Provo, UT –
No. 6 BYU Women’s Soccer would draw 1-1 against the Cincinnati Bearcats it’s second Big 12 home match Thursday night on South Field.
For the fourth time in five matches, No. 6 BYU Women’s Soccer conceded a goal in the first two minutes of play.
“We have to get off to a better start, this has happened to us a few times now. Can’t give up a goal against anybody in the first couple of minutes of the game” were the words Head Coach Jennifer Rockwood used to describe BYU’s start the past few games.
Cincinnati (2-5-4, 1-1-2 Big 12) would take the early advantage in the second minute of play behind a goal from forward Ellie Flower.
2’ | GOAL
Ellie Flower finds the bouncing the ball and give the Bearcats the lead!!
— Cincinnati Women's Soccer (@GoBearcatsWSOC) September 29, 2023
BYU (9-1-2, 2-0-2 Big 12) out shot the Bearcats 26-6 in the match, but only had seven shots on goal. Out of the seven shots on goal, none would find the back of the net.
“Obviously a tough game for us. Disappointing performance, it’s hard to play against a team that packs it in. When you had ten players in the defensive third… it’s hard, it works, it’s effective. It’s hard for us to create when you’re trying to beat ten people within 30-yards of the goal” said Jennifer Rockwood with difficult scoring chances her team had Thursday night against Cincinnati.
The Cougars’ lone goal would come from Senior Brecken Mozingo off a penalty kick in the 47th minute. Cincinnati’s goal scorer Ellie Fowler would foul BYU Defender Kendall Peterson inside the 18-yard second before Mozingo converted on the penalty kick.
Mozingo now has five goals on the season and 27 in her BYU career.
BYU made a change at the goalkeeper position last Thursday September 21st in Waco, Texas as Freshman goalkeeper Lynette Hernaez earned her first career start and shutout against the Baylor Bears.
“We got to have better goalkeeping…I’ll say that for today too. We have to have better goalkeeping. For us to be a tournament team, we have to have goalkeeper.” Rockwood said in regards to Hernaez taking the place of previous starting goalkeeper Savana Mason.
With disappointment again left on South Field, and still looking to notch that first Big 12 win at home, the Cougars still have three more matches on their home pitch to get a win.
“There’s still a lot of soccer to still play. We lost a couple that we expected to get, there’s lots of points out there. We have to regroup, we have to learn from it… I think Iowa State will be similar. We are going to face teams that know we are a high scoring team and that are going to pack it in against us because it’s been somewhat effective.” said Rockwood in relation to her optimism for the rest of the season.
BYU now hits the road to take on Iowa State next Monday October 2nd at 5pm MDT. The game will be streamed on ESPN +