by Mike Miller
Women’s soccer and volleyball continue to rack up win after win, while BYU football was back in the win column and national rankings this week. While some eyes might start to turn to postseason play, all Cougar athletics still have to see out the regular season before focusing on potentially bigger things.
For the first time since September 18, 2021, the women’s soccer team did not score at least six goals in a game. Despite that, they won both of their games this week. On Wednesday, they defeated San Francisco in California 3-1. The Cougars started quick in both halves, scoring four minutes into the first half and ten seconds into the second half. BYU was back at home Saturday and took care of business against LMU with a final score of 2-0. Just like on Wednesday, the Cougars scored quick again with a goal one minute and four seconds into the match.
Next Up: #12 BYU travels to California to play defending national champions Santa Clara on Saturday. The game also has WCC title ramifications as BYU puts their undefeated WCC record on the line against a one-loss SCU team eager to win a WCC title two years in a row. Barring a disaster in the last couple of games this season, a BYU win on Saturday will lock up the WCC title. The game kicks off at 2:00 p.m. MST.
In their 19 wins this season, the women’s volleyball team has swept their opponents in 16 of them. That trend continued on Friday as the Cougars added a victory over San Diego to their list of sweeps. San Diego was ranked #21 entering the match, so the win cements BYU’s position as one of the best teams in the country. Both schools were also undefeated in WCC play, so BYU now controls their own destiny on the path to a WCC championship with a month left in the season.
Next Up: #8 BYU plays a pair of home games this week. San Francisco visits on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. MST, followed by a Saturday match against Santa Clara at 1:00 p.m. MST.
It may not have been the prettiest performance in the world, but after two straight losses, the football team will be happy with a 21-19 win at Washington State last week. Tyler Allgeier, arguably BYU’s MVP this season, led the offense with two touchdowns. Even sweeter, the Cougars cracked the national rankings again with the win, coming in at #25.
Next Up: Former BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall returns to Provo as Virginia visits on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Cougars will have to be ready for Virginia’s high-powered offense, which has scored at least 30 points in every game this season except one on the way to a 7-2 record.
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