Provo, UT –
No. 13 BYU (2-0) Women’s Soccer Team earned its second win of the 2023 season defeating Cal State Fullerton (0-1-1) 4-1 Saturday evening at South Field.
For the third game in a row, BYU had a rapid start scoring two goals within the first fifteen minutes.
Senior Midfielder Brecken Mozingo opened the scoring for the Cougars with her first goal of the 2023 season in the 6th minute. Mozingo was all alone inside the penalty box with a wide open crack at the net, and she didn’t miss.
. @breckenmozingo with the opening goal
— BYU Women's Soccer (@byusoccer_w) August 20, 2023
The Senior from Sandy, Utah may or may not have done the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag jogging back to celebrate with her teammates after taking 1-0 lead.
The All-American had a career season last year leading the Cougars in goals (12), assists (10), and points (34).
Olivia Wade-Katoa would add to the Cougars lead in the first half with her second goal of the season in the 16th minute. Brecken Mozingo had a cross that found Ellie Boren who made a one touch pass to Olivia Wade-Katoa who took the shot of her left foot and would sneak its’ way past the Titans goalkeeper.
The highlight of the night came from Sophomore forward Ellie Walbruch, scoring her first goal of her collegiate career in the 51st minute. Walbruch would also start tonight in place of the injured Allie Fryer.
Fryer knocked knees with a Saint Louis defender and had to exit the game in Thursday’s night victory. With Fryer sitting out Walbruch made the most of her opportunity.
“Ellie is a huge addition to our team, she is a creative scorer and is really hungry to score. I believe Ellie will score a lot of goals for us this fall. I just love her energy, love her passion for the game, and she is a very skilled player.” were the words Head Coach Jennfier Rockwood used to describe what Walbruch means to the BYU Women’s Soccer program.
Fryer sitting out Saturday nights game was only precautionary and is expected to be back on the pitch for Cougars next Thursday August 24th against Long Beach State.
In a game where BYU dominated the possession battle 66% to 33%, the Titans would not quit. Cal State Fullerton would eventually score its first goal of the 2023 season off the boot of Laurie Ann Mosie in the 74th minute.
— Titans Women’s Soccer (@FullertonWSOC) August 20, 2023
The Cougars would score again taking away any hope from the Titans. This time it was Sophomore Erin Bailey who would find the back of the net in the 81st minute. Bailey found herself on the end of cross from Kendall Peterson with a nice touch that gave the Cougars a 4-1 advantage late.
Bailey is a rising under-classman who has seen prime minutes in the first two games of the season and is making the most of the opportunities. The Layton, Utah native has registered two goals, nine shots (five being on goal) on goal in 55 minutes of play.
BYU returns to South Field to host Long Beach State next Thursday August 24th @6pm MDT. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+