The BYU Cougars kicked off their 2011 campaign with a big win over Boise State in Provo, Utah on Saturday. The Cougars won 17-3.
BYU (1-0) and Boise State (0-1) were rusty out of the gate. Both teams were taking poor shots and missing the net completely to begin the game. However, BYU attackmen, Ted Ferrin, made his mark early, and showed why he was picked to be a captain for the Cougars. Notching 2 goals and 2 assists in the first quarter, Ferrin was part of every Cougar goal in the first quarter.
BYU didn’t find their grove until a few minutes into the second quarter. With 11:23 remaining in the half, BYU midfielder Patrick Matheson scored which started a huge run for the Cougars. BYU scored at 10:32, 9:18, 7:56, 7:42, and 4:56, giving the Cougars a 10 goal lead. Just when things were looking up for the Cougars, Boise State midfielder Jake Christensen scored for the Broncos while BSU were short handed.
BYU only scored 2 goals in the third quarter but started off the fourth quarter with 5 consecutive goals within 5 minutes to take a 17-1 lead which allowed BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck to put in the reserves and cruise to victory.
Nine Cougars scored with Ferrin leading the way with 4 goals and 4 assists. BYU midfielder Jared Houghton had 2 goals and 3 assists.
Jake Christensen, Jeremy Bradburn and Karson Fullmer found the back of the net for the Broncos. On the defensive side of the ball, Broncos goalie Kevin Kaup allowed 17 goals, made 3 saves and faced 44 shots.
BYU was perfect on clears. They successfully cleared the ball 18 times while Boise State was 11-22 on clears. The Cougars won 17-24 face-offs.
“It was a good game for our first game of the year,” said Coach Schneck. “I think that we were a little sloppy and there are definitely things we need to improve on.”
BYU will head to California in two weeks to play LMU, Cal (0-1) and Claremont (1-0).
Boise State will scrimmage Utah State in two weeks before playing Chico State.