The No. 13 BYU women’s soccer team wraps up its home schedule this week by hosting UNLV and San Diego State.
At 12-2-1 overall and 3-1 in Mountain West Conference play, the Cougars are looking to stay unbeaten at home this season and run their home winning streak to 17 games.
One of the keys to the Cougars’ success in 2010 has been the play of senior forward/midfielder Kassidy Shumway who has taken her game to a new level this year as a leader on the field.
Kassidy, who is married to BYU lacrosse player Drew Shumway, leads a balanced BYU scoring attack with 17 points on six goals and five assists.
For her career Shumway has racked up 26 goals and 15 assists on her way to scoring 67 points in 84 career games.
Shumway, along with teammates Carlee Payne (2009 MWC freshman of the year) and Jennie Marshall (7 goals this season), have helped to make BYU one of the most explosive teams in the country. As a team the Cougars have outscored their competition this season 32-8.
Kassidy has played a significant role in the recent success of BYU soccer since early in her career, earning a starting role midway through her freshman season in 2007.
She has been named as an all-conference player each of the last two years, being named to the All-Mountain West Conference first team in 2009.
Shumway is known as a tough competitor on the field, a hard runner, a threat to score at anytime or to get the ball to an open teammate for a shot on goal.
Last year she was part of a national story when she was thrown to the ground by her ponytail when New Mexico’s Elizabeth Lambert went on infamous tirade against the Cougars in the Mountain West Conference tournament semi-finals.
Shumway and the Cougars shrugged off Lambert’s dirty play and the Lobos with a 1-0 victory and advanced to the MWC title game.
On Saturday though, the No. 17 Lobos exacted revenge with a 1-0 double-overtime win over BYU in Albuquerque. That game went off without a major incident this time around.
With just three conference games to go the Cougars need wins in both outings this week in an effort to keep pace with 4-0 New Mexico. BYU will continue to rely on Shumway to both score, and perhaps more importantly, set up her many talented teammates.
BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood talks about Shumway’s contribution to BYU’s success…
BYU faces UNLV (10-5, 2-2) on Thursday night, while San Diego State (5-8-3, 3-1) comes into town on Saturday. Both games begin at 7 pm at South Stadium. The Cougars then travel to No. 11 Santa Clara next Thursday before wrapping up the regular season at Utah on October 30th.