Provo, UT –
No. 7 BYU women’s soccer finally secured its first Big 12 conference home win of the 2023 season against Kansas State 2-0 Monday night on South Field.
“Yeah, it’s about time. It feels good” Jennifer Rockwood said about the Cougars first conference at home. “I thought Ellie Walbruch was a really big difference maker in this game tonight. She came in and really made things happen.”
On the 30th shot for BYU (11-1-3, 4-0-3 Big 12) they would take a 1-0 lead over Kansas State in the 76th minute of the game.
Brecken Mozingo would find Allie Fryer inside the 18-yard who deflected the shot off her back foot that scraped just inside the post.
This was Fryer’s first goal since September 21st when she scored on the road against the Baylor Bears.
Since conference play Kendall Peterson had been knocking on the to get her first goal of the 2023 season. Peterson had 13 shots coming into Monday’s match against the Wildcats. In her game against Cincinnati Peterson had two shots on goal that nearly went in.
Finally one of Peterson’s shots would find the back of the net in the 83rd minute to give BYU 2-0 lead.
“That is what we talked about at halftime. They (Kansas State) are dropping so far back that a lot of our defenders were getting run-ins towards the goal…. You know if you have the goal then make then take you down, and Petty got a great goal. She gets shots off so effortlessly, it’s mind blowing. We told her when she gets shots on frame, they usually go in” were the words Coach Rockwood used to describe Kendall Peterson ability to get shots on goal.
Peterson’s goal would seal the game for the Cougars, not that Kansas State (3-9-3, 1-5-1 Big 12) had much of a chance in the game as BYU would hold them to one shot on goal throughout the entire game, and that shot coming in the first half.
As for BYU it would be a season high in shots with 38 and would be split shoutout for both goalkeepers Savannah Mason and Lynetter Hernaez, as both played a half a piece. Sophomore Camryn Jorgensen earned first career assist on Allie Fryer’s goal that happened in the 76th minute.
With only three games remaining in the 2023 season, BYU is currently in third in Big 12 standings with 15 points, four points out of first place sitting behind Texas Tech, and one point of second behind TCU. Both of whom they drawed with earlier this season.
BYU now hits the road for two matches against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The match against Oklahoma State is scheduled for Thursday October 12th, while the match against Oklahoma will be on Thursday October 16th. Both matches are scheduled for 7pm CT.