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Soccer team at No. 12

Women to be on road this week to Arizona and Arizona State

A thrilling 1-0 victory over then-No. 9 California last week earned the BYU women's soccer team respect from national pollsters at SoccerTimes.com, who bumped BYU up four spots to No. 12 in this week's poll.

The Cougars are tied at the spot with Boston College, six points behind No. 11 Texas A&M and 10 points behind No. 10 Duke. It is the highest position the Cougars have held in the poll since finishing the regular season in 2000 at No. 11.

BYU (9-0-1) suffered a bit of an emotional letdown Saturday, tying Eastern Washington just one day after the upset victory over California before a raucous, record-setting crowd of 3,810.

Sophomore midfielder Natalie Nate, who scored the game-winning goal against Cal on a penalty kick, was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her performance, while sophomore goalkeeper Erika Woodbury earned the Defensive Player of the Week award. Woodbury has only allowed one goal in 10 starts this season.

The Cougars will be on the road this week, visiting No. 22 Arizona tonight and Arizona State on Saturday night. The Wildcats will be the fourth ranked opponent the Cougars have faced this year.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Also undefeated (9-0), BYU is moving up the polls this week as well. In the latest CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll, the Cougars moved up two spots from No. 22 to No. 20.

The Cougars won two important conference games on a tough road trip last week, defeating New Mexico in five games on Friday night and Air Force in five games on Saturday night.

The two wins moved BYU to 9-0 for the first time since 1987.

MEN'S HOCKEY: The Provo IceCats, an independent club hockey team composed of BYU student athletes, lost its season opener Saturday night to Utah State, 3-0.

The Aggies did not score until 19th minute of the second period. Utah State then added two more goals in the third period to outlast Provo.

The Aggies also beat the IceCats 4-3 in overtime in a preseason exhibition match the week before.

The two teams will be seeing a lot of each other this season — there are two more games scheduled, the first of which is Oct. 7.


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