“But I can just feel how much the returning players want to do better this year than we did last year.” Key losses F Ashley Hatch, MF Michele Murphy Vasconcelos, MF Elena Medeiros Key returners D Taylor Campbell Isom, F Elise Flake, GK Hannah Clark, F Nadia Gomes, F Madie Lyons Mathews, D Stephanie Ney, MF Bizzy Bowen 18 and play against Ohio State at South Field in their home opener Aug.
That includes going to Penn State for the second straight year after the Cougars stunned the No. 8.
BYU’s entire defense returns, led by senior goalkeeper Hannah Clark and senior defender Taylor Campbell Isom, the 2016 WCC Defender of the Year who was named Tuesday to the watch list for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy.
The top returning offensive player is Nadia Gomes, the WCC Player of the Year in 2015.
Rockwood said goals also will come from sophomore Elise Flake, who didn’t get a lot of time last year due to how strong the front line was in 2016.
Madie Siddoway and Madie Lyons Mathews also are key returners, and top newcomers include high school All-American Cameron Tucker and Mikayla Colohan of Davis High’s mythical national championship team.
We had such a great year last year, and all those returning players believe they can do even better this year.”