BYU 6, Utah 1
LAS VEGAS — Kim Lowe picked up her 10th and 11th goals of the year in leading the 9th-ranked BYU women's soccer team to its second straight Mountain West Conference soccer crown with a 6-1 victory over Utah Saturday.
The win improved the Cougars' record to 18-3-1, 6-0. Utah ended the year with a 13-7-1, 4-2 mark.
Lowe got the BYU offense on the scoreboard in the eighth minute of the championship game after receiving a pass from Michelle Peterson. Utah came back eight minutes later with its lone goal of the game by its leading scorer, Amy Kofoed, at the 14-minute mark. By halftime it was the Cougars taking the 4-1 advantage.
In the second half, Lowe put in her second goal of the game after a shot from Staci Reynolds rebounded off the goal post. Freshman Lydia Ojuka came off the bench to pick up her third goal of the season in the 70th minute of the match.
"This is a big win and something we've prepared for all year,' said BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood. "At the beginning of the season one of our goals was to be playing our best soccer right now and I'm pleased and proud of how all of our 26 players are performing right now."
Rockwood not only credited her seniors and the rest of her starting lineup but her bench players as well.
"Our bench players have given us some great performances in both of the tournament games this week," she added.
Aleisha Cramer, Michelle Peterson, Sara Reading and Jeni Willardson were named to the all-tournament team with Peterson picking up this year's MVP award.
Amy Kofoed and Shauna Gurr were named to the all-tournament team from Utah.
BYU will represent the Mountain West Conference at this year's NCAA Women's College Cup starting Wednesday. The 48-team pairings will be announced Sunday at 8 p.m. The bracket program will be broadcast on Home Team Sports (Direct TV, Channel 629/Dish Network 424) and Empire Sports (Direct TV 626/Dish Network 432).