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Flake, Tucker keep No. 10 BYU soccer undefeated, unbeaten in 5 vs. Utes

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Sep 6th, 2019 @ 11:24pm



PROVO — Elise Flake knew what this game meant.

Not only was it another home match in front of a standing room-only crowd at South Field. Not only was it a chance for a top-10 program nationally to prove itself at home.

Friday night was about the rivalry, and in recent years, BYU women's soccer has owned its rivalry with the in-state foe Utah.

None of that changed Friday night.

Flake and Cameron Tucker had a goal in either half, and the No. 10 BYU women’s soccer team cruised to a 2-0 win over rival Utah in front of an announced crowd of 5,036 fans Friday night at South Field.

"We knew what this meant," Flake told BYU Radio after the match. "It was a great week of practice. Our whole week of practice was on offense. It's always a tough game with (the Utes), because we've grown up with them.

"But it was great tonight, a great crowd and a great environment."

Sabrina Davis made 4 saves to earn the shutout for the Cougars, who improved to 4-0 with three wins over Power-5 opponents in 2019. The Cougars poured in 18 shots against the Utes, including nine shots on target to force 7 saves from Utah goalkeeper Carly Nelson.

"It's always a big game when you play Utah," BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "What an amazing environment, back and forth, great saves on both sides. It had a little bit of everything.

"I'm glad we came out on top, and I'm really proud of the girls."

Flake gave BYU a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of constant pressure, finishing off a through-ball from SaraJayne Affleck for her team-best fourth goal of the season for the 10th-ranked Cougars. The win is BYU's fifth-straight positive result over Utah (2-3), which hasn’t beaten BYU in Provo since 2007.

"Great ball from S.J., and I knew what I was doing," Flake said of the goal. "I've done it a million times in practice, I've done it in games. I knew what I was doing."

The attendance mark was just shy of BYU’s all-time record of 5,735 fans, set against UCLA in 2017.

It wasn’t without a superb defensive effort, either.

Davis made a pair of back-to-back stops midway through the first half — just a few minutes after Flake’s goal — to preserve the 1-0 advantage early.

Tucker doubled the advantage in the 64th minute, finishing off a pass from Flake in the 64th minute to convert Lizzy Braby’s corner kick for the Cougars’ first goal off a set piece of the season.

"It was great for Cam to get her first goal of the season," Flake said.

BYU hosts No. 13 Texas A&M Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. MDT, before a four-match road trip that begins Monday, Sept. 16 at Utah Valley.

Utah heads to the Gem State to face Boise State on Sunday, Sept. 8

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