The BYU women's soccer team used every method possible to attack the goal of visiting Texas Thursday night at South Field.

The Cougars went up the middle, they spread the field wide, they got numerous set pieces, they fired the ball long, they used short passes, quick counterattacks, everything.

But it took 18 shots before BYU finally got one to go in.

Cougar senior defender Dana Oldroyd Cusick broke through in the 54th minute for BYU to give the home team the 5-0 victory over the Longhorns.

"I'm so proud of the team and the way they came out," said Cougar head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "We are gaining confidence in the system and really coming together on the field. That was a great performance for us."

Cusick's goal capped a solid game for the senior, who not only helped control the back line but also pressed forward a number of times to create opportunities for her team.

"The was such a fun game," Cusick said. "I feel grateful and lucky (that I was able to score the first goal). I'm glad I was able to get it started and that the other girls finished it off."

Although BYU had lost three of the four previous meetings with Texas, this one didn't follow the Longhorn script right from the beginning.

Nearly everything went the Cougars' way in the first half as they shot 15 times (they had 30 for the game) and earned nine corner kicks, but somehow Texas escaped every time.

BYU actually had two shots hit off the crossbar in the first 10 minutes of play (the first by Cusick and the second by sophomore Jaiden Thornock).

The Cougars also had two open headers in the middle of the Longhorn box go over the top, a couple of shots trickle across the face of the goal and go wide, and another great shot get pushed away by Texas keeper Ava Vogel.

"In our sport, a game can change on one shot and we've already seen that this year," Rockwood said. "But I think you saw our composure because we didn't worry or panic. Finally it fell the right way for us."

Texas's only scoring opportunity in the first 45 minutes came off one of its two corner kicks, when the ball pinballed in the Cougar box and twice had to be knocked away by BYU defenders before it got out of danger.

The Cougars maintained the same superiority after halftime and it appeared to be just a matter of time before the ball found the net.

That finally happened with Cusick's long, bending shot that was placed perfectly into the top-left corner of the net.

Once BYU got on the board, the floodgates opened and the home team poured in three more scores in the next 20 minutes of play.

The first two of them were scored on well-placed shots by Cougar freshman forward Michelle Murphy.

Murphy might have had a chance to go for the hat trick, but instead slide the ball to where senior forward Carlee Payne Holmoe waited to put it home.

"Once we got one, we were able to settle in," Murphy said. "We got shot after shot after shot, then Dana (Cusick) made that perfect shot and we were then able to put more in."

The home team capped the scoring with a perfect 35-yard free kick by senior Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall.

BYU now faces another huge home test as it welcomes No. 6-ranked Penn State to Provo on Saturday. That game will take place at 7p.m. at South Field and will be broadcast live on BYUtv.

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