It was a record-breaking night all around for the BYU soccer team as the Cougars faced Nebraska on South Field on Saturday night and ran away with the 3-0 victory over the previously undefeated Cornhuskers.

The No. 6-ranked Cougars recorded their 100th shutout at South Field and improved to 2-0-0 this season in front of a record 5,108 fans.

The Cougars returned seven starters from last year’s Elite Eight squad, but it was a freshman heading in her first-ever goal at BYU who picked up the game winner.

Elena Medeiros came in off the bench and scored in the 42nd minute on a header off the assist from Niki Fernandes to give BYU the 1-0 lead.

“It was unreal. I had a good ball from Niki, and I ended up placing it in the bottom of the net. It’s exciting. As soon as you get the first one, it keeps going from there,” Medeiros said of her first college goal.

The BYU offense picked up a bit in the second half, as the team got goals from Cloee Colohan and Orem’s Marissa Nimmer to close things out with the 3-0 win. Colohan celebrated her goal in the 54th minute with the crowd.

“That was awesome. I knew if I scored I wanted them to be a part of it too. I knew I was going to the fans. They gave us so much energy, so much confidence, I love it,” Colohan said after the game.

It was the Cougars’ first victory over the Cornhuskers, and the players noted how important the win was despite the fact that the Cougars came into the contest with the high national ranking this season.

“It was a great college game tonight against Nebraska, who is a great offensive team. I think we did a great job trying to read what they were doing in the first half and not getting frustrated,” BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood noted.

The record-breaking fan support and defensive record were not lost on her either.

“It’s (the 100th shutout) a big deal for us because first and foremost we focus on team defense, and we had four people back there tonight in new positions. They did a great job, and tonight they were really tested,” Rockwood added.

She also noted that Nimmer, and her ability to come into the game late and land the third and final goal into the net are a great asset to the team.

“Marissa is someone who can put it in there. That was a big goal for us. It really put the game away,” Rockwood noted.

The game is the 13th straight regular season home victory for the Cougars, and Rockwood thinks her team gained fan support after last season’s tremendous tournament play.

“We’ve gotten such great support over the years. I think after last year we

Nebraska fell to 2-1-0 this season. The Cougars now prepare to play at No. 25 LSU on Monday and at home against the Utah in a revenge match at 7 p.m. Friday.

 

The game is the 13th straight regular season home victory for the Cougars, and Rockwood thinks her team gained fan support after last season’s tremendous tournament play.

“We’ve gotten such great support over the years. I think after last year we gained some new followers. They give us great energy, great adrenaline,”Rockwood added.

Nebraska fell to 2-1-0 this season. The Cougars now prepare to play at No. 25 LSU on Monday and at home against the Utah in a revenge match at 7 p.m. Friday.