go into the net.

“These girls and this team are hungry, hungry to score” were the words used by Head Coach Jennifer Rockwood to describe how competitive this BYU women’s soccer team is.

Walbruch would add the final touch for BYU in the 82nd minute, and with the game over, Walbruch didn’t hold back and she almost added a second goal in the 86th hitting right underneath the crossbar.

BYU will now have a week as they prepare to take on another in-state rival in Utah next Saturday September 9th at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kick-off is scheduled for 7pm MDT. The game will be streamed live on the Pac-12 Network.

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