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Rose assists Cougars in shutout of T-Birds

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Southern Utah's Ashley Smith, left, and BYU's Amberlea Anderson battle for the soccer ball Monday at BYU.

Southern Utah’s Ashley Smith, left, and BYU’s Amberlea Anderson battle for the soccer ball Monday at BYU.

Michael Brandy, Deseret Morning News

PROVO — BYU women's soccer coach Jennifer Rockwood says senior All-American midfielder Aleisha Rose has the "best vision of anyone we've ever seen."

On Monday evening Rose had perfect vision as she broke a school record with four assists to lead BYU to a 5-0 win over Southern Utah in front of 1,006 fans at Southfield.

"The girls do an awesome job of getting open, and I just try to find them," Rose said. "It's just instinct I guess."

After coming off a 1-0 win over No. 7 Tennessee on Friday, Rockwood hoped she wouldn't see a letdown against SUU. In the win over Tennessee freshman Annie Zwahlen scored the game's only goal on a header in the 78th minute on an assist from Rose.

But for the first 20 minutes of the first half the Cougars struggled to put passes together and were beat to balls. BYU did manage three goals in the final 20 minutes of the half to lead 3-0.

"It's always challenging coming off a big game like Tennessee," Rockwood said. "Sometimes it is hard to get back on your feet for the next game.

Southern Utah came out and played really hard and beat us to balls." BYU took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute when Jennifer Fielding headed in a shot on a pass from Lydia Ojuka. Five minutes later Ojuka put the Cougars on top 2-0 when she fired a 15-yard shot from the right corner of the field. Rose recorded her first assist on the play.

The Cougars final first half goal came at the 31:55 mark off a corner kick from Nicole Jensen. Jensen took the pass from Rose, then took a few dribbles before firing a shot from just inside the left corner of the 18.

BYU's two second half goals came from Terra Bigelow in the 53rd minute and Bobbi Tillotson in the 79th minute. Rose assisted both goals.

The Cougars outshot the T-Birds 28-4 for the game. Rockwood was also able to clear her bench playing 11 reserves.

"I thought we did a much better job in the second half," Rockwood said. "We were able to settle down and move the ball around." The only downer to the Cougar win came when 16-year old freshman Claire Thomas went down with a possible fracture in her right leg with 12 minutes left in the first half. Prior to Monday's game BYU had already lost four players to injuries, two being season ending injuries.