BYU women's soccer

BYU midfielder Madie Gates, center, celebrates with teammates after her game-winning goal against Utah, on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. 

She’ll still answer to “Sid” but a lot has changed over the career of BYU senior Madie Siddoway Gates.

Gates arrived on campus in 2015 from Sky View High School and La Roca Soccer Club, part of a four-person recruiting class for Jennifer Rockwood and the Cougar women’s soccer team.

Four years later, she’s the only senior on the squad, which is battling for the West Coast Conference title and has two very important matches with San Francisco and No. 6 Santa Clara at South Field.

Everything has come together for Gates’ senior season and she’ll play her final two regular season home games this week.

“My experience here has been awesome,” Gates said. “It’s been a great four years on and off the field and this season we’ve had a great team culture. I have a lot of good memories on the field, obviously, but I think the thing I’ll take away the most from BYU soccer is the people and the relationships with the coaches, trainers and teammates.”

Gates — who married BYU baseball player Riley Gates in January — has been a solid contributor for BYU as a senior. Her shining moment was a late goal to beat rival Utah in Salt Lake City on Sept. 7. She scored only one goal in her first three seasons but has five this year. Gates has started all 14 BYU matches and played 2,517 minutes.

“Madie has been amazing from the time she got here,” Rockwood said. “It’s really a compliment to say she’s kind of an old soul. She came in as a freshman mature and outgoing and so full of life with so much personality. She’s so warm and friendly but she’s such a true competitor. She’s worked as hard as anyone to improve and set a great example for her teammates. She’s a big part of our attack and our press and everything that we do in front of the goal. She’s been a true asset for us.”

Gates leads a seven-person leadership council on the team.

“Those girls are in change of leading the team and helping organize the vibe,” Rockwood said. “They settle us down or get us going when we need to. Sid is the main person but she has a great supporting staff.”

The Cougars are 10-4-1 overall and 5-1-0 in WCC play, tied with Santa Clara at the top of the standings. This week’s games — the first home matches played since the end of September — will determine the course of BYU’s post-season aspirations.

“We’re just excited to be playing back on South Field,” Rockwood said. “There’s a lot on the line. It almost feels like a tournament game. We’re just trying to clean up everything we’ve been working on. We’ve done some review in our attack last couple of days and we’re just anxious to get out there.”

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