PROVO, Utah – The Saint Mary’s women’s soccer team opened the scoring at No. 19 Brigham Young but the Cougars showed why they are the WCC Co-champs, handing the Gaels a loss to close 2013.
“Credit to BYU, they are a top team,” said head coach Kai Edwards. “We gave so much to the USD match and we just ran out of gas today.”
The Gaels got on the board first, stunning the 2,100+ in attendance for the BYU senior day match. In the 7th minute, Briana Campos scored her eighth goal of the year and second of the road trip to give SMC the early advantage. Casidee Lynch assisted on the play, her second assist of the season.
The goal served as an early match wake-up for the Cougars as BYU scored in the 13th minute and the 25th minute. BYU added a score in the 31st minute to take a 3-1 lead at the break. The Cougars attempted nearly 20 shots in the first half as Kaeli Schmidt tallied seven saves in the half.
Schmidt’s 108 saves this season is the third highest total in school history, trailing Ruth Montgomery (2002, 109) and Natalie Swanson (1991, 122).
BYU scored three goals in each half and won the match by a 6-1 score. BYU took 15 shots on goal in the match.
Senior back-up goal-keeper Nicole Schultz played the final 34 minutes of the match, making two saves and finishing her career on the field.
The Gaels attempted three shots on the day, all three coming on goal. In addition to Campos’ goal, Melinda Madden and Jessica Castillo fired off shots on goal.
“I couldn’t be more proud of how our ladies conducted themselves all season, how they played all season and the effort they gave every day,” said Edwards. “We are so proud of what our seniors brought to this program. They put us in better position for the future and to compete for a top table spot next season.”
Lynch ended up playing 85 minutes, meaning the sophomore defender played all but 10 minutes during the year.
Campos’ eight goals in 2013 makes it just the third time in the last nine years for a Gael to score at least eight goals. Jessica Menzhuber netted 11 in 2009 and Jordan Marada connected on nine in 2011.